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Raymond Scott - Three Willow Park

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Packaged as a 3LP-set, Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961-1971 represents the second anthology of pioneering electronica by Raymond Scott. The album contains 61 previously unissued gems, many featuring hypnotic rhythm tracks played by Scott's Electronium – an invention which composed and performed using programmed intelligence. Three Willow Park reveals that Scott was producing beat-oriented proto-techno before the 1970s explosion of electronic music and rhythms on the pop charts, a significant achievement that should not be overlooked.

In 2000, Basta issued Manhattan Research Inc., a 2CD-set of 69 tracks recorded 1953-69, spotlighting Scott's groundbreaking electronica – a gallery of strange sounds seemingly beamed down from UFOs. MRI also presented some of the earliest TV and radio commercials to feature electronic music, as well as early film soundtrack collaborations with Jim Henson. Three Willow Park presents the next stage in assuring Scott's place in electronic music history.

Besides the Electronium, sounds heard on Three Willow Park were generated by the Circle Machine; Clavivox; Bass-Line Generator; Bandito the Bongo Artist (a drum machine); tone, melody, rhythm and sound effects generators (some controlled, others random); oscillators, sequencers, and modulators; tape montages; and acoustic instruments and voices. These recordings, like those on MRI, define and establish Scott's legacy in electronic music history.

 

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