June 30, 2008

Raymond Scott: On To Something...

by Chris Randall
 




As you're no doubt aware if you're in to such things, there is a Raymond Scott documentary in the works. Judging from the trailer (above) it looks like a fairly comprehensive and cool movie. Naturally, since the producers are making a documentary about a semi-obscure electronic music pioneer, for some bizarre reason they can't get the backing of a major studio, and cash is in short supply. They could use a little help. Just to prove we don't use all the money you spend on our plugins for hookers and blow (well, I don't; I can't speak for Adam), Audio Damage has donated $500 towards the film.


Even if you can't spare $10 or whatever, you'd do yourself a great disservice by not reading the Wikipedia article about Mr. Scott at the very least. This guy invented a lot of the techniques we use today, and on top of that, provided the soundtrack to our childhood. He deserves a bit of remembering.

 
 
 

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Jun.30.2008 @ 1:24 PM
shamann
One thing I've always found interesting about Raymond Scott was that he was so protective/secretive of his methods, that despite his innovations, he generally has had very little impact on the technology we use. Unlike similarly-minded inventors like Les Paul or Robert Moog.

I hope they are able to get the film made, I'm sure there's a really great story to be told here.

 
 

 
Jun.30.2008 @ 5:29 PM
Niall
I hope they've watched the Moog and Haack documentaries and resolved not to wheel out a bunch of vacuous, self-aggrandizing shitheels who'll ruin the film.
 
 

 
Jun.30.2008 @ 5:34 PM
Chris Randall
Amen to that.

-CR

 
 

 
Jun.30.2008 @ 5:53 PM
blinkman
Awesome! Raymond Scott was the mad scientist/genius I've always wanted to be, and I'm a huge admirer. Didn't know about the documentary though--thanks for the heads up!

c.

 
 

 
Jun.30.2008 @ 7:32 PM
Adam Schabtach
Fortunately for the documentary, Scott didn't invent any instruments that are played by aging, overrated prog-rock keyboardists.

For the record, I haven't spent any of the money I've taken home from AD on either hookers or blow. Most of it goes to the mortgage, taxes, health insurance, food, and utilities, more or less in that order. I won't deny that some of the surplus goes into the modular and other toys, though.

--Adam

 
 

 
Jul.01.2008 @ 4:21 AM
wquoyle
That's really cool, props to AD! :)

I have fond memories of playing "Powerhouse" to a friend who had a scary Rush obsession; poor guy couldn't quite compute that part of "la villa strangiato" was ripped from a forty/fifty year old 'jazz' tune (his term).

 
 

 
Jul.01.2008 @ 6:21 AM
inteliko
You should at least spend some of that money on a blow-up doll with MIDI body contacts!
 
 

 
Jul.01.2008 @ 7:54 PM
mens sana
His bio knocked my socks off.
Truly inspiring.
 
 

 
Jul.02.2008 @ 1:34 AM
BirdFLU
It doesn't have anything to do with Raymond Scott, but it does have a HangDrum, a beehive, and a German:

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Jul.02.2008 @ 2:56 AM
vae
Donated, thanks for the tip.
 
 

 
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