SPIN: ''Paranoiac, visionary,
misanthrope, and machine fetishist, the late composer Raymond
Scott was also an electronic music pioneer and inventor geek
who had Madison Avenue paying him to soundtrack its vision of
postwar American futurism. The music on MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC.
is both archaic and tres moderne. It reveals the fears
and fantasies of a nation in boom-time denial. And Scott mischievously
spikes almost every one with a dystopian mickey: could give a
kid nightmares for years.'' (written by Senior Editor, Will Hermes)
U.S. NEWS & WORLD
''There's a new Raymond Scott 2-CD set titled, MANHATTAN RESEARCH
INC. The polymorphic composer, who led the band on the '50s show
Your Hit Parade, invented instruments like the Clavivox,
an early synthesizer. As corporate drones chorus in 'The Paperwork
Explosion': 'Machines should work. People should think.'.''
''Indicates that Raymond Scott's most creative work was as an
inventor of electronic music instruments. During the '50s and
'60s he developed one-of-a-kind synthesizers and sequencers.
Some of his perky, quizzical little pieces now sound quaint,
but others were remarkably prescient.''
''Raymond Scott was an inventor of synthesizers as far back as
the 1940s. In an age that treats aesthetic obsession with Prozac,
this sort of music is priceless. You can't dance to it, but today's
listener will get a better understanding of this country through
Scott. Witness the birth of a nation, or, at the very least,
''Paul Schaffer, cutting-edge genius? Such a revelation would
be no more shocking than the news that the late Raymond Scott,
musical director for the 1950s milquetoast-pop TV show Your
Hit Parade and composer of 'Powerhouse,' was one of the 20th
century's unsung electronic music pioneers. MANHATTAN RESEARCH
INC. is an astonishing two-CD tour of Scott's synthetic sound
world. Musically, Scott was way beyond novelty. The rhythms and
textures place him as a hitherto unknown eccentric uncle in the
intelligent dance music family tree.''
MOJO: ''The music of synthesizer
pioneer Raymond Scott makes most of his successors seem slavishly
conventional and insipid. MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is quite possibly
the most lovingly-packaged CD ever assembled, replete with archive
photos, period adverts and more information than you'll find
in entire books on electronic music. A work of art in its own
right, this puts to shame the efforts of most major record companies.''
THE ONION: ''Raymond Scott's
early sequencing and emulation sound strange even today, and
the set's 144-page book confirms that the inventions were even
''Raymond Scott grew impatient with the limitations of live musicians.
He became an inventor, and devoted his life to trying to rule
musicians out completely. In his vast electronic studio, developed
in the Fifties, his machines produced sound sculptures and what
sounds like funky sequenced rave music. The sounds are frighteningly
similar to those on recent releases by the likes of the Aphex
Twin and DJ Shadow. This fabulously produced double CD is a delightful
journey into the world of a forgotten genius.''
THE INDEPENDENT: ''Synthesizers, drum
machines, multi-track recorders, and sequencers. All the technology
that makes electronic music possible owes a debt to Raymond Scott,
one of the 20th century's greatest innovators. Scott's importance
lies mainly in his realization of the rhythmic possibilities
of electronic music, which laid the foundation for all electro-pop
from disco to techno.''
you yearn for an age in which electronica couldn't just be bought
as ready-wrapped software, but was something to which you had
to devote time, space and thousands of feet of wiring. Listening
to Scott's music now, you could believe he invented just about
everything that followed. The real 2000 was nothing like the
rocket-science utopia that Scott imagined, but his music has
somehow become very much the sound of now.''
SALON.com | SONICNET.com:
''Raymond Scott made the sounds of a future that electronic musicians
are still working toward. Scott's clicks and cuts could pass
now for the most vanguard techno. The divebombing sine waves
and sizzling circuit breakers sound all the more startling for
the fact that Scott was working on instruments of his own invention.
Beautifully packaged, the set's book chronicles all of this with
countless photos, interviews, schematic drawings, patent awards
and detailed notes on Scott's experiments. And it's a good thing
-- as shockingly modern as his work still sounds today, anything
less would make it hard to believe Scott lived when he did.''
''Nothing that has been recorded since within the field of electronic
music has obscured the originality and genius of these works.
And the packaging -- from the compilation of tracks to the exhaustive
liner notes, photographs, and interviews -- is a clinic in presentation.
