October 29, 2012

Machine-Man: The Musical Mayhem of Raymond Scott

Anyone that's followed my work probably knows that one of my biggest musical influences is Raymond Scott. Aside from making the music that was so beautifully adapted by Carl Stalling to hundreds of the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, Raymond Scott was also a recluse inventor of electronic instruments and essentially pioneered electronica and electronic dance music with his musical experiments in the late 50's and 60's. That second part of his career had mostly remained a secret until the release of the critically-acclaimed  Manhattan Research, INC.  double-CD in 2000 (produced by Jeff Winner and Gert-Jan Blom).

Last year I contacted my friend Steve Bartek (composer/orchestrator/Oingo Boingo guitarist) with the idea of putting together an ambitious tribute to Raymond Scott in which we would offer our own takes on his music - everything from his insane cartoon jazz to his inexplicable electronic compositions. Going a step further, I also contacted my friend Sean Cawelti (of the award-winning puppet/theater group Rogue Artists Ensemble) to help re-create the infamous Raymond Scott/Jim Henson collaborations for the first time ever on stage.  With the invaluable assistance and blessings of music historian/producer/archivist Jeff Winner, we were able to make this dream a reality. I am very happy to announce

Machine-Man: The Musical Mayhem of Raymond Scott

Friday, November 9 • 8:30pm

I've assembled a talented team of electronic wizards to help me bring Scott's futuristic music to life. They include Josh Mancell, John Nobori, Elizabeth Luttinger,  Tara Busch, and Kevin Sukho Lee. I also recruited the super-talented Amy Winfrey (creator of Nickelodeon's acclaimed cartoon series MAKING FIENDS) to create original animations for my electronic set. 

Steve Bartek has also put together an amazing band that includes some of his old friends from Oingo Boingo. He will definitely not disappoint. Please get your tickets soon because the rumor is this event is on it's way to selling out!

Thank you!

Ego Plum

Press release from Walt Disney Concert Hall:

LOS ANGELES, CA — REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, presents in cooperation with JEFF E. WINNER of The Raymond Scott Archives, a special evening celebrating pioneer of electronic music Raymond Scott. Machine-Man: The Musical Mayhem of Raymond Scott will be held at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater on Friday, November 9 at 8:30 pm.

Though musical shape-shifter Raymond Scott may no longer be a household name, his inimitable “cartoon jazz” is instantly recognized by millions: it has been adapted to underscore the antics of BUGS BUNNYDAFFY DUCKREN & STIMPYTHE SIMPSONS, and many other cartoon characters for 75 years. Scott, moreover, was an inventor of instruments and a pioneer of electronic music.

In this unprecedented celebration of Scott’s polymorphic career, former OINGO BOINGO co-founder and guitarist STEVE BARTEK and his band (including other Oingo Boingo alums) find new takes on the composer’s early cartoon classics, while composer EGO PLUM’s ensemble re-envisions Scott’s farsighted electronica. Joining in is theRogue Artists Ensemble who will stage a first-ever live interpretation of a vintage Scott film collaboration with MUPPETS creator JIM HENSON.


October 7, 2012


About a year ago, I joined a collective of multi-disciplinary visionaries called the Rogue Artists Ensemble. They are a Los Angeles-based theater company responsible for some of the most innovative stage productions I have ever seen. I composed music for their critically-acclaimed GOGOL PROJECT in 2009 and was awarded an Ovation Honor for my music 
by the Los Angeles Stage Alliance.

For over 10 years now, the Rogue Artists Ensemble have been quietly in development of an amazing project that will finally see the light of day in the Fall of 2013: PINOCCHIO, as only the Rogue's could imagine it. I am very excited to announce that I will be composing the score and all the original songs for this show.

Based on the original text by Carlo Collodi, it is safe to say that this will not be anything like Walt Disney's much beloved animated film from 1940. The Rogue's Pinocchio will finally shed light on the real story of the wooden boy and create an adult-minded retelling of this tale of lust, desire, death, birth, madness and ultimately hope. If you always wanted to see the Cricket die, the Blue Fairy as the Angel of Death, and Pinocchio get hung by the neck, then you need to support this project!

This is a plea. We need to raise $20,000 by October 21st in order to make Pinocchio happen. Please take 3 minutes to watch our kickstarter video, make a tax-deductible contribution, and then help spread the word!

We are 1/3 of the way there and have 2 weeks left on this campaign. By supporting Pinocchio, you'll receive amazing rewards, including: original artwork, A sneak preview from the original Pinocchio soundtrack, tickets to Disneyland with a guided tour by the Rogue's Artistic Director Sean Cawelti, an actual Pinocchio puppet, original artwork, custom masks, the complete soundtrack to Pinocchio before it's released to the public, and chance to have me perform the music of Pinocchio in your living room!

Please get to the Kickstarter page now and support this amazing project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/626734684/rogue-artists-ensembles-pinocchio?ref=live

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