Manhattan Research, Inc.

Manhattan Research, Inc.

by Raymond ScottRaymond Scott


Whether you know it or not, you've probably already heard the music of Raymond Scott. Scott was an electronic music pioneer who not only composed fascinating inorganic music, but also invented patented instruments such as the clavivox, the circle machine, and Bandito the Bongo Artist. Although he was a serious composer, some of his zany but infectious melodies, such as "Powerhouse" and "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals," were used in early Warner Bros. cartoons from the '30s and '40s (many are available on Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights). Most of the 69 tracks on Manhattan Research come from a later period -- the '60s -- and range from spacey electronic abstractions to kitschy jingles for Bufferin and Vicks cough drops. There are also two pre-Muppets collaborations with Jim Henson that demonstrate the limitless imaginations of both men. Listening to Scott's music today can be somewhat disorienting -- its chirpy blips sound simultaneously primitive and futuristic, outlandishly bizarre but cozily familiar. This comprehensive two-disc set comes with a 144-page, full-color, hardcover book featuring analyses and interviews with those who respected and worked with him, including synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog. It's a well-deserved homage to a man whose aural noodling broke new ground and challenged our notion of what music should be.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2017
Label: Basta
UPC: 8712530907828
catalogNumber: 782


Disc 1

  1. Manhattan Research, Inc.
  2. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (Instr., Take 4)
  3. Bendix 1: "The Tomorrow People"
  4. Lightworks
  5. The Bass-Line Generator
  6. Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night!
  7. B.C. 1675 (The "Gillette" Conga Drum Jingle)
  8. Vim
  9. Auto-Lite: Sta-Ful (Instr.)
  10. Sprite: Melonball Bounce (Instr.)
  11. Sprite: Melonball Bounce
  12. Wheels That Go
  13. Limbo: The Organized Mind
  14. Portofino 1
  15. County Fair
  16. Lady Gaylord
  17. Good Air (Take 7)
  18. IBM MT / ST: "The Paperwork Explosion"
  19. Domino
  20. Super Cheer
  21. Cheer: Revision 3 (New Backgrounds)
  22. Twilight in Turkey
  23. Raymond Scott Quote / Vicks: Medicated Cough Drops
  24. Vicks: Formula 44
  25. Auto-Lite: Spark Plugs
  26. Nescafé
  27. Awake
  28. Backwards Overload
  29. Bufferin: Memories (Original)
  30. Bandito the Bongo Artist
  31. Night and Day (C. Porter)
  32. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. ("395")
  33. K2r
  34. IBM Probe
  35. GMGM 1A
  36. The Rhythm Modulator

Disc 2

  1. Ohio Plus
  2. In the Hall of the Mountain Queen
  3. General Motors: Futurama
  4. Portofino
  5. The Wild Piece (a.k.a. "String Piece")
  6. Take Me To Your Violin Teacher
  7. Ripples (Original Soundtrack)
  8. Cyclic Bit
  9. Ripples (Montage)
  10. The Wing Thing
  11. County Fair (Instr.)
  12. Cindy Electronium
  13. Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night! (Instr.)
  14. Hostess: Twinkies
  15. Hostess: Twinkies (Instr.)
  16. Ohio Bell: Thermo Fax
  17. The Pygmy Taxi Corporation
  18. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (Announce Copy, Take 1)
  19. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.
  20. Lightworks (Slow)
  21. The Paperwork Explosion (Instr.)
  22. Auto-Lite: Ford Family
  23. Auto-Lite: Ford Family (Instr.)
  24. Raymond Scott Quote / Auto-Lite: "Wheels"
  25. Bufferin: "Memories" (Demo)
  26. Space Mystery (Montage)
  27. The Toy Trumpet
  28. Backward Beeps
  29. Raymond Scott Quote / Auto-Lite: Sta-Ful
  30. Lightworks (Instr.)
  31. When Will It End?
  32. Bendix 2: "The Tomorrow People"
  33. Electronic Audio Logos, Inc.

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raymond Scott   Primary Artist,Keyboards,electronics,Clavivox,Electronium,Circle Machine
Dorothy Collins   Vocals
Jim Henson   Narrator
Robert Moog   Interviewee
Herbert A. Deutsch   Interviewee
Thomas Rhea   Interviewee

Technical Credits

Joel Chadabe   Liner Notes
Gert-Jan Blom   Producer,Liner Notes,Track Notes
Irwin Chusid   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Emile Elsen   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Raymond Scott   Composer,Contributor,Liner Notes
Piet Schreuders   Art Direction,Photo Montage
Sytze Gardenier   Engineer
Robert Moog   Author
Thomas Rhea   Liner Notes
Jeff Winner   Producer,Liner Notes,Track Notes
Hay Zeelen   Engineer
Michele Wood   Liner Notes
Theo van der Schaaf   Executive Producer
Mitzi Scott   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Alan D. Haas   Liner Notes
Harry W. McMahan   Liner Notes
Karen Falk   Liner Notes
Jeroen van der Schaaf   Executive Producer
Alan Entenman   Liner Notes
Herb Deutsch   Liner Notes
Bob Foster   DAT Transfer

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