Absolutely essential for any electronic music fan, and completely
out of this world, regardless of century. Scott's name should
be just as well-known as Beethoven.''
Scott made a more important contribution to electronic music
than Stockhausen or Eno. Scott was a pioneer that realized the
potential of electronic music to become an important part of
popular culture. Thanks in part to him, electronic music is now
EVERYWHERE around us. In the end, his gift to us was to expand
the sonic palette to include a still unimaginable universe of
RECORD COLLECTOR: ''The bewildering
variety of hypnotic blips, bleeps and swathes of white noise,
pumped through Raymond Scott's own inventions, conjure up a futuristic
and often startling world. Today, they represent a compelling
historical document for enthusiasts of electronica.''
AMAZON.com: ''Raymond Scott
was impossibly ahead of his time. Nothing captures his diverse
sound creations as well as MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. Gorgeous packaging,
previously unreleased photos, and liner notes by Robert Moog
and others make this a must for fans of electronic music.''
''The music is totally compelling. The amazing thing about Scott's
electronic music is the freshness. It is not random displays
of electronic tones and noisy oscillators. As a gifted composer,
bandleader, and arranger, Scott took great pains to create the
electronic music he made. If you like Kraftwerk, Scott's early
electronic music is for you. It is driven by melody, rhythm,
and harmony. There is also electronic textures that have echoes
in the explorations of Aphex Twin, The Residents, Throbbing Gristle,
''There was a hidden side to Raymond Scott: the mad inventor.
Forget Bugs Bunny or Glen Miller, Scott's real passion lay in
electronics. He spent every spare hour developing revolutionary
new music making machines. He created sounds that musicians today
deem to be way ahead of his time. There's no denying the creative
genius that Scott left us. The bulk of Scott's pioneering electronic
work has remained unreleased until now.''
a book! It's a couple CDs! It blows my mind! Something truly
remarkable has been achieved here, as it writes an important
new chapter into the public understanding and appreciation of
Raymond Scott's life and career. The research that went into
this project is lovingly mirrored in the absolutely astounding
144-page full-color hardbound book that houses the two discs,
and contains rare photos and documents, numerous interviews and
essays, and not one element is superfluous.''
RESEARCH INC. is fantastic. An amazing document, with an enviable
attention to detail. The thoroughly researched 144-page book
confirms what the music indicates: Raymond Scott was ahead of
his time.'' (written
by Senior Editor, Peter Menton)
AQUARIOUS: ''For the most part,
the experiments meshing pop and academic 'New Music' have been
pretty lame -- but not those of Raymond Scott. MANHATTAN RESEARCH
INC. is a wonderful collection of electronic esoterica. It should
also be noted that, if you didn't know any better, on first listen,
there's a good chance you would mistake this for a Tape Beatles
or Negativland record!''
''Raymond Scott was a protean gizmo-tinkerer who was inventing
rhythm machines and bassline generators when Kraftwerk were mere
gleams in a test tube's eye. MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is a wondrously
''Sparkly bright, infectiously frisky, sci-fi-futurismo pops,
clicks, wows, flutters, rhythm exercises which some Detroit or
Berlin tech-nerd needs to sample today.''
OTHER MUSIC: ''An impeccably documented
and impossibly thorough set. Raymond Scott defined what the public
heard of early electronic music. As it's resurrected here, it
still sounds completely fresh and, in some cases, mindblowingly
''A must-have item, produced by Gert-Jan Blom and Jeff
Winner: it's the coolest audio head-trip I've ever taken. The
book gives you everything you need to know about this zany creative
genius in these experimental years. This is another side of Raymond
Scott's incredible musical talent, one that anyone into pop culture
can truly appreciate.''
''MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is absolutely brilliant. The music
found within the boffo packaging is capable of stunning listeners
with its' prophetic power. Strange, uncontaminated cabers of
subsonic bass bounce end over end on top of rattletrap rhythms.
The sound of the future beamed in from fifty years past. MANHATTAN
RESEARCH INC. is a great, if not indispensable, purchase.''
Scott was one of the earliest creators of electronic music. This
two-CD set is what the world was supposed to sound like by now.
And, thanks to certain dance-music genres, much of it does.''
