“[…] I have a story that may be of interest to you.”
This is the beginning of a previously unreleased letter by Raymond Scott (1908-1994) addressed to the public. In it he tells the “true” evolutionary history of the first sequencer, which has long been forgotten. The piece of writing ends with the words: “Now I [...] would like for people to know what I have accomplished”. This task has now been taken on by his son, the award-winning filmmaker Stan Warnow, by means of a vivid portrait that also gives contemporaries and admirers an opportunity to speak. The film provides an insight into the musical universe as well as the private life of this unique pioneer of electronic music. Scott not only constructed many innovative pieces of equipment but was also a groundbreaking composer and musician. In addition to his works for jazz and swing bands, he also used his equipment to create music for advertising films for a range of clients from Coca Cola to the arms industry, made excursions into Musique Concrète, and with Soothing Sounds for Babies
created one of the first “ambient” albums. Often cited as a key influence for outstanding musicians such as Philip Glass, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk or Neu, his oeuvre possesses an experimental depth that goes even beyond that of these artists. Scott composed solely by ear and did not write anything down but recorded all the rehearsals on audiotape. In 1943 Scott sold the rights to his works to Warner Brothers. As a result, references to his works can be found in many of the Warner Cartoon soundtracks such as Looney Toons, Bugs Bunny or Duffy. The director Warnow will attend the premiere and be available for questions and answers in a discussion following the film.
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