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To do in LA this weekend: Scottworks, celebrating visionary composer, inventor and musician Raymond Scott

Cory Councill writes, "Musician, inventor, and visionary Raymond Scott (1908-1994) (previously) will be feted on September 8 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA. As influential today as he ever has been, Scott’s musical and technological achievements have become more widely known over the past 20 years." Read the rest

"Take a Dump On Trump" counterfeit quarter now in circulation!

Devo founder (and vintner) Gerald Casale sent us a photo of this counterfeit "Dump on Trump" quarter passed off to his wife at a Los Angeles grocery store yesterday:

Yesterday my wife paid cash for some groceries and, as both of us always do when we have pocket change, put the change in a bowl in our kitchen. Later she noticed that one of the quarters in the bowl showed Trump’s profile with a slogan “Take a Dump On Trump”. We’re not sure but she thinks she must have received it when she bought groceries at our neighborhood Whole Foods in Santa Monica. If you saw this coin in reality there’s no way you think it’s not real until you notice Trump’s head in place of George Washington.

And here's a news report about a woman in Amarillo, Texas who also was lucky enough to receive a Dump Trump Quarter!

(Thanks to Jeff Winner of the wonderful Raymond Scott Archives for the tip.) Read the rest

This trippy 1971 government-endorsed Alice in Wonderland anti-drug film makes drugs look fun

"Oh! Oh wow! Everythings's different. Even me!" Read the rest

Today's jam: Embrace the Sun!

This morning's walk delivered a new jam, courtesy of the music in the latest Welcome to Nightvale "Weather" segment: Sifu Hotman's Embrace the Sun. Read the rest

DJs plunder Raymond Scott's archives and remix rarities: Raymond Scott Rewired!

The Raymond Scott estate turned over 50 years' worth of the composer's archives to three DJs -- The Bran Flakes, The Evolution Control Committee, and Go Home Productions. The archives contained "jazz, orchestral, electronic, experimental, studio chatter, never-heard rarities," which the DJs remixed into six tracks each, as well as a collaborative remix of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse," perhaps his best known work (and much beloved of classic Warner Brothers' cartoons fans).

The Raymond Scott Rewired CD came out on Feb 18, and there's also an MP3 version.

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Jim Henson and Raymond Scott's "Wheels That Go" (1967)

"Wheels That Go," a gorgeous 1967 short film by Jim Henson, starring his son Brian, with music by pioneering jazz and electronic music composer Raymond Scott. You'd recognize Scott's big band music from hundreds of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. Many of those familiar tunes are available on the compilation Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights. Scott's experimental electronic pieces, like the one in this film, can be heard on the collections Manhattan Research Inc. and the Soothing Sounds For Baby series. (via Experimental Music on Children's TV) Read the rest

The Simonsound's imaginary monorail ride, a music video

Several months ago, I posted about "The Beam," a fantastic space age-inspired experimental music project by The Simonsound (Simon James). It's a wonderful "radiophonic ride" aboard an imaginary monorail through the history of the future. Now Simon brings us this video evidence of the journey. Simon says, the project is "inspired by futuristic transport at mid century World's Fairs, immersive 'dark rides' and the electronic music of pioneering composers such as Raymond Scott, Tom Dissevelt and Tristram Cary, 'The Beam' uses electronic sources such as the Buchla 200e Electric Music Box, alongside manipulated percussion, concrete sound and voices." Read the rest

The Simonsound's music inspired by an imaginary monorail

The Simonsound, Simon James's '60s space age-inspired experimental music project, has issued a fantastic "radiophonic ride" aboard an imaginary World's Fair monorail. The two tracks on this Simonsound Tranist Authority release are compelling collages of electronic experimentation and oscillations made from vintage synths, manipulated tape, and acoustic sources. There are multiple versions of the release, including a 10" color vinyl, digital download in numerous formats, and also the limited edition "pilot pack" seen above that is, sadly, sold out. You can listed to the first track, "The Beam," right here.

Like a souvenir record from a mid century World’s Fair, ‘The Beam’ follows in the footsteps of early electronic composers such as Raymond Scott, Tristram Cary and Tom Dissevelt.

