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4.0 out of 5 stars research is the key word., 18 Nov 2003
Paul Waller "p_dubya" (London UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Manhattan Research Inc (Audio CD)
i have to warn you that this cd is not a "musical" listening experience as such.
you can't listen to this album on a purely musical basis, it's ultimately a collection of early 60's "sci-fi" orientated adverts.
if you're into early electronic music/compositions you're much better off with oskar sala on the tritonium, karlheinze stockhausen or morton subotnick on the buchla.
raymond scott was a hugely succesful jazz/classical composer/bandleader in the 30's, the music he composed in this era became the basis of cartoon music when carl stalling adapted his compositions for warner brothers cartoons such as bugs bunny.
scott obviously made a great deal of money from his early compositions, he ultimately spent all this money on pursuing his desire to cut out all human intereraction in his composition by developing machines that could succesfully replace musicians!
this guy employed people like bob moog to write circuitry that allowed him to develop maybe the first sequencer and drum machine amongst other breathtakingly early concepts in electronic music. the way he employed these machines is scarily close to the way almost all of us use "sequencers" and "arpeggiators" to this day, more so than subotnick's use of the buchla a few years later. however, please understand that to listen to the evidence is a scientific, rather than musical experience.
almost every track is commisioned by a corporation and therefore has an accompanying "voiceover", these get very tiring and ultimately, not only dictate the flow of the sound but also become overbearing. low on composition then, high on gimmick/effect, and FAR too much voiceover element.
it has to be said that the accompanying 150? page HARDBACK book that serves as the packaging for this cd is unquestionably great! as far as the musical content is concerned though, not for the music listener as much as the music producer looking for interesting "samples" of which there are undoubtedly many.
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