Manhattan Research, Inc.

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Barnes & Noble - Chris MacDermott
Whether you know it or not, you've probably already heard the music of Raymond Scott. Scott was an electronic music pioneer who not only composed fascinating inorganic music, but also invented patented instruments such as the clavivox, the circle machine, and Bandito the Bongo Artist. Although he was a serious composer, some of his zany but infectious melodies, such as "Powerhouse" and "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals," were used in early Warner Bros. cartoons from the '30s and '40s many are available on Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights. Most of the 69 tracks on Manhattan Research come from a later period -- the '60s -- and range from spacey ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Chris MacDermott
Whether you know it or not, you've probably already heard the music of Raymond Scott. Scott was an electronic music pioneer who not only composed fascinating inorganic music, but also invented patented instruments such as the clavivox, the circle machine, and Bandito the Bongo Artist. Although he was a serious composer, some of his zany but infectious melodies, such as "Powerhouse" and "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals," were used in early Warner Bros. cartoons from the '30s and '40s many are available on Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights. Most of the 69 tracks on Manhattan Research come from a later period -- the '60s -- and range from spacey electronic abstractions to kitschy jingles for Bufferin and Vicks cough drops. There are also two pre-Muppets collaborations with Jim Henson that demonstrate the limitless imaginations of both men. Listening to Scott's music today can be somewhat disorienting -- its chirpy blips sound simultaneously primitive and futuristic, outlandishly bizarre but cozily familiar. This comprehensive two-disc set comes with a 144-page, full-color, hardcover book featuring analyses and interviews with those who respected and worked with him, including synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog. It's a well-deserved homage to a man whose aural noodling broke new ground and challenged our notion of what music should be.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Subtitled "New Plastic Sounds and Electronic Abstractions," Manhattan Research, Inc. is an excellent compilation of electronic pioneer Raymond Scott's works from the '50s and '60s. Nothing that has been recorded since within the field of electronic music has obscured the originality and genius of these works. Even the amusing tracks of corporate advertisements for the likes of cough drops, fragrances, and Twinkies demand repeated listening for their fascinating use of electronics. Tracks like "Bandito the Bongo Artist," "Cindy Electronium," and "The Pygmy Taxi Corporation" are just as intriguing as their titles. And the packaging -- from the compilation of tracks to the exhaustive liner notes, photographs, and interviews including a fascinating one with Scott associate Robert Moog -- is a clinic in reissue presentation. Not only detailing some of the instruments he developed for use in his compositions the Clavivox, Circle Machine, etc., it also documents other inventions and aids, like the Videola, which enabled him to score films conveniently as he watched them. Absolutely essential for any electronic music fan, and completely out of this world, regardless of century. Every library should own a copy of this as well -- Scott's name should be just as well-known as Beethoven.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2000
  • Label: Basta Records
  • UPC: 608917907827
  • Catalog Number: 9078

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Manhattan Research, Inc. (0:11)
