Raymond Scott Quintette, Manhattan Research, Inc.

Andy Battaglia

By Andy Battaglia

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Zany and brainy commercial jingles from an electronic pioneer.

The work of Raymond Scott lends invaluable context to an electronic-music survey, but more importantly, it's an absolute blast to listen to! Scott was a strange composer who worked in a number of different guises; in this one, he was a commercial jingle artist and inventor of zany, brainy sonic backgrounds. Tracks like "IBM MT/ST: The Paperwork Explosion" feature hokey (and brilliant) ad copy over electronic tones that Scott recorded on machines of his own making. It's hard to overstate how modern most of them sound — just listen to "The Bass-Line Generator" and then remember it was made by an old guy in a lab coat in the '50s.