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Soothing Sounds for Baby: Volume 1, 1-6 Months

Raymond Scott Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Basta
  • ASIN: B000025521
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Lullaby14:11Album Only
Listen  2. Sleepy Time 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Nursery Rhyme 5:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tic Toc 8:030.99  Buy MP3 


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There's good news and there's good news. After 10 minutes of track 1, Lullaby, my one-month-old was fast asleep. As it played on, she continued to rest peacefully at a time when she would normally have been one alert little munchkin.
And now for the other good news: This is a fantastic recording, and an important one for music lovers and musicologists. Having been recording in 1962/3, this sounds extraordinarily sophisticated (in a mellow, analogue "soothing" way). It sounds as if it could have been made today, and put out on Warp Records. The melodic blips and rhythyms are echoed in Radiohead's recent releases and, as the liner notes point out, this work pre-dates Brian Eno's Discreet Music by a decade.
Raymond Scott himself was a nutty genius who made it his life's work to experiment with sounds and instruments. While I appreciate a lot of his stuff - notably the outlandish cartoon music he made for Warner Brothers cartoons of the 30s, as chronicled on Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights - I wouldn't necessarily listen to it over and over again. But the music found on Soothing Sounds.. is not only innovative; more importantly, it is extremely listenable and, well, 'soothing'.
Just one note of caution. Not all parents enjoy Eno or Aphex Twin. And so some parents might not actually get a kick out of this whole album. But the album is worth the first track alone - and I defy you to try it with your baby and not be impressed by the results. This is experimental stuff for both you and your little one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Echoes of a Distant Past 7 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This first volume of soothing sounds for baby is a wonderful journey into a distant world, maybe our own pre-memory past."Sleepy times" is a haunting melody conjuring images of sleepy and content babies. "Music box" sounds like a group of tiny pipe players and "Nursery Rhyme" takes this one step further and envokes the idea of scores of small wooden toys coming to life for a festive dance.
Like any re-release, the music is open to completely different interpretation from the modernistic sixties. It is much more likely to appeal to adults with curiosity for the cover art, the dated sounds, or just for academic interest.What possibly seemed cheap and plasticky music on its release has now mellowed into a charming collection of melodies that show up contempory childrens music for being too overstated.
The historic perspective is made all the more interesting by the fact that Raymond Scott was an intensely private man in search of his dream of directly realising the composer's sounds without interference from other musicians' interpretations. So in a way, when we listen to this CD we are observing the sounds inside Mr Scott's head. Those comments about his rooms of electronic equipment being his "play rooms" were not far wrong!
Well worth a listen and a trip back in time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soothing Sounds for techno fans 21 Feb 2010
By pilgrim
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let me start the review by saying I love this stuff. I have all 3 albums and currently listen to them as I commute. I don't have any children of my own, but a niece who lives nearby (currently 12 months). She also seems to enjoy the sounds. However I do feel that main interest in this music is not for baby soothing, but as historic interest for musicians and those interested in electronica. I don't have enough baby experience to say that it works in general, but I do have enough music experience to say this is very interesting stuff indeed. The melodies and choice of sounds for melodies are amongst the least appealing aspects of these recordings (from my point of view). The sound scape effect and play with texture and timbre are amongst the most attractive parts. Be warned these recordings can be quite hypnotic. It also makes me want to here more Raymond Scott music.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world�s first 'ambient' synthesizer record 13 Aug 2000
By TUCO H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's something to annoy your infant with. If you let your infant listen to this he's likely to think he's on another planet. Not that he knows what this planet is all about . Your job is to confuse him even more; make it hard for him to learn how to cope with the snot-nose Disney brats he's likely to meet in nursery school. This will make him a rebel of sorts in the future and unfit for the traditional type of what is called a `job.' This will be the basis of all his future happiness. Think of it as a sort of vaccination against all the bad music he's likely to hear in the future. All us grown infants who could use a bit of infant wonder back in our heads also very much dig this music. It's great stuff. In fact, I prefer this to the two ENO discs I have which tend to make things a little too lethargic. This puts you in a relaxed but demented zone, not too far from the Twilight Zone. It sounds like a PONG gone surreally melodic. This is what you put on in the background when you're ready to read `War and Peace.'
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my baby loves it (no joking!) 5 Nov 2001
By R. Delapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album for my six week old baby girl, hoping to find a Kraftwerk for infants. And while i have't been disappointed in the least i am actually quite surprised that she likes it as much as she does. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that my girlfriend listened to Computerwelt incessently back when that little tyke was still swimming around in the womb. Still though, some of these songs seem anything but soothing to me. One song in particular sounds like it has a alarm clock blaring continuously throughout its ten minute running time. But what did my baby do but sleep soundly through it. You may object and say that a baby that age, when asleep, would slumber through anything. But i have put this on in the middle of screaming fits and it calms her right down. We love it! Raymond Scott makes me proud to be a parent! I just can't wait now until she is old enough to appreciate Bruce Haack.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Birth of Electronik 16 July 2001
By William - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had the random chance of hearing the first two tracks of this ingenuous set one late night while listening to my school's radio station. Kind of intrigued by the history of the creator (who also created the first Moog-type keyboard for his daughter who wanted to be able to play piano without lessons), I HAD to hear the tracks that would be played from this album. Well, this album isn't just for babies....the tracks repeat simple melodies arranged in a loop of sorts with little change throught the track. Now, this may seem monotonous, but it isn't much different than what a lot of Baroque music does....this isn't Baroque, by any means, but the effect is the same.....peace achieved through soothing simplicity....and you can't get enough. This album is on my "Must Buy" list...not only for my love of electronic music, but also as it is a cornerstone to today's musical stylings of the world's best producers of electronic music.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kraftwerk for infants 9 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Lullaby" is the best song on this disk and it sounds as though Kraftwerk may have listened to this when composing the beginning of "Europe Endless" from "Trans-Europe Express". It's a pleasant, dreamy sort of repetitive piece of music and I've fallen asleep to it myself a few times when I programmed my CD player to stop at the end of it and not go on to the rest of the CD. At 14 minutes, "Lullaby" gives you time to drift off into an electronically induced sleep. The other songs are also pleasant and fun with the major exception of "Tic Toc". "Tic Toc" has no melody and is exactly what the title suggests, an electronic version of a constant "tic-toc" clock sound that seems to go on forever. Maybe a baby would find this spellbinding but, I personally think you could play this to torture people. That's why I gave this CD 4 stars instead of 5.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World's First 'Ambient Electronic' albums!? 21 July 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Composed & performed by RAYMOND SCOTT on primitive home-built electronic instruments which SCOTT began to design & build in the 1940s. As ambient electronic music, these albums predate -- yet are comparable to; BRIAN ENO/FRIPP, PHILIP GLASS, APHEX TWIN, & KRAFTWERK. The 3 vinyl albums were originally released by Epic & had been out-of-print for over 35 years!
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