The B-side, 'In the Shadow of the Skylon' is an oscillating ode to a long lost London landmark and futuristic structure created for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Hovering over the South Bank like a UFO, the Skylon pointed into space like a sign post for what was to come. Sadly the Skylon never got to see the future it aimed to represent as it was torn down at the end of the Festival by a petty Conservative government. ‘In the Shadow of the Skylon’ celebrates its short optimistic life.

The Simonsound Transit Authority: "The Beam" b/w "In the Shadow of the Skylon" Read the rest

Mind Blowing Movies: Funny Bones, by Bill Barol

Recently, Boing Boing presented a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. We are extending the series. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series. -- Mark

Mind Blowing Movies: Funny Bones, by Bill Barol

[Video Link] 1995’s Funny Bones, by the British writer/director Peter Chelsom, is either a comedy about dark things, like betrayal and manslaughter, or a drama about funny people, like a pair of retired vaudevillians who are winding down their days scaring children in the spook house on the Blackpool amusement pier. I’ve seen the movie, conservatively, two dozen times and I still don’t quite know how to describe it. I’ve never shown it to anybody who didn’t turn to me at least once with an incredulous look in their eyes, a look that says: “What the hell is this?”

This is exactly what I love about Funny Bones -- it is sui generis, and impossible to boil down. I can tell you the broad outlines: Failed standup Tommy Fawkes, the son of revered funnyman George Fawkes, flees Las Vegas and returns to the tattered seaside town of Blackpool where he grew up, in search of the indefinable substance that makes people funny. Once there he discovers that he has a half-brother he never knew, and that this odd, shy sibling is the unwilling recipient of the comedy genes, the funny bones, that Tommy so desperately desires. But those few quick strokes really -- you have to believe me -- they really don’t do justice to this odd, dark, deeply funny and witheringly sad story, or to the faded netherworld of fringe show business in which Tommy finds himself, casting frantically about for something to keep him from going under. Read the rest

Happy 75th birthday to Raymond Scott's POWERHOUSE!

From the Raymond Scott blog, "Exactly 75 years ago today, Raymond Scott recorded his iconic hit tune, 'Powerhouse.' On the same date, following 8 months of rehearsals with his Quintette at CBS, he also recorded 'Twilight In Turkey,' 'Minuet In Jazz,' and 'The Toy Trumpet' — not bad for a day's work. He didn't realize it at the time, but these compositions would jump-start his stellar career, and accidentally inspire cartoon antics for future generations. To celebrate the milestone, check-out this collection of 75 YouTube clips of Scott's classic 'Powerhouse,' here and see details about our year-long 75th anniversary events schedule here. Read the rest

Three Little Bops: 1957 Looney Tunes jazz version of the Three Little Pigs

My three-year-old has been having awful insomniac spells at two in the morning all week and we're at a loss for getting her back to sleep . Last night, when she came into our room, I desperately grabbed my phone off the bedstand and went YouTube spelunking for something to get her calmed down enough for a story and (maybe) sleep. We found our way to this 1957 Warner Brothers/Fritz Freling Loony Tunes classic, The Three Little Bops, which is just outstanding.

It's a 7-minute musical retelling of the Three Little Pigs in which the pigs have grown up to be successful jazz musicians, and must contend with a (clearly stoned!) Big Bad Wolf who keeps trying to sit in with his trumpet, which he sucks at playing. Eventually, the wolf blows himself up with a mistimed bomb-fuse, descends to hell, learns to play his horn, and his ghost is welcomed back in to sit in with the boys.

The music is brilliant, the animation is hilarious, and we both loved it. After Poesy and I watched this, we downloaded my free audiobook of Alice in Wonderland, a story she loves from picture-book abridgments, and listened to it together as a bedtime story and we were both asleep in short order. Let's hope she makes it through the night tonight!

If you like this one, also try 1943's Pigs in a Polka, another Three Little Pigs Looney Tune which features Carl Stalling's musical adaptations of Brahms's "Hungarian Dances." Read the rest

Raymond Scott documentary with Mark Mothersbaugh, Don Byron, Edward R Murrow and DJ Spooky

KevinVanCamper sez, "The new documentary, DECONSTRUCTING DAD, exploring the personal life and career of the late composer & inventor Raymond Scott is now available on DVD, with 20 minutes of bonus features. The film, which was directed by Scott's only son, features movie-music legend JOHN WILLIAMS ('STAR WARS'), producer HAL WILNER, MARK MOTHERSBAUGH of DEVO, jazz clarinetist DON BYRON, archival footage of EDWARD R. MURROW, and DJ SPOOKY, aka Paul D. Miller."

