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  Heliosonic Toneways
The Heliosonic Tone-tette
ScienSonic SS10

On April 20, 1965, one of the most astonishing recordings in the history of creative music took place at Richard Alderson's RLA Studio in New York City. The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, featuring the enigmatically beautiful bass marimba (played by Sun Ra himself), sounds like no other record made by anyone, ever. Heliocentric Worlds, Vol. 2, with Ra on "tuned bongos" and clavioline, followed soon after.

To honor the 50th anniversary of this musical milestone, ScienSonic Laboratories convened a remarkable group including two important, longtime Sun Ra Arkestra members: Marshall Allen (probably the only surviving member of the Heliocentric sessions), and Danny Ray Thompson (who joined the band just two years later, in 1967). The goal was to record a project of new and original music, using the distinctive instrumentation and sonic character of the original albums -- including the bass marimba heard on Vol. 1, as well as the boo bams and clavioline heard on Vol. 2. This project could only have taken place at ScienSonic Laboratories, which owns not only boo bams and clavioline, but the actual bass marimba that Sun Ra himself played. Alderson was even tracked down to come in and record the project.

On April 20, 2015, Allen, Alderson, and the bass marimba were reunited at ScienSonic Laboratories for the first time since 1965 - exactly fifty years later to the day. The instruments Ra played (with a 1950s Wurlitzer electronic piano substituting for electronic celeste) were handled by Marshall and Scott Robinson. Two incredible albums of music resulted, corresponding to the sonic profiles of the two different Heliocentric volumes.

This is not a re-creation or "tribute" project. This is completely original music, but made with the sounds and sensibilities used to realize the astonishing vision of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra. May these become your worlds as well.

Scott Robinson

 

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Musicians

The Heliosonic Tone-tette

Scott Robinson: bass marimba, Wurlitzer electronic piano, tenor sax, piccolo, timpani (track 3), model 201 theremin, "power bore" bugle, Faventia barrel piano, treichel bell, soundsheet, dragon drum, space magnets
Marshall Allen: alto sax, EVI (electronic valve instrument), Casio VL-tone, Steinway piano (tracks 7 & 8), bass marimba (track 9)
Philip Harper: trumpet
Frank Lacy: trombone
Tim Newman: bass trombone
Pat O'Leary: string bass, waterphone
JD Parran: bass clarinet
Yosvany Terry: alto sax, woodblocks, bells
Danny Ray Thompson: baritone sax, flute, bongos, space sound tube
Matt Wilson: drums, timpani, Korean gong, dragon drum (track 6)

(plus misc. percussion and Unidentified Flying Sounds by any/all)

All music was improvised at ScienSonic Laboratories on April 20, 2015, and is presented in the order in which it occurred. The complete, 9-minute Heliotone 5 featuring Marshall Allen at the bass marimba will appear as a bonus track in the Collector's Edition Box Set.

Engineered by Richard Alderson, mixed by Dave Darlington. Session photos by Danny Ray Thompson, except where indicated.

Compositions by Scott Robinson, except Heliotone 7 by Marshall Allen. All music published by Multisonic Music, BMI

Album cover concept and design by Scott Robinson; graphics and layout by Kathy Ridl.

Cover painting (The Light Fantastic, 1976) by Richard Powers; used by agreement with the estate.

TRACKS

1) Heliotone 1A  (6:12)
2) Heliotone 1B  (5:59)
3) Heliotone 2A  (5:48)
4) Heliotone 2B  (3:44)
5) Heliotone 3A  (9:44)
6) Heliotone 3B  (5:45)
7) Heliotone 4A  (5:25)
8) Heliotone 4B  (4:37)
9) Heliotone 5B  (1:00)
10) Heliotone 6  (7:06)
11) Heliotone 7  (6:46)

  Luminations
Aska Kaneko / Scott Robinson
ScienSonic SS09

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Musicians

Aska Kaneko: violin (phono-violin on track 10)
Scott Robinson: bass saxophone

TRACKS

1 firstlight 5:44
2 thoughtlight :56
3 dancelight 1:30
4 lightburst 1 :18
5 airlight 4:17
6 questlight 1:45
7 skylight :29
8 earthlight 2:36
9 lightburst 2 :17
10 farlight 5:24
11 starlight 1:54
12 hopelight :36
13 spacelight 1:45
14 songlight 7:07
15 lightburst 3 :28
16 lablight * 6:47
17 soundlight 3:45
18 lifelight 5:00

*Track 16 is a layered improvisation, done in four passes

  ?
Scott Robinson / Julian Thayer
ScienSonic ScienSonic SS08

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Musicians

Julian Thayer: string bass, bass drum, phono-fiddle, wind machine, hammond organ, bass marimba, electronic harpsichord, vibraphone, percussion;

Scott Robinson: saxophones, clarinets, theremin, hammond organ, bass flute, sarrusophone, junk banjo,vibraphone, marimbas, echo cornet, clavioline, trautonium, jazzophone, tarogato, rothophone, space sound tube, voice, percussion.

