Friday, June 22, 2018

Happy Accident

In 1968 my father, Raymond Scott, spoke at length with a young man named Art Shifrin for his WNYC radio program, "Antiquity on Tape." 

Art had spent many days and nights unofficially apprenticing with RS at his 3 Willow Park studio on Long Island. My father loved to assume the role of teacher, and it's apparent from their dialogue that he and Art had developed a comfortable working rapport. 

During this interview, RS talked about the creative environment that electronic music could help to foster. 

I'm always interested in hearing my father's perspectives on music and machines. Here's one small window into Raymond Scott's thinkingand the source of his "happy accident" quote.

"I've always been looking for the happy musical accident, for the things that happen unexpectedly, for the things that happen because of error, because of misunderstandings. 

"What electronic equipment has made possible is to arrange for misunderstandings at will... (for) all the pieces of gear to have continuous misunderstandings.  And that is one of the principles upon which I'm working... 

"I feel lucky that electronic music offers an environment suitable for the creation of new things."

Listen to conversations with Raymond Scott at ScottWorks: The Raymond Scott Festival on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Monday, June 18, 2018

ScottWorks: The Raymond Scott Festival

RECKLESS NIGHT MUSIC PRESENTS: ScottWorks | The Raymond Scott Festival is coming to Los Angeles on September 8th. Check it out: here

Friday, January 26, 2018

AllMusic's BEST OF THE YEAR: "Three Willow Park"

AllMusic​ — the world's largest music database — has included THREE WILLOW PARK among their BEST OF 2017: Favorite Compilations and Reissues — and calls the collection, "An invitation into the secret lab of one of the 20th century's most inventive musical minds."

AllMusic: "The past exists to be repackaged, and 2017 was no slouch in that department, offering treasures like a remastered 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper, an expanded Purple Rain and a jam-packed Master of Puppets box set, along with anthologies from ElvisDavid Bowie and Hüsker Dü."

Monday, January 15, 2018

HELP WANTED: Animators & Motion-Graphic Artists

HELP WANTED: We're seeking animators & motion-graphic artists to create short abstract films — synchronized to music — for live performances by LA-based composer Ego Plum. The animations will be projected throughout the shows during this series of concerts that are dedicated to Raymond Scott's electronic music. [Scheduled for Fall of 2018, and Spring of 2019.] Here are examples for inspiration and reference:

• Oskar Fischinger:
• Hans Richter:
• Cornelius:

Email Jeff Winner (me) with samples of your work for details: