By Mark Frauenfelder at 10:34 am Thu, Apr 16, 2009
I count six there :P
Awesome though :D
Nothing beats The Harmonicats!
For the folks who weren’t aware that they were listening to Raymond Scott’s music when they were watching those old B&W cartoons by Warner Brothers, you can start here:
Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals
Some of the related videos link to more pieces by Scott.
Hee hee–love the clever little tag at the end. Raymond Scott’s music is great–wildly creative and fun.
I think an accordion is in order here!
If five of them are considered dapper, what’s wrong with the sixth one? Is the fellow with the larger harp ‘bragging’, and therefore not dapper, perhaps?
#2: Oh, was that Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats? I’ve heard recordings, and I’ve seen stills, but I wasn’t sure.
#5: Harmonica is part of the same family of German (or German-influenced) free reed instruments as some kinds of button accordion and the Anglo-German Concertina. Harmonica reed construction (a single reed plate) is similar to that of accordions. So, yes, the overtones are similar; one of the largest differences (outside of the obvious one of mouth versus bellows-and-valves) is that harmonicas are designed so the pitch can be bent by over-blowing them; most other members of the family don’t allow that.
I love how they pan over to the “orchestra” afterword, just for the “ta daa!” coda.
The sixth man in the quintet reminded me of the forth book in Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers Trilogy ;-)
I’ve wasted my life.
@#6 It’s a 48 chord harmonica. All the big players suzuki,horner make them. But they almost always cost over a thousand dollars!
and then just to push things completely over the top:
I wonder if this was Pynchon’s inspiration for the Chums of Chance Harmonica Band tangent in Against the Day.
Whoa. Bass harmonicas. This is the most mind blowing (yet, not entirely surprising) discovery since I saw a pack a of *racing* (i.e. “modified for racing”) unicycles. (Yes, the unicycles were racing as well.)
Just shows that being a pretty girl isn’t always a necessary condition for having Mark link to your music!
But seriously, Raymond Scott’s music is teh awesome.
A Scott cover band I can’t recommend highly enough is the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, assembled together by none other than Irwin Chisud of WFMU Incorrect Music fame. It’s a real tragedy this group will likely never release more than the one CD.
Raymond Scott vinyl discovery!
I haven’t seen these guys in over 40 years. THANKS!!!
My God(ot)! I’ve had that song bouncing around in my head for almost forty years! I am going to find/buy/steal everything that genius made.
I am a happy mutant!
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