Raymond Scott anniversary

Raymond Scott was born in 1908, and we’ll celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2008. Raymondscott.com plans to honor this pioneering musician, composer, inventor, and visionary in a multi-media way.

At least two CD releases are planned in celebration of the centennial. The first (set for release mid-2007) will be a selection of Raymond Scott Quintette recordings from the late-1940s, featuring innovative compositions and arrangements that futurize the style of Scott’s legendary ’30s Quintette. This compilation of long-out-of-print and unreleased RSQ recordings will take you on vacation to a “Street Corner in Paris,” enchant you with an exotic “Snake Woman,” mystify you with “Ectoplasm,” and present a “Dedicatory Piece to the Crew and Passengers of the First Experimental Rocket Express to the Moon.”

The second CD release will be an anthology of Raymond Scott’s pioneering electronic music — the long-awaited follow-up to the Manhattan Research Inc. CD & book set — featuring vintage futuristic sounds created and performed by Scott on instruments he invented.