S is for Raymond Scott

raymond_scottS is for Raymond Scott…

This one is for anyone who grew up loving Warner Brothers cartoons, you probably know Scott.  Raymond Scott was an American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, and inventor of many electronic instruments.  So yer wondering what any of this has to do with  cartoons??  Well, in 1943 Scott sold the licensing of his music to Warner Brothers and soon after that composer Carl Stalling started using Scott’s music through out tons of the Looney Tunes cartoons.  Most famously is probably ‘Powerhouse’ (if you hear it, you’ll probably know it) as well as countless others.  Raymond Scott’s music became some of the really memorable parts of those toons.  As a throwback to those pictures, later cartoons (like Ren & Stimpy, and Animaniacs, to name a couple) used Scott’s music also and over time Raymond Scott’s music has left a heavy imprint on the classic cartoon world.

And if that isn’t enough, later, Scott decided to not continue working with other musicians, and instead started building machines to make his desired sounds.  He came up with a lot of interesting sounds and songs, and was a pioneer in electronic music.  He was active for over 50 years making music.  Whether we know it or not, we all owe a great deal of thanks to Raymond Scott for shaping the sounds around us for the past 75+ years.

Two great collections to check out are:  ‘Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights’ (a good collection of his Looney Tunes music) and ‘The Manhattan Research Project’ (a big collection of his electronic songs and samples)



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