TRACKS

1) expanse  2:57
2) JT poses a question  :28
3) SR fails to answer definitively  :25
4) dark mystery  2:47
5) quick question:  :12
6) veil  :56
7) huh?  :26
8) three investigations  5:13
9) unearthly vision  1:00
10) misterioso  5:16
11) nine questions  2:19
12) molecular inquiry  :43
13) search the skies  4:49
14) idle speculation  1:32
15) what if?  3:30
16) who goes there  :42
17) what in the...  :33
18) rare imaginings  1:27
19) seven more questions  1:37
20) I wonder...  3:58
21) the mystery of two  2:20
22) submolecular inquiry  1:53
23) enigmatic entity  1:21
24) mysterium  4:14
25) ?  :19
26) song of unknowing  2:22
27) outersonic oracle  3:13
28) several questions remain  2:03
29) inexhaustible mystery  7:31

  Tone Ventures
Scott Robinson / Roscoe Mitchell
ScienSonic SS07

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Musicians

Scott Robinson, Roscoe Mitchell

TRACKS

1) Tone Venture #1 (:38)
    bass sax | percussion
2) Tone Venture # 2A (3:41)
   bass sax | bass sax
3) Tone Venture #10A (7:01)
   percussion, wind machine | contrabass sarrusophone
4) Tone Venture #16 (1:07)
   soprano sax | "power bore" bugle
5) Tone Venture #8 (5:24)
   bass recorder/bass marimba, boo bams
6) Tone Venture #11B (2:50)
   sopranino sax | contrabass sax
7) Tone Venture #3B (2:31)
   baroque flute | tarogato
8) Tone Venture #11C (2:13)
    sopranino sax | contrabass sax
9) Tone Venture #12B (6:38)
    alto sax | mezzo-soprano sax, jazzophone, tenor sax
10) Tone Venture #11D (1:47)
    sopranino sax | contrabass sax
11) Tone Venture #6 (3:52)
    bass recorder | bass flute
12) Tone Venture #11E (5:22)
    sopranino sax | contrabass sax
13) Tone Venture #13 (8:06)
    alto sax/theremin, slide sax
14) Tone Venture #14 (7:15)
    soprano sax, percussion | baritone rothophone, tenor sax, percussion

  Mission in Space
Scott Robinson Spacetette featuring Marshall Allen and Henry Grimes
ScienSonic SS06

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Musicians

Scott Robinson, Marshall Allen, Kevin Norton, Pat O'Leary, Henry Grimes

TRACKS

1    Landing Party      22:40    
2    Surface Mission   16:34    
3    Alien Encounter    10:03    
4    Danger Planet       07:10
5    Five To Beam Up   04:47

  Zahadna
Scott Robinson / Emil Viklicky
ScienSonic SS05

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Musicians

Scott Robinson: tenor, sopranino, C melody, and bass saxophones, zithers, tremoloa, sound tube, percussion Emil Viklicky: piano, solovox, Hammond RT-3 organ, voice

TRACKS

1. Green Sound (5:11)

2. Touha (3:21)

3. Honicka 1 (:12)

4. The Dark Ones (9:17)

5. Honicka 2 (:19)

6. Abstrakce (1:09)

7. Windswept (:52)

8. U Panského Dvora (4:59)

9. Honicka 3 (:17)

10. Honicka 4 (:20)

11. Lásko, Bo~e Lásko (3:44)

12. Honicka 5 (:19)

13. Realm of Unknowing (7:17)

14. Honicka 6 (:20)

15. Skafandr (1:29)

16. Honicka 7 (:28)

17. Honicka 8 (:25)

18. Asunder (:29)

19. Dark Star (2:13)

20. Symmetric Polynomials (2:25)

21. Ej, Lásko, Lásko (3:56)

22.Symmetric Polynomial  P_1 (x,y) (2:13)

23. Symmetric Polynomial P_2 (x,y) (1:09)

24. Bunnies in Space (2:58)

25. Symmetric Polynomial P_3 (x,y) (1:13)

26. Symmetric Polynomial ?_(n=1)^3¦?P_n (x,y) ? (1:30)

27. Záhadná (1:49)

  Afar
Frank Kimbrough / Scott Robinson
ScienSonic SS04

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Musicians

Frank Kimbrough - piano, electronic harpsichord, clavioline, Farfisa and Hammond RT-3 organs

Scott Robinson - tenor, alto, soprano, sopranino and contrabass saxophones, alto clarinet, flugelhorn, theremin, tremoloