Raymond Scott - Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961-1971
Amazing collection of bleeps bloops loops and other aural oddities from one of the pioneers of early electronic music! Fans of Wendy Carlos, Joe Meek et al. need this collection of space-age experimentation. 3 individually sleeved LP set with a full sized 20 page booklet.
"While his jazz-age melodies were ubiquitous in classic Bugs Bunny cartoons, Raymond Scott was also an electronic music pioneer and instrument inventor. In the sixties he produced beat-oriented proto-techno in advance of the 1970s explosion of electronic music and rhythms on the pop charts. Many of the tracks on Three Willow Park feature hypnotic tempos and melodies played by Scott's Electronium, a unique device which composed and performed music using programmed intelligence. In 1970, it caught the attention of Motown impresario Berry Gordy, who ordered one, intending to use it as an 'idea generator.'
"Willow Park Center was an industrial rental complex of offices and storage space in a Long Island suburb. In 1965, Scott set up his electronic music lab at #3 and defied zoning laws by living in the repurposed warehouse. Ever the music scientist, he devoted his time to researching, experimenting, testing, and measuring; he twirled knobs, flipped switches, and took notes. He installed equipment and machines, and used them to build new equipment and machines. This makeshift compound remained Scott's workshop and bedroom until 1971, when he decamped for L.A. to work for Gordy. Besides the Electronium, sounds heard on Three Willow Park were generated by the Circle Machine; Clavivox; Bass-Line Generator; Bandito the Bongo Artist (a drum machine); tone, melody, rhythm and sound effects generators (some controlled, others random); oscillators, sequencers, and modulators; tape montages; and acoustic instruments and voices.
"61 previously unissued gems packaged as a 3xLP bundle or 2xCD, with a 20-page booklet of historical chronicles, photos, remembrances, a timeline, and track notes."