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Raymond Scott

Soothing Sounds for Baby Volume 1

Label: Basta

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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First of three mini-albums to soothe babies by, composed and performed by Raymond Scott on self-designed electronic instruments. To be enjoyed by infants of all ages. As ambient music, it predates Eno and Fripp. Reissue produced by Gert-Jan Blom, liner notes by Irwin Chusid.
Included in Alan Licht's minimalist top ten! "I've paid zero attention to the Scott "revival," but these ultra-weird items are surely among the most startling rediscoveries of the digital age.  Consisting of extremely repetitive miminal electronics (mostly ondioline and oscillators) designed for infants 1 month to 6 mos. (Vol. 1), 6-12 mos. (Vol. 2), and 12-18 mos. (Vol. 3), these bear many uncanny resemblances to the simple melodic improvs and incessant ostinatos of Terry Riley, and the use of echo on Vol. 3 is much like DISCREET MUSIC and NO PUSSYFOOTING.  I'm also reminded of the Silver Apples, Kraftwerk, the Calico Wall, Moondog, and even Suicide (Vols. 1 & 2 especially).  The 18 minute track, "Toy Typewriter," with its interminably repeating rhythm figure that shifts as Scott makes adjustments to the tone controls is as definitive a "minimal" piece as I've ever heard..."
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Cat. number: basta 30-9064-2
Year: 2007