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Manhattan Research, Inc

by Raymond Scott

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* Audio CD (July 11, 2000)
* Original Release Date: May 16, 2000
* Label: Basta Records
* Catalog: #9078
* ASIN: B00004SYD6
* Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars Based on 17 reviews. Write a review.
* Amazon.com Sales Rank: #79,643 in Music

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Disc: 1
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1. Manhattan Research, Inc. Copyright ListenMusic
2. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (Instrumental, Take 4) ListenMusic ListenMusic
3. Bendix 1: 'The Tomorrow People' ListenMusic ListenMusic
4. Lightworks ListenMusic ListenMusic
5. The Bass-Line Generator ListenMusic ListenMusic
6. 'Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night!' ListenMusic
7. 'B.C. 1675' (The 'Gillette' Conga Drum Jingle) ListenMusic
8. Vim
9. Auto-Lite: Sta-Ful (Intrumental)
10. Sprite: 'Melonball Bounce' (Instrumental) ListenMusic
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Disc: 2
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2. 'In The Hall Of The Mountain Queen' ListenMusic
3. General Motors: Futurama ListenMusic ListenMusic
4. 'Portofino' 2 ListenMusic ListenMusic
5. 'The Wild Piece' (a.k.a. 'String Piece') ListenMusic ListenMusic
6. 'Take Me To Your Violin Teacher' ListenMusic
7. 'Ripples' (Original Soundtrack)
8. Cyclic Bit ListenMusic
9. 'Ripples' (Montage) ListenMusic
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The goofy chamber jazz of bandleader Raymond Scott lent itself perfectly to cartoon soundtracks ("Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals," anyone?), but, at heart, Scott was a serious composer. His electronic-music forays have been previously documented (the three volumes of Soothing Sounds for Baby), but nothing captures his diverse sound creations as well as Manhattan Research Inc. This previously unreleased two-CD collection features Scott's handmade electronics, top-secret creations he'd use to create ambient-sounding commercial jingles, as well as the odd soundtrack with budding filmmaker/Muppeter Jim Henson. Scott was impossibly ahead of his time: a snippet for "Baltimore Gas & Electric Co." could have been written by Terry Riley; "Limbo: The Organized Mind" is a hint at musique concrete; and 1960's "In the Hall of the Mountain Queen" could easily fit on an Aphex Twin disc. Gorgeous packaging, previously unreleased photos, and liner notes by Irwin Chusid, Robert Moog, and others make this a must for fans of electronic music. --Jason Verlinde

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars How to knock a listener over..., June 5, 2003

Reviewer: PHILIPPE VANDENBOSSCHE "De gruut artiste zull-n-altaait affronte belijve, zoelang as d'imbésils de praaize blaaive gijve." (Asse Belgium) - See all my reviews

If the listener doesn't like electronics and machinery, he or she will be knocked over by the sheer volume of information and fotos in this package, and be able to come to rest listening to the contents of the CD's. If he or she DOES like this part of it, sitting down BEFORE starting to read the "booklet" is recommandable too. One would say that, probably due to the "paranoia" of Scott, being afraid of having his ideas and inventions stolen and therefore never having published anything, he has always been out of sight when the history of elctronic music was discussed: now we'll all be glad to give him his place amongst Moog, Buchla and others. Oh, and the sheer sound quality of those tapes, some of which are over 40 years old... Yeehaaaaaaa!

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars Retro-Futurism at its Dreamiest!, May 26, 2000

Reviewer: tashcrash (South Shore, MA) - See all my reviews
From listening to his massive output, Raymond Scott possessed a closetful of musical split personalities. This collection lovingly (not strong enough a word, but anyway...) compiles countless examples of Scott's electronic, experimental compositions and advertising pieces, all of which I can objectively say is mind-blowing. There's not a flabby moment on the set's two-plus hour's-worth of the man's (an infamously reclusive mad scientist of the modern age) largely unreleased work. The packaging alone is worth the already too-reasonable price. The only previous comparable release is the PET SOUNDS SESSIONS box set of a couple years back. Scott singlehandedly managed to make electronic avant garde experimentalism both joyously entertaining and psychologically penetrating. It's listenability is endless. God bless Basta Audi-Visuals for their devotion to an almost-forgotten genius! ( )
  pantufla | Sep 24, 2005 |
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