THE VILLAGE VOICE: ''Ensures a life-size statue will someday be built in Japan on behalf of Raymond Scott's tireless crusade for electronic music.''
VANITY FAIR: Pop music icon Elvis Costello included Raymond Scott's MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. among his all-time favorite "albums essential for a happy life."
TIME OUT: ''Raymond Scott's
resume makes today's dot-com geniuses look like tea boys: He
helped train Bob Moog and invented half the electronic music
devices in existence. He made electronic music before we even
had TVs. Much of it will sound very déjà vu to
modern ears: like Aphex Twin and Plone, 45 years early. Producers
Gert-Jan Blom and Jeff Winner have compiled one great listen.
You will fondle the hardbound volume lovingly and flip through
its tiny perfect pages. It's a time capsule; a testament to Scott's
frightening work ethic and impossibly limber mind that puts the
kibosh on notions of linear progress in technology and the arts.''
''An immaculately researched and packaged two-CD and book set,
and a startling piece of retro-futurism. It's the sound of a
single inventor trying to discover the future.''
THE WIRE: ''The shimmering
optimism of Raymond Scott's electronic music reveals an exuberant
continence in the creative applications of technology. By using
it to bring gloss and sparkle to prevailing notions of progress,
he helped drag electronic music out of the laboratory and into
the home. Our suburbs and supermarkets would never be the same.''
SELECT: ''Hail Raymond Scott,
unsung hero of techno. On MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. you hear primitive
house music, evil easy listening, and whacked-out ambient --
somewhere between avant-garde composition and pop. Beam us up
WHAT'S ON: ''Before Kraftwerk,
before Brian Eno -- before basically any modern experimental
electronic musician you can think of -- there was Raymond Scott.
Both of it's time and ahead of it, it's also worth a peek for
the hardcover book.''
BIZARRE: ''WOW, WOW, WOW,
and wow. MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is a mind-blowing piece of sonic
research, archeaology and product design.''
TOP: ''The sounds Raymond
Scott squeezed from his electronic arsenal are wild to say the
least. The result of Scott's futuristic space noise is surreal,
hilarious and slightly menacing.''
UNCUT: ''Obsessively secretive
and, thus, largely unrecognized in his own day, Raymond Scott
was nevertheless one of the greatest innovators in musical technology
in the 20th century. Featured within this superb package are
many of the man's private improvisations, some of which sound
so contemporary it's hard to believe they were made up to 50
''Raymond Scott is the founding father of repetitive bleep music.
His busy career is outlined in a totally cool full-color 144-page
book which comes with the set. Everyone form an orderly queue
behind James Lavelle and Orbital.''
FUTURE MUSIC: ''Don't be ashamed
to admit you've never heard of him, as this new double-CD and
144-page hardback book aims to bring Raymond Scott's music and
research to a wider audience. It's crammed full of pictures and
sketches of his pioneering work in synth technology.''
KEYBOARD: ''Few in the music
industry can boast more extensive credentials than Raymond Scott.
He developed the first music sequencing machine, multi-track
tape recorders, and the Clavivox, a forunner to the Moog synthesizer.
MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is a fabulous package.''
ICE: ''Fascinating: delving
deep into the work of sonic adventurer Raymond Scott. The lavish
144-page book which accompanies the package, points to Scott's
homemade creations as evidence of his prescience and playfulness.''
MIXMAG: ''Did this man invent
Acid House in 1955? Imagine a long time ago -- back before House
Music, before Studio 54, before the Beatles, before Elvis Presley's
first single. It's 1955. Meet Raymond Scott: The Great Granddaddy
of electro-dance, who created acid squeals, drum machines, and
cyberfreaks. Listening today to the recordings that Scott made
during the 50s and 60s is astonishing. The 4/4 rhythms, the simple
electronic pulses and, most of all, the hypnotic loops are all
intact. They somehow lock the listener's brain into the same
place it goes when hearing Puncture's 'Acid Trax,' Josh Wink's
'Higher State of Consciousness' or just about anything Warp Records
ever put out. Scott would have been amazed to see clubs full
of people dancing to the music he imagined.''
THE INFORMATION: ''This lovely two-CD
oddity comes with a 144-page book describing Raymond Scott's
pioneering electronic sounds. Made during the Space Race era,
there's also collaborative works with Jim 'Muppet' Henson. A
great idea for a gift.''
