Jim Henson Films
Raymond Scott provided soundtrack music for a number of short experimental films by Jim Henson in 1966 and 1967.
Limbo: The Organized Mind (1966): Animation by Jim Henson, electronic musique concrète score by Raymond Scott. The film’s narrator (Henson) guides us through the recesses of his complex mind.
In 1967, Henson was commissioned by IBM to produce a film showcasing the virtues of their new technology—the MT/ST, a first-generation word processor. The film explored how the MT/ST could help control the massive amount of paper documents generated by a business office. Paperwork Explosion, produced in October 1967, is a quick-cut montage of images and words illustrating the intensity and pace of modern business. Raymond Scott created the electronic score and sound effects.
In 1966-67, Henson created two short films for a competition at Montreal’s Expo 67. Ripples, shot on 16mm film, explored motion and movement, and was accompanied by an electronic score created by Raymond Scott. The film featured an architect (played by Sesame Street colleague Jon Stone) making ripples by tossing pebbles into water.
In 1967 Henson was hired to produce a commercial for Bufferin pain reliever. In the spot, titled Memories, an actor played the lead, Henson provided the voiceover, and the electronic score was composed by Raymond Scott.
Wheels That Go, a short film made by Henson in 1967, explored motion and movement, and was accompanied by an electronic score created by Raymond Scott. The film features Henson’s son Brian playing with things with wheels. [NOTE: The video is temporarily unavailable while the Jim Henson Company migrates their content away from YouTube to another platform. The video will be restored here at a future date.]
All films courtesy The Jim Henson Company
Soundtrack music by Raymond Scott © Gateway Music (ASCAP)