Raymond Scott - Three Willow Park: Electronic Music From Inner Space, 1961-1971 3xLP


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Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961-1971 contains 62 previously unissued gems by the late Raymond Scott. Widely recognized for his music made for Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes, Scott was also producing beat-oriented proto-techno before the 1970s explosion of electronic music on the pop charts. Many of the tracks on Three Willow Park feature hypnotic rhythm tracks played by Scott's Electronium - his unique invention created for Motown - which composed and performed music using programmed intelligence.

Willow Park Center was an industrial rental complex of offices and warehouses in a Long Island suburb. Following his 1965 marital breakup, Scott set up shop at WPC. He operated a musical lab researching, experimenting, testing and measuring. He twirled knobs, flipped switches, and took notes. He installed equipment and machines, and used them to build new equipment and machines. This makeshift compound remained Scott's workspace and bedroom until 1971, when he decamped for L.A. to work for Berry Gordy at Motown.