The Electronium: History, restoration, reincarnation

Without question, the most visible of Ray’s artifacts is the Electronium. The ultimate Raymond Scott electronic project, it began in the 1960s with a series of smaller inventions. By 1970, he felt he had created a tangible, powerful product for simultaneous composition and performance. There was only one taker—Berry Gordy of Motown Records—who commissioned the sole production instrument. Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO purchased the abandoned Electronium after Raymond’s passing, and it has recently begun a path of restoration. Experts including Herb Deutsch, Hoby Cook, and Jack Hertz will explore the history and potential of the Electronium, as well as similar “automatic composer” inventions in the music world.  Moderated by Brian Kehew.