  2. 2 Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (Instr., Take 4) (1:14)
  3. 3 Bendix 1: "The Tomorrow People" (1:06)
  4. 4 Lightworks (1:52)
  5. 5 The Bass-Line Generator (3:10)
  6. 6 Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night! (1:44)
  7. 7 B.C. 1675 (The "Gillette" Conga Drum Jingle) (3:16)
  8. 8 Vim (0:59)
  9. 9 Auto-Lite: Sta-Ful (Instr.) (0:47)
  10. 10 Sprite: Melonball Bounce (Instr.) (1:01)
  11. 11 Sprite: Melonball Bounce (1:01)
  12. 12 Wheels That Go (0:53)
  13. 13 Limbo: The Organized Mind (4:33)
  14. 14 Portofino 1 (2:13)
  15. 15 County Fair (1:01)
  16. 16 Lady Gaylord (1:02)
  17. 17 Good Air (Take 7) (0:38)
  18. 18 IBM MT / ST: "The Paperwork Explosion" (4:31)
  19. 19 Domino (0:33)
  20. 20 Super Cheer (0:34)
  21. 21 Cheer: Revision 3 (New Backgrounds) (0:39)
  22. 22 Twilight in Turkey (1:34)
  23. 23 Raymond Scott Quote / Vicks: Medicated Cough Drops (1:36)
  24. 24 Vicks: Formula 44 (0:46)
  25. 25 Auto-Lite: Spark Plugs (1:00)
  26. 26 Nescafé (1:06)
  27. 27 Awake (0:35)
  28. 28 Backwards Overload (6:06)
  29. 29 Bufferin: Memories (Original) (1:01)
  30. 30 Bandito the Bongo Artist (1:30)
  31. 31 Night and Day (C. Porter) (1:45)
  32. 32 Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. ("395") (1:07)
  33. 33 K2r (0:19)
  34. 34 IBM Probe (1:56)
  35. 35 GMGM 1A (1:49)
  36. 36 The Rhythm Modulator (3:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ohio Plus (0:17)
  2. 2 In the Hall of the Mountain Queen (0:49)
  3. 3 General Motors: Futurama (1:04)
  4. 4 Portofino (2:14)
  5. 5 The Wild Piece (a.k.a. "String Piece") (4:07)
  6. 6 Take Me To Your Violin Teacher (1:40)
  7. 7 Ripples (Original Soundtrack) (0:59)
  8. 8 Cyclic Bit (1:04)
  9. 9 Ripples (Montage) (4:06)
  10. 10 The Wing Thing (1:00)
  11. 11 County Fair (Instr.) (1:00)
  12. 12 Cindy Electronium (1:59)
  13. 13 Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night! (Instr.) (1:45)
  14. 14 Hostess: Twinkies (0:32)
  15. 15 Hostess: Twinkies (Instr.) (0:32)
  16. 16 Ohio Bell: Thermo Fax (0:24)
  17. 17 The Pygmy Taxi Corporation (7:11)
  18. 18 Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (Announce Copy, Take 1) (0:29)
  19. 19 Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (0:44)
  20. 20 Lightworks (Slow) (1:40)
  21. 21 The Paperwork Explosion (Instr.) (3:39)
  22. 22 Auto-Lite: Ford Family (1:03)
  23. 23 Auto-Lite: Ford Family (Instr.) (0:54)
  24. 24 Raymond Scott Quote / Auto-Lite: "Wheels" (1:50)
  25. 25 Bufferin: "Memories" (Demo) (0:44)
  26. 26 Space Mystery (Montage) (5:11)
  27. 27 The Toy Trumpet (2:15)
  28. 28 Backward Beeps (1:05)
  29. 29 Raymond Scott Quote / Auto-Lite: Sta-Ful (1:36)
  30. 30 Lightworks (Instr.) (1:29)
  31. 31 When Will It End? (3:14)
  32. 32 Bendix 2: "The Tomorrow People" (1:03)
  33. 33 Electronic Audio Logos, Inc. (5:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raymond Scott Primary Artist, Keyboards, electronics, Clavivox, Electronium, Circle Machine
Dorothy Collins Vocals
Jim Henson Narrator
Robert Moog Interviewee
Herbert A. Deutsch Interviewee
Thomas Rhea Interviewee
Technical Credits
Joel Chadabe Liner Notes
Gert-Jan Blom Producer, Liner Notes, Track Notes
Irwin Chusid Liner Notes, Interviewer
Emile Elsen Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Raymond Scott Composer, Contributor, Liner Notes
Piet Schreuders Art Direction, Photo Montage, Montage
Sytze Gardenier Engineer
Robert Moog Author
Thomas Rhea Liner Notes
Jeff Winner Producer, Liner Notes, Track Notes
Hay Zeelen Engineer, Mastering
Michele Wood Liner Notes
Theo van der Schaaf Executive Producer
Mitzi Scott Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Alan D. Haas Liner Notes
Harry W. McMahan Liner Notes
Karen Falk Liner Notes
Jeroen van der Schaaf Executive Producer
Alan Entenman Liner Notes
Herb Deutsch Liner Notes
Bob Foster DAT Transfer
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