Electronium Restoration

A short video discussing the restoration of Raymond Scott’s Electronium: the first self-composing synthesizer. Raymond Scott began working on the Electronium in the 1960s when Berry Gordy of Motown visited Scott’s laboratory in 1969. He instantly brought Scott on board and made him Head of Operations and Chief Engineer at Motown Records to develop the machine along with others. In the end, millions were spent on the Electronium though it was never technically completed. Raymond Scott was unable to walk away from the instrument and it was eventually lost amongst his other machines and electric parts at his home.

In 1996, Mark Mothersbaugh purchased the non-functioning Electronium through his company Mutato Muzika, with the intention of restoring it to working order. Let us know what you think. To us it most resembles an enormous wardrobe or organ except for the hundreds of buttons and switches. When sat in front of it you certainly have the impression of being behind a console of an early spaceship. The Electronium is an impressive piece of kit, albeit a touch intimidating. We will be keeping an eye on the restoration project.

Houdini’s Picnic

Ruth Donegan and Ezra Elia are pan-dimensional beings who live alone for music….or so says their podcast, Houdini’s Picnic. We know them as two rather fine people with a rare appreciation of music. They feature recordings from this Earth and beyond. Imagine, if you will, you had a date with David Bowie and nervously decided to introduce him to swing dance only to discover that Le Tigre were the cover band and Raymond Scott was giving out the Kool Aid. That sort of random joy.

We’ve also teamed up with Ruth for a short podcast on Raymond Scott. Have a listen and also check out their other shows.

The Neapolitan Connection Concert Series

Ronée Boyce is a pianist who has played Carnegie Hall, sees colour when she hears sound and is bringing classical music to Etobicoke with The Neapolitan Connection Concert Series. Read Full Article in She Does The City.

For our friends in Canada, check out the superb Neapolitan Connection Concert Series. This Saturday they present French Impressions: Soirees with Debussy, Duparc, Ravel and Poulenc, with many more exciting performances to follow. Perhaps even a recorded performance for Technically Classical (a long-awaited excuse for Ronée to buy a moog).

The Neapolitan Connection Concert Series
7PM Saturday April 23rd, 2011
The Assembly Hall

And lend your support via their Facebook page.

Deconstructing Dad

There is a poignancy and perhaps pathos when a child embarks on filming a documentary of their father. Stan Warnow directs this unique and moving film of his legendary father Raymond Scott.

CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARD • Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

GOLD MEDAL WINNER • Park City Film Music Festival

“An enthralling film that tells the story of a truly pivotal figure in 20th-century music.” – LA WEEKLY