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Experimental, surrealist Jim Henson work from the 1970s

BoingBoing reader Andrew says,

I know you guys love mash ups and psychedelic/surrealist art so you may really enjoy this, some experimental work by Jim Henson in the 1970s that mixes his puppets/Muppet work with his lesser known experimental film work (pre-Sesame Street Henson was nominated for an academy award in 1967 for a live action short called "Timepiece").

"Limbo: The Organized Mind" was a stock (but very surreal) bit Henson used to perform on variety shows in `60s and `70s. This clip is from an appearance on the Tonight Show in 1974 and features a disembodied floating face (called "Nobody") taking a surrealist trip through his own mind.

I wish network TV still programmed stuff like this!

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Reader comment: Kim Scarborough was first among many to write in and say...

The music for that short was done by Raymond Scott, and a much cleaner copy of the soundtrack (with Henson's voice) can be heard on his CD, "Manhattan Research, Inc."

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New Raymond Scott album: The Unexpected

There's a new Raymond Scott album! If you don't know Scott, here's a quick bio: he was a bandleader in the 40s, well-known for quirky, whimsical songs (many were used in Looney Tunes). In the 1950s he became interested in electronic music, and composed amazing pre-Moog marvels, including two albums designed to soothe babies. The Secret 7 is a group of jazz players headed by Scott and the 1959 album they recorded is called "The Unexpected." You can hear a Real Audio sample on the site. Be sure to look at the rest of Basta Music's offerings. They're a wonderful label out of Holland. Link Read the rest

Four CDs I'm damned glad I bought this weekend

I took a stack of used CDs to my corner record store this weekend and traded them in for a bunch of new music. Here are the picks of the litter:

Deep Note: Music of 1970s Adult Cinema: The title says it all, doesn't it? This is a CD that was made for MP3 players. It's amusing to listen to the "tone poems" of ecstatic chanting layered over wah-wah pedals -- once. But the actual funk tracks on this are really nice, the kind of thing you want to put in a high-rotation playlist for urban walking; think of the fat-bass instrumentals from the Fat Albert theme with a George Clinton's slitheriest, perviest licks.

Five Red Caps: 1943-1945. Steve Gibson and the Five Red Caps were a comic, vocal-oriented boogie-woogie act that released a ton of music in the 30s, 40s and 50s, almost none of which is available today. This disc of wartime tracks contains some of my favorite music of all time: Grand Central Station ("Got a yearning to be/down in Tennessee/got a sweetheart that waits for me/got the biggest brown eyes/that can hypnotize/makes you wanna leave New York"), Mama Put Your Britches On ("Put away your fancy hose/and your dainty dese and dose/what you need now is Victory Clothes/so Mama put your britches on"), and Gabriel's Band ("Better be prepared if you want a part in that heavenly show/or on judgement day they'll find a place for you below/make your trumpet call ring out/hallelujah sing and shout/gotta know what rhythm's 'bout, if you wanna play in Gabriel's Band")

The Beau Hunks Play the Original Little Rascals Music. Read the rest

Good article about electronic music

Good article about electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. Link Read the rest

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