Sunday, June 27, 2010

XII Festival Cinema Jueu Barcelona

The new Raymond Scott documentary, DECONSTRUCTING DAD, will premiere in Spain on July 8th at the Barcelona Jewish Film Festival. Director Stan Warnow will attend and conduct a Q&A following the screening.
On Saturday night, July 10th, the band Racalmuto, who have developed an extensive Raymond Scott repertoire, will perform at the festival.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Glasgow Jazz Festival

The Glasgow Jazz Festival presents: THE STU BROWN SEXTET PLAY RAYMOND SCOTT. Musical mayhem is brought to life by Stu Brown’s brilliantly orchestrated Sextet who will perform Raymond Scott’s cartoon compositions in sync with animation created by the children at this year's Flutter Echo workshop. The concert will also feature new arrangements of Scott's music commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council.
  • TICKETS: Here
  • WHEN: Sunday, June 27th, 2010, 2pm
  • WHERE: Platform@The Bridge
, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, Glasgow
Update: review from Scotland's The Big Issue here:

Thanks to these fresh arrangements, the contemporary value of Scott’s work, so far ahead of its time, is plain. The slinking bassy throb of ‘Snake Woman’ wouldn’t be out of place on a Tom Waits record, while the timings, especially of the drums, on some of the Electronium sessions that have been reinterpreted by Stu and his merry men are something you might hear on a Roni Size track. The work Stu Brown is doing here is genuinely impressive, and if the starker new arrangements of Scott’s bold/odd Electronium works premiered today hook the more serious jazz aficionados, then fairweather listeners can remain happy with the kickabout cartoon capers of that first album.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

2010 Gold Medal Winner

DECONSTRUCTING DAD, the new Raymond Scott documentary, has been awarded the 2010 Park City Film Music Festival "Director's Choice Gold Medal for Excellence," in their Music Documentaries category. Congratulations to director Stan Warnow.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Warner Bros. cartoon scores

Raymond Scott's melodies permeate countless scores of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Scott never worked for WB; a dozen of his compositions were adapted dozens of times by WB music director Carl Stalling (at right), who also composed the majority of the original music heard in the classic cartoons. Over the years, we're often asked about the availability of original WB cartoon scores, and we've never had a satisfactory answer to provide. However, we recently received the following news from a visitor to
I'm writing from Laramie, Wyoming, USA - not sure if you'd be interested, but the American Heritage Center in Laramie is home to a large volume of lost/disorganized Warner Brother/Looney Tunes original arrangements and drafts. The history of the music is that it was given to the Heritage Center in unlabeled, mixed-up boxes. Dr. Anne Guzzo has been sorting and cataloging the music - sorta like a gigantic puzzle. Hardly anyone other than Dr. Guzzo has really utilized the collection (other than an occasional piece by the local University).
We're passing along this info and a link to the Carl W. Stalling Papers at AHC/Laramie. If you have any additional information or discoveries to share, please drop us a note.

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Hope Film Festival

The new Raymond Scott documentary, DECONSTRUCTING DAD, will be presented at the New Hope Film Festival on June 23rd, and director Stan Warnow will attend. Tickets: here

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Hang On To Your Lego

Featuring actors & props rendered in LEGO®, this short animated music video film, A Grand and Merry Race, won first prize at the Brickfest Animation Festival. The soundtrack contains passages from Raymond Scott's classic "Powerhouse." Watch it: here

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Hoboken International Film Festival

On June 8th, the Hoboken International Film Festival will feature the new Raymond Scott documentary, DECONSTRUCTING DAD. A Q&A will be conducted by director Stan Warnow. Tickets & details: here