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Soothing Sounds For Baby Volume II (6-12 Months) - Raymond Scott

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    Soothing Sounds for Baby (1964) is a three-volume set of ambient electronic music by American composer, musician, and inventor Raymond Scott. Scott originally intended to lull infants to sleep with the music, but later generations have found value in the music for its minimalist aspects, often comparing it to the works of Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream despite having predated such artists by more than a decade.

    Originally released in collaboration with the Gesell Institute of Human Development, the volumes are split up into three age groups: Volume 1 is 1 to 6 months; Volume 2 is 6 to 12 months; and Volume 3 is 12 to 18 months. The music gets more complex with each volume. Scott created much of the music on the albums with instruments he created, such as the Electronium and the Clavivox.

    As the second volume in the Soothing Sounds for Baby trilogy, Vol. 2 was designed by Raymond Scott for infants six to 12 months old. Correspondingly, it features fewer, but longer and more complex, rhythmic compositions. The first song, "Tempo Block," is a transitional piece, combining Vol. 1's sprightly keyboard melodies with a slightly tribal rhythm tapped out on an electronic bongo. "The Happy Whistler" increases in rhythmic syncopation and melodic counterpoint, featuring a circular bassline and alternately warbling and whistling keyboards over lumbering drums. Soothing Sounds for Baby, Vol. 2's final piece, "Toy Typewriter," is perhaps the most avant-garde of the series. The song consists of exactly what its title indicates: a toy typewriter, played masterfully by Scott to produce subtle, shifting rhythms that sound like proto-jungle breakbeats. With 26 keys and the space bar, he achieves a deceptively simple, calming, and active effect. As with the whole series, on "Toy Typewriter" Scott does the near impossible, packaging progressive musical ideas in a simple, accessible way. Even more impressively, the overall sound of Soothing Sounds for Baby has barely dated at all. Though the concept of space age music for babies is rooted in the naively futuristic outlook of the early '60s, the series' kitsch factor is remarkably low. Thanks to its clean, spacious production and minimal arrangements, Soothing Sounds for Baby remains progressive yet playful, rewarding listeners who pay close attention to its pretty, introspective compositions.
    Track Listings:
    Side A
    1 Tempo Block 3:15
    2 The Happy Whistler 10:45

    Side B
    3 .Toy Typewriter 17:44
    Artist Name(s):
    Raymond Scott - Composition, Sounds & Production.
    Sonny Lester
    Release Year: 1962
    Album Type:
    LP 33 1/3
    Engineer(s): Raymond Scott
    Label / Publishing
    Label Name:
    Catalog Number(s):
    LN 24084
    New York City, NY USA
    Editions / Reissues
    1. 1962 - LP - LN 24085 USA
    2. 1997 - CD - Basta 30-9066-2 Netherlands
    3. 1999 - LP - Basta 30-9035-1, LN 24085, XEM 76178 Netherlands
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