DECONSTRUCTING DAD: Raymond Scott documentary film by Stan Warnow

(Thanks, KevinVanCamper, via Submitterator!)

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Powerhouse: the biography of Raymond Scott, on stage in NYC

Jesse Garrison sez, "Powerhouse is a non-traditional biographical piece about Scott, told through a combination of puppetry, movement, swing dancing, physical comedy and live action. It follows the inverse paths of Scott's fall from success to obscurity and cartoons' (that used his music) rise to prominence in every American home."

It's 1936 and 27 year-old Harry Warnow has it all -- a beautiful wife, a hit record, a recording company, a publishing company, his very own swing orchestra and a new name: Raymond Scott. But in 30 years he would be virtually unknown. Secluded in his home studio, he would spend his time writing commercials and inventing futuristic music machines. Unbeknownst to Scott, however, his music had become imprinted on the minds of millions. For years, the animators at Warner Bros. had been scoring their Looney Tunes cartoons with Scott's life's work. This would be his legacy -- and he never knew.

Due to its success, both critically and at the box-office, it's been granted an extended run in the Fringe Encore series.

At the Fringe: 'Powerhouse'

(Thanks, Jesse!)

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Raymond Scott's Powerhouse performed by harmonica quintet sextet

Raymond Scott music is always good, but it's taken to another level entirely when performed by five six dapper gents with harmonicas. (Via Filled With Chocolate Pudding) Read the rest

Raymond Scott vinyl toy

In celebration of electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott's 100th birthday, toy company Presspop Gallery have released this beautiful vinyl figurine and CD package in a limited edition. Presspop are the folks who previously made the rare Bob Moog toy. The Scott package includes a miniature model of Scott's Clavivox instrument. The CD features unreleased tracks from the Scott archive. The set is $49 from the Official Raymond Scott site! Raymond Scott Centennial Vinyl Figurine & CD Set (Thanks, Drew Friedman!)

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Raymond Scott: The First 100 Years

Irwin Chusid, journalist, music historian, radio personality and self-described "landmark preservationist," (wiki) wrote the following essay to mark the centennial of composer Raymond Scott for Boing Boing. Portrait of Raymond Scott above by Drew Friedman. (Click image for full size.)

His merry melodies have propelled the antics of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Animaniacs, and Bart Simpson. His recordings underscore the body-fluid fetishism of Ren & Stimpy. Yet Raymond Scott, who was born in Brooklyn 100 years ago today, never wrote a note for a cartoon in his life.

Scott's popular 1930s faux-jazz novelties were festooned with titles like "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals," "Celebration on the Planet Mars," and "New Year's Eve in a Haunted House." When Warner Bros. purchased Scott's publishing in 1943, their music director Carl Stalling began seasoning his cartoon scores with Scott's sonic spice. In hundreds of these anarchic shorts, Stalling sampled over a dozen Scott titles, with "Powerhouse" echoing behind countless cat-chase-mouse sequences and ominous assembly lines. Since forever, Scott's quirky musical motifs have become genetically encoded in every earthling.

Not that it mattered to Scott. He didn't care about cartoons. He cared about machines -- whether they had a pulse or not. His demanding perfectionism was legendary. He rehearsed his sidemen to the point of exhaustion and resentment -- and insulted them if they failed to meet the maestro's standards. Drummer Johnny Williams (father of composer John Williams) told an interviewer: "We were machines, only we had names." Read the rest

Raymond Scott tribute concert footage

Ape Lad sez, "YouTuber 2005adamo has extensive footage from the March, 2008 Raymond Scott Centennial Tribute Concert at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada."

Raymond Scott is, of course, the genius composer who wrote all the amazing tunes that Carl Stalling adapted for the Warner Brothers cartoons. He's hands-down my favorite composer and he was also a brilliant engineer whose homebrew, pre-digital sampling and sequencing techniques were 60 years ahead of their time.

Link, Link to RaymondScott.com

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