Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hudson Valley Holiday

This weekend, on December 5th, at 2:00 pm, the West Point Band presents the "Hudson Valley Holiday" concert, with the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet. Raymond Scott compositions will be featured. This performance will take place at the Eisenhower Hall Theatre, on the West Point campus, New York, and is free and open to the public. Details: here — and watch new "Introducing QUINTETE 7" video: here

UPDATE — Band member Brian Broelmann adds: "The Quintette 7 will be starting at 2:00 in the lobby. The show with the NY Phil Brass Quintet will start at 3:00. Quintette 7 is kind of like the opening act, presenting some all new arrangements of holiday tunes as well as some Raymond Scott favorites. Don't miss it!"

Monday, November 22, 2010


Last night's new episode of THE SIMPSONS, "The Fool Monty," was the fourth to feature Raymond Scott's 1937 hit, "Powerhouse" (in this case, twice: once during the show, and again under the closing credits). Not surprising — in a list of series creator Matt Groening's "100 Favorite Things," Scott's classic tune is #14, outranking Stanley Kubrick movies and David Letterman. For those keeping score at home, or Hulu-hunting, the previous episodes were, "And Maggie Makes Three" (1995), "Bart Has Two Mommies" (2006), and "Little Big Girl" (2007).

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Professor Elemental

The first single, "Fighting Trousers," from Professor Elemental's new album, THE INDIFFERENCE ENGINE is a hip-hop track based on sample-loops from Raymond Scott's 1937 classic, "Twilight In Turkey." See the video: here

"Brace yourself, as Professor Elemental fires off the first shot in a chap-hop/steampunk battle. A dis tune of the nefarious Mr B: The gentleman rhymer. Steampunk vs. chap-hop! Monkey Butlers vs. Moustaches! My erotic dance vs. a ukeleyle! It's on."

The music of Raymond Scott, John Williams, & Danny Elfman in Nottingham

Join the Nottingham University Wind Orchestra and Brass Ensemble in an evening celebrating all aspects of the silver screen: "Epic Melodies and Looney Tunes." The epic melodies of JOHN WILLIAMS's moving "Hymn to the Fallen" (from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) and Hans Zimmer’s stirring portrait of noble sacrifice in GLADIATOR are counterbalanced by the sublime lunacy of RAYMOND SCOTT's "The Toy Trumpet," and "Powerhouse" — the music which launched a thousand cartoons — and Paul Hart’s blistering soundtrack to an imaginary cartoon, dished up with enormous wit and panache. Also featured will be DANNY ELFMAN's theme from THE SIMPSONS. Details: here

Friday, November 05, 2010


The new LOONEY TUNES SONGBOOK features 5 Raymond Scott classics:

• "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals"
 "In an 18th Century Drawing Room"
 "Reckless Night on Board an Ocean Liner"
 "The Toy Trumpet"

Order from: Amazon.com

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

New DVD: Raymond Scott Documentary Film

Stan Warnow, Director of the new Raymond Scott documentary film, DECONSTRUCTING DAD, is proud to announce a new DVD is now available to order. There are a substantial number of extra sequences on the disc, totaling approx. 20 minutes of bonus footage, including:

 • 2 bonus scenes featuring Mark Mothersbaugh, movie soundtrack composer and DEVO co-founder

 • Turntablist/producer/author DJ Spooky, aka Paul D. Miller

 • An exploration of the mysterious 1959 album THE UNEXPECTED by Raymond Scott & The Secret Seven, the all-star jazz legends supergroup whose identities remained confidential for decades

 • Tom Rhea, Ph.D (Berklee College of Music) explaining in great detail about Scott’s early keyboard synthesizer, the Clavivox

 • Moog synthesizer co-inventor, Herb Deutsch, who extends his recollections of Raymond Scott first telling him about the Electronium

Even if you’ve seen the documentary at public screenings, there’s a lot more to see and hear on the DVD (and you’ll be helping support the film). Order from Kunaki DVD: here — it is a 
Region-Free NTSC Video.

Monday, November 01, 2010


Madrid-based sextet Racalmuto have released a fantastic new CD titled DE NUEVO EN EL INFIERNO, featuring faithful renditions of seven classic Raymond Scott compositions from the 1930s-'40s:

• "Oil Gusher"
• "The Girl With The Light Blue Hair"
• "Birdlife In The Bronx"
• "Reckless Night on Board an Ocean Liner"
• "A Little Bit of Rigoletto"
• "Suicide Cliff"
• "Tobacco Auctioneer"

An eighth tune associated with (but not composed by) Scott, "Brass Buttons and Epaulets" (from the 1938 film Just Around the Corner), is also included, played in the RSQ arrangement. Other CD tracks include modern takes on vintage tunes by Ellington, Tchaikovsky, and Slim Gaillard, along with one original penned by group leader Miguel Malla.
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Snip-Snap and Red Bull® Presents:
Film & Music Tribute in Manchester


This Sunday, director
Stan Warnow will introduce the new Raymond Scott documentary, DECONSTRUCTING DAD, and conduct a Q&A. Following the screening, there will be live performances by GRAHAM MASSEY*, DENIS JONES, HENRIETA SMITH ROLLA, and others, and visual artists will provide moving image tributes.
*Aside from his electronic group 808 STATE, Graham Massey’s composing, remixing, and production list is a “who’s who” of contemporary music, including DAVID BOWIE, QUINCY JONES, BJÖRK, and GOLDFRAPP.

   November 7th
   5:00pm until 12-Midnight 
   The Soup Kitchen; 31-33 Spear Street
   (Stevenson Square); Manchester, United Kingdom

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Cartoon Jazz Septet Concert

The Cartoon Jazz project was launched in 2003 at the Stanford Jazz Festival with the revival of charts from the great American composer, Raymond Scott. Jeff Sanford tracked down many charts of the famous composer, written for 13-piece bands in public archives and private collector libraries. Members of his band have since been contributing new arrangements of Scott's music as well as other jazz pieces which have been used in cartoons.

Debut House concert of Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Septet will take place this Saturday, November 13th, from 3:00 to 5:00 (Two sets with intermission). Location: The House of John & Francie Raeside, 662 Kenwyn Rd. Oakland, California (cross street is Hillgirt).  Suggested Donation: $15, at the door.