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The Raymond Scott Festival


Jack Hertz

Event details



We’re Reckless Night Music—Raymond Scott’s family—and we’re hosting a festival to honor our dad’s groundbreaking impact on music, culture and technology. He was born in September 1908, so we’re celebrating what would have been his 110th birthday—and you’re invited to the party.


Our daytime event will celebrate Scott’s creative and technical legacy, with music, panel discussions on Scott-related themes, and interactive exhibits. We’ll feature special guests: those who worked alongside him, and those who were inspired by him. Current invitees planning to attend include:

  • Jerry Beck: writer, animation producer, Cal Arts college professor and author of more than 15 books on animation history. Founder of Animation Research and a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney.
  • Dave Brown: 34 years at Tektronix working in Computer Graphics and Video & Networking. Now retired, has time for his hobbies–including a working version of the Raymond Scott Circle Machine that he’s bringing to the festival!  Also volunteers at Tektronix Museum.
  • Irwin Chusid: Raymond Scott historian/album producer, WFMU DJ, administrator for catalogs of Raymond Scott and Sun Ra
  • Jeremy Cohen: Leader of three-time Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco, who have recorded string quartet versions of Scott tunes
  • Hoby Cook: Scott Motown colleague and the only musician other than Scott to play and compose on the Motown Electronium
  • Darren Davison: Engineer with extensive technical knowledge of the Electronium from his five-year restoration project
  • Herb Deutsch: Co-inventor of the Moog synthesizer, 1964; Professor Emeritus of Music, Hofstra University; Raymond Scott colleague
  • Dr. Les Deutsch: NASA scientist, jazz musician, arranger of Scott compositions
  • Chuck Haddix: Curator of the Raymond Scott Collection at the Marr Sound Archives, University of Missouri—Kansas City
  • Skip Heller: Guitarist, singer, composer, producer, music journalist, historian; arranged Scott’s “Powerhouse” for the Bernie Mac Show
  • Jack Hertz: Artist/programmer/synthesist; producer of the Biography: Raymond Scott compilation; curator of the Encyclotronic electronic music archive
  • Brian Kehew: Musician, historian, co-author of Recording the Beatles
  • Tom Rhea: Berklee College Electronic Music professor (ret.); Sr. Advisor, Electronic Music Education And Preservation Project; worked with Scott on electronic instrument marketing
  • Jeroen van der Schaaf: Managing Director, Basta Music
  • Byron Werner: the man who rediscovered Raymond Scott, leading to the early ’90s revival
  • Hal Willner: Grammy-winning producer of albums by Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Lucinda Williams, and others; SNL sketch music adaptations, Executive Producer of the Raymond Scott CD Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights
  • Jeff Winner: Raymond Scott historian/album & concert producer

Many more to be added as we continue to develop the program.


After an evening reception, Jeff Winner will present the second edition of the acclaimed 2012 Musical Mayhem concert—Scott’s timeless music interpreted by Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo guitarist; TV & film orchestrator) and Ego Plum (film & TV composer for Nickelodeon, Disney, etc.)

See the dull event details and updates at http://www.raymondscott.net/rsfestival/



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Huh... synergy here... just last Friday I contacted the curator folks at the Raymond Scott collection in Kansas City to find out how I could make a visit to hear some rare recordings of his...  I had no idea about the 110 birthday thing.   September is a long way off.  I hope to make a visit to the KC collection long before that.  Very doubtful I'll make it to festival though, unfortunately, although it sounds like fun!

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