LIP SERVICE: ''Raymond Scott's
was a mind far ahead of it's time. Trading conventional instruments
for those of his own design, he introduced listeners to the brave
new world of electronic sounds played with a pop sensibilty.
MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. captures his genius in an educational,
exciting, and entertaining package.''
NEXT MUSIC: ''Raymond Scott pressed
the boundaries of musical definition. Scott examined fine variations
in tone and frequency, processing every imaginable possibility
under the microscope that was his ears and brain. MANHATTAN RESEARCH
INC. is for anyone interested in the heritage of electronic music.
This is one hell of a good package.''
''There are still aspects of Raymond Scott's work to discover.
Concurrent with his other musical projects, Scott was exploring
the possibilities of electronic music, and now some of his electronic
experiments are available on a lavish release called MANHATTAN
HENSON.com: ''In the mid-1960's,
Jim Henson collaborated with Raymond Scott, a pioneer in electronic
music, on several short films. Now you can learn more about this
little known period of Jim Henson's life through MANHATTAN RESEARCH
INC., a 2-CD set of Scott's music. The collection contains an
essay written by Karen Falk, Archivist for The Jim Henson Company.''
''Raymond Scott was an electronic music pioneer who not only
composed fascinating inorganic music, but also invented patented
instruments. Listening to Scott's music today can be somewhat
disorienting -- its chirpy blips sound simultaneously primitive
and futuristic, outlandishly bizarre but cozily familiar. It's
a well-deserved homage to a man whose aural noodling broke new
ground and challenged our notion of what music should be.''
DUSTY GROOVE: ''Far from being
the sort of turgid dark knob-twiddling that computer music later
became in the academy, Raymond Scott's early experiments are
filled with a sense of whimsy and joy, and applied in a fantastic
way to his evolving musical inventions. The scope of the work
is amazing. Plus, the whole thing's packaged in this super-cool
hardcover book, with a whopping 144 pages.''
IMPROBABLE RESEARCH (AIR): ''Like Raymond Scott himself, these 2-CDs with
accompanying book is difficult to categorize, and interesting
in the extreme. First of all, what is it? Is it a small book
with a couple of illustrative CDs? Or is it a CD double-album
with seriously overgrown liner notes? You have to read the liner
notes to properly appreciate those wonderful sounds, and read
the rest of book to understand the liner notes. Raymond Scott
was a secretive genius who worked like a mediaeval craftsman,
keeping his trade secrets and selling only the results: the soundtrack
of that 'Future' we were sure was just around the corner in the
50s and 60s. He rarely published his designs, but his name belongs
up there in LEDs with Robert Moog, Leon Theremin, and Gyorgi
GOOGLEPLEX.com: ''This collection
of Raymond Scott's previously unreleased 1950s & '60s electronic
music must be seen, heard, and read.''
WFMU: ''A monumental retrospective
of the primitive electronic sounds of the late composer/inventor.
Further out than any Nurse With Wound, Yahowa, or Jordy record.''
''Raymond Scott was a guarded electronic music innovator and
inventor, a manipulator of the emotional moment, and a fascinating
creature. The new compilation shows the maverick behind the green
velvet curtain. It reveals a Scott thoroughly obsessed with sound,
the Scott who created and sold patented electronic musical inventions.
He seemed the Kraftwerkian ideal of man-machine, desirous of
creating life in a vacuum.''
''Raymond Scott, along with others, are Electronica's founding
fathers. Scott's world was a different one. He marched to the
beat of his own drum, er, beat sequencer.''
much that seems contemporary is already stated here. More post
modern than post modern. This collection hits on so many levels:
musical, experimental, sociological, historical, that it is impossible
to exaggerate it's importance. And it makes great listening.
The book is superb and the research impressive. This is a thing
of beauty, of history and of strangeness. Incomparable: a glimpse
into one eccentric life. Priceless. And cheap.''
are cool releases, then there's that one that just blows you
away: suddenly you realize what's been missing in your spiritual
diet all these years. Both strange and fascinating, this collection
works like a George Jetson/Mark Mothersbaugh populuxe symphony.
This techno-primitive collection is experimental, minimalistic,
funny; futuristic and slightly disturbing; a whiter, brighter
space age world as Scott's electronics build Frankenstein dance
songs and ghostly sound effects behind them. One of the best
releases of the year.''