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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:41 am 
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Lately I've been having old, odd memories float up as I'm going to sleep or waking up. One of these the other day was this weirdly out-of-place music that I remembered from a wildlife documentary series in the 70s, which after a little internet digging led me to its title, Wild Wild World of Animals (narrated by William Conrad, no less). I probably saw reruns on PBS in the late 70s or early 80s. Anyhow, this got me to looking up the theme song on youtube. Here's the end credits, which I remembered:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a5zl96448k

But what I didn't remember was the crazy intro theme music, which it turns out was far more interesting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDlKaG24CPU

Naturally, delighted with myself over this rediscovery, I wanted to know more, so I dug around and found out that the music for the series was credited to two individuals, Gerhard Trede and Beatrice Witkin. Although it isn't stated anywhere that I can find (yet), it soon became obvious to me that the end credits theme was the work of Gerhard Trede. He was a well-known composer for television in Germany in the 1950s:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0871656/

http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Gerhard_Trede

As soon as I heard the intro theme, however, I immediately noticed it had a striking similarity to works i'd heard by another more famous person, Raymond Scott. I found out about him through researching Carl Stalling, because I like Looney Tunes as any rational American would.

Ultimately I found that this woman, Beatrice Witkin, whose Wikipedia entry sadly doesn't yet exist, was a composer and early experimenter with electronic music. She died in 1990. Fortunately for us, Steve Witkin, who is her son, has a Youtube channel with not one, but TWO recordings of her works:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvZ-Nl ... B-1yUjOOLA

In lieu of a wiki page, here's this one about her:

https://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/schome/FAs/wi2006-45.xml

You owe it to yourself to listen to this stuff. It's incredible. Lots of tone poem type stuff going on here. I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb to say that Frank would have enjoyed it. I'll probably try to contact the guy at some point, because I'm dying to know, for the theme to WWW of A, if she used the machine Raymond Scott had invented, or if she did it independently with other equipment or methods. And if there are more recordings available!

If you don't know anything about Carl Stalling or Raymond Scott, I'd urge you to start googling them, as they are fairly important people (and I often wonder if they influenced Frank, or had influences of their own in common with some of his). Carl Stalling wasn't known for composition, but he arranged and conducted most of the music for Looney Tunes / Merrie Melodies. Raymond Scott wrote a jazz piece called Power House, which Carl used liberally in many cartoon scores. Raymond Scott was also an electronic music pioneer and there are albums of his works available for purchase and/or listening enjoyment.


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McMick wrote:
Carl Stalling or Raymond Scott

yes and yes.

also, you may want to bend an ear toward this:
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same goes for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HoljsO22qA

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:38 am 
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:( Now I know for sure I must be weird because I like this kind of stuff a lot. :cry:

The first track on Silver Apples there reminds me of tracks on WOIIFTM a little bit. (Nasal Retentive and Megaphone of Destiny)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:47 am 
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McMick wrote:
weird

what's that?

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Book by David Barnes (brother of Kevin Barnes) who created the artwork for most of the of Montreal albums.

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there we go.
now we've got our shoes on the right feets.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:36 am 
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Decades after their brief yet influential career ground to a sudden halt due to being sued for exorbitant amounts by Pan Am Airlines, the Silver Apples remain one of pop music's true enigmas: a surreal, almost unprecedented duo, their music explored interstellar drones and hums, pulsing rhythms and electronically-generated melodies years before similar ideas were adopted in the work of acolytes ranging from Suicide to Spacemen 3 to Laika. The Silver Apples formed in New York in 1967 and comprised percussionist Danny Taylor and lead vocalist Simeon, a bizarre figure who played an instrument also dubbed the Simeon, which (according to notes on the duo's self-titled 1968 debut LP) consisted of "nine audio oscillators and eighty-six manual controls...The lead and rhythm oscillators are played with the hands, elbows and knees and the bass oscillators are played with the feet." Although the utterly uncommercial record — an ingenious cacophony of beeps, buzzes and beats — sold poorly, the Silver Apples resurfaced a year later with their sophomore effort, Contact, another far-flung outing which fared no better than its predecessor. It was this record's cover, depicting the duo in the cockpit of a Pan Am airplane, that resulted in a legal battle that left the band unable to continue recording and releasing music. Suddenly it seemed they had disappeared into thin air. However, in 1996 the Silver Apples resurfaced, as Simeon and new partner Xian Hawkins released the single "Fractal Flow." American and European tours followed, and a year later a new LP, Beacon, was released to wide acclaim. The follow-up Decatur appeared in 1998, and was soon joined by A Lake of Teardrops (a collaboration with avowed fans Spectrum) as well as The Garden, the long-unreleased third and final effort from the original Simeon/Taylor partnership. However, on November 1, 1998, the Silver Apples' van crashed while returning from a New York gig; the accident left Simeon with a broken neck and spinal injuries, casting his continued musical career in grave doubt. Thankfully, Simeon recovered and has been playing shows once again.

https://www.discogs.com/artist/15444-Silver-Apples


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