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Raymond Scott, bandleader, composer and recording innovator died on Feb. 8th 1994

Raymond Scott, bandleader, composer and recording innovator died on Feb. 8th 1994

This one's been held over for a few days because there have been some days with more than one event to record. However, it's good to have the opportunity to nod in the direction of an unsung musical genius in Raymond Scott. His background was conventional enough - born in New York of Russian immigrant parents, educated at Juillard School of Music, worked for CBS, and had a successful career as the house orchestra on radio shows like Perry Como and Lucky Strike Hit Parade. He was a composer for film and TV, and sold his catalogue to Warner Brothers, who proceeded to use his compositions for their Loony Tunes cartoons, most notably Bugs Bunny - they even turned up much later in Ren and Stimpy. All the time, however, his obsession was mastering all the technical aspects of recording and sound production, and he devoted much of his life to this enterprise, and Bob Moog, credited with inventing the synthesiser, owed much to the expertise and knowledge of Scott, who was effectively his mentor. The album of Rayomond Scott's recordings which Acrobat has on catalogue is also a testament to his innovative approach, featuring Scott's spacious and sweeping arrangements of rock 'n' roll tunes recorded ion 1958 in both mono and stereo to demonstrate the potential of the new recording techniques. For full details click here.

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