Raymond Scott

Real Name:
Harry Warnow
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Born: 09/10/1908 in Brooklyn, NY
Died: 02/08/1994 in North Hills, CA

Composer, bandleader and inventor Raymond Scott was among the unheralded pioneers of contemporary experimental music.

Of all of Scott's accomplishments of 1949, however, none was more important than the Electronium, one of the first synthesizers ever created. An "instantaneous composing machine," the Electronium generated original music via random sequences of tones, rhythms, and timbres; Scott himself denied it was a prototype synthesizer — it had no keyboard — but as one of the first machines to create music by means of artificial intelligence, its importance in pointing the way towards the electonic compositions of the future is undeniable. His other inventions included the "Karloff," an early sampler capable of recreating sounds ranging from sizzling steaks to jungle drums; the Clavinox, a keyboard Theremin complete with an electronic sub-assembly designed by a then 23-year-old Robert Moog; and the Videola, which fused together a keyboard and a TV screen to aid in composing music for films and other moving images.

By the middle of the 1960s, Scott began turning increasingly away from recording and performing to focus on writing and inventing; a 1969 musical celebrating the centennial of Kentucky Bourbon was his last orchestral work, with his remaining years spent solely on electronic composition. Among his latter-day innovations was an early programmable polyphonic sequencer, which along with the Electronium later caught the attention of Motown chief Berry Gordy Jr., who in 1971 tapped Scott to head the label's electronic music research and development team. After retiring six years later, he continued writing — his last known piece, 1986's "Beautiful Little Butterfly," was created on MIDI technology.
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Albums

365 Raymond Scott - Hit Parade #365 album art Raymond Scott, Mark Warnow's Orchestra, Eileen Wilson, Jeff Clark (6), The Hit Paraders Raymond Scott, Mark Warnow's Orchestra, Eileen Wilson, Jeff Clark (6), The Hit Paraders - Hit Parade #365(Vinyl, 16", Transcription) Armed Forces Radio Service 365 US 1949 Sell This Version
CRL 57105 Raymond Scott - At Home With Dorothy And Raymond album art Raymond Scott, Dorothy Collins Raymond Scott, Dorothy Collins - At Home With Dorothy And Raymond(LP, Album, Mono) Coral CRL 57105 US 1957 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - Raymond Scott Conducts The Rock 'N Roll Symphony album art Raymond Scott Raymond Scott Conducts The Rock 'N Roll Symphony (Album) Everest US 1958 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - The Unexpected album art Raymond Scott And The Secret 7 Raymond Scott And The Secret 7 - The Unexpected (Album) Top Rank International US 1960 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - Soothing Sounds For Baby Volume 1 : 1 To 6 Months album art Raymond Scott Soothing Sounds For Baby Volume 1 : 1 To 6 Months (Album) Epic US 1964 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - Soothing Sounds For Baby Volume III (12-18 Months) album art Raymond Scott Soothing Sounds For Baby Volume III (12-18 Months) Epic US 1964 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - Soothing Sounds For Baby Volume II (6-12 Months) album art Raymond Scott Soothing Sounds For Baby Volume II (6-12 Months) Epic US 1964 Sell This Version
PRP-16071 Raymond Scott - A Man Named Brown album art Raymond Scott, Dick Stern Raymond Scott, Dick Stern - A Man Named Brown(LP) Not On Label PRP-16071 US 1970 Sell This Version
ST-CD-543 Raymond Scott - The Raymond Scott Project Volume One: Powerhouse album art Raymond Scott The Raymond Scott Project Volume One: Powerhouse(CD, Album) Stash Records Inc. ST-CD-543 US 1991 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - Celebration On The Planet Mars - A Tribute To Raymond Scott album art The Wooden Indians, Raymond Scott The Wooden Indians, Raymond Scott - Celebration On The Planet Mars - A Tribute To Raymond Scott (Album) Basta Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
30-90362 Raymond Scott - Manhattan Minuet album art The Beau Hunks Sextette Performs The Musical Works Of Raymond Scott The Beau Hunks Sextette Performs The Musical Works Of Raymond Scott - Manhattan Minuet(CD, Album) Basta 30-90362 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - The Chesterfield Arrangements 1937-38 album art Raymond Scott - The Metropole Orchestra* Featuring The Beau Hunks Saxtette Raymond Scott - The Metropole Orchestra* Featuring The Beau Hunks Saxtette - The Chesterfield Arrangements 1937-38 (Album) VPRO Eigenwijs, Basta Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - Manhattan Research Inc. album art Raymond Scott Manhattan Research Inc. Basta, Basta Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
30-9118-2 Raymond Scott - "Kodachrome" album art Raymond Scott, Metropole Orchestra Raymond Scott, Metropole Orchestra - "Kodachrome"(CD, Album) Basta 30-9118-2 Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version
30-9157-2 Raymond Scott - 1948-1949: Ectoplasm album art The Raymond Scott Quintet*, Raymond Scott The Raymond Scott Quintet*, Raymond Scott - 1948-1949: Ectoplasm(CD, Album) Basta 30-9157-2 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version
30-9321-2 Raymond Scott - Raymond Scott Rewired album art Raymond Scott, The Evolution Control Committee, The Bran Flakes, Go Home Productions Raymond Scott, The Evolution Control Committee, The Bran Flakes, Go Home Productions - Raymond Scott Rewired(CD, Album) Basta 30-9321-2 Netherlands 2014 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - Three Willow Park: Electronic Music From Inner Space, 1961–1971 album art Raymond Scott Three Willow Park: Electronic Music From Inner Space, 1961–1971 (Album) Basta Netherlands 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

73 Raymond Scott - The Hungry Count / Stiff Lace And Old Charcoal album art Raymond Scott And His Secret Seven* The Hungry Count / Stiff Lace And Old Charcoal(Shellac, 12") V Disc 73 US 1943 Sell This Version
B-1655 Raymond Scott - Spotlite album art Raymond Scott Spotlite(7", EP, Mono) Columbia B-1655 US 1952 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - How High The Moon / What Is This Thing Called Love album art Raymond Scott How High The Moon / What Is This Thing Called Love (Single) Everest US 1959 Sell This Version
45-16567 Raymond Scott - Dorothea / Carribea album art Raymond Scott Dorothea / Carribea(7", Single) Dot Records 45-16567 US 1963 Sell This Version
U-16986 Raymond Scott - Go Greyhound...And Leave The Driving To Us album art Raymond Scott Go Greyhound...And Leave The Driving To Us(7", Single) Universal Recording Corp. U-16986 US 1963 Sell This Version

Compilations

1123 Raymond Scott - One Night Stand With The Swingin' Raymond Scott album art The Swingin' Raymond Scott* Featuring Dorothy Collins The Swingin' Raymond Scott* Featuring Dorothy Collins - One Night Stand With The Swingin' Raymond Scott(LP, Comp) Joyce 1123 US 1983 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - The Music Of Raymond Scott - Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights album art Raymond Scott The Music Of Raymond Scott - Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights (Comp) Columbia US 1992 Sell This Version
Raymond Scott - Soothing Sounds For Baby album art Raymond Scott Soothing Sounds For Baby (Album) Basta, Epic, Epic, Epic Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version