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Playlist for May 15, 2000:

Tin Hat Trio plays and Gert-Jan Blom speaks on a new Raymond Scott CD.




*Indicates a selection from my collection.
Peter DeHavilland "Shaku" /"Myoho"
*Lenny Tristano "I Can't Get Started" Out On a Limb
*Astor Piazzola "Verano Porteño" Libertango
*Brigitte Fontaine "Il Se Passe Des Choses" "est...?"
*David Garland "Play Within a Play Togetherness
*Rebecca Hollweg "Is It Me You're Looking For?" The Demos

Live peformance from Tin Hat Trio

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.



Tin Hat Trio will be back on the East Coast to accompany the silent films of animation pioneer Ladislaw Starewicz sometime in Autumn 2000.




*Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble
"Nature" The Neptune Collection
*Trio Lligo "Vansklig Mognad" Trio Lligo
*Barbez "Parisian Murder Waltz" Barbez
*Timothy Hill "This Floating Town" The Human Place

*Ghost "Forthcoming From the Inside" Second Time Around
*Gutbucket "Tango Abstractions" Punkass

Gert-Jan Blom speaks on The Manhattan Research INC. CD .

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 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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