Playlist for May 15, 2000:
Tin Hat Trio plays and Gert-Jan Blom speaks on a new
Raymond Scott CD.
TRACK / TITLE
*Indicates a selection from my collection.
||"I Can't Get Started"
||Out On a Limb
||"Il Se Passe Des Choses"
||"Play Within a Play
||"Is It Me You're Looking For?"
Rob Burger: accordion, Karla Kihlstedt: violin, Mark
Orton: guitar, dobro
Tin Hat Trio are a lively acoustic group performing
not-so-easily-catagorizable music. Sometimes you'll hear them
make "Hot Club" Jazz with overtones of the Tango, or
maybe a Tom Waits-style twisted old-timey instrumental (coincidentally,
Mr. Waits sings on a reprise of the title cut, "Helium.")
Or maybe you'll hear some "Klezmer Classical." According
to their bio, "Tin Hat Trio makes freewheeling chamber music
for the 21st century." All 3 have eclectic backgrounds, including
other bands (Karla in "Charming Hostess"), and other
careers (Mark, as a former sound guy at The Knitting Factory).
Tin Hat Trio took time out from their tour in support of their
latest album, "Helium."
You can find it, as well as their first, "Memory is an
Elephant" on the Angel Records label. The band has East Coast
roots but is currently based in San Francisco.
- "Sand Dog Blues"
- CD: "Fountain of Youth" [Helium]
- CD: "Helium Reprise" w/Tom Waits
- "Anna Kornikova"
- CD: "Weight of the World"
Tin Hat Trio will be back on the East Coast to accompany the
silent films of animation pioneer Ladislaw
Starewicz sometime in Autumn 2000.
TRACK / TITLE
*Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble
||The Neptune Collection
||"Parisian Murder Waltz"
||"This Floating Town"
||The Human Place
||"Forthcoming From the Inside"
||Second Time Around
MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is a 2-CD collection of Raymond.Scott's
electronic recordings from 1953-1969 and was produced by Beau
Hunks leader Gert-Jan Blom and Jeff.Winner, creator of RaymondScott.com.
The collection, available on Basta Records, is contined in a beautifully
detailed 144-page hard-cover book. From the website:
" - - Features music machines designed and built by Raymond
Scott, such as the Electronium, Clavivox, Circle Machine, Bandito
the Bongo Artist, and more. The album includes maverick (and decidedly
"non-kiddie") collaborative works with pre-Muppet-era
Jim Henson... The text features interviews with those who knew
and worked with Scott (e.g., synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog,
wife Mitzi Scott, electronic music authorities Herbert A. Deutsch,
and Dr. Thomas Rhea), along with countless previously unseen photos,
lab notes, US patents, and scrapbook.items."
" - - Raymond Scott (1908-1994) was a renowned bandleader,
composer and pianist from the 1930s to the 1950s. His melodies,
particularly "Powerhouse," found their way into countless
Bugs Bunny cartoons through adaptation by Warner Bros. music director
Carl Stalling. During Scott's career in the spotlight, there were
reports of an alter ego -- inventor, professor in the lab coat,
electronic music pioneer. But little of this work received public.exposure."
"- - In 1946, Scott formed his company, MANHATTAN RESEARCH
INC. (MRI), billed as "Designers and Manufacturers of Electronic
Music and Musique Concrète Devices and Systems." His
colleague Robert Moog said, "Scott was definitely in the
forefront of developing electronic music technology and in the
forefront of using it commercially as a.musician."
Throughout this portion of the show, we played many of the
tracks and discussed interesting points about them. In the future,
I hope to have an audio archive of the show linked here. For now,
check the Raymond Scott
website for a few of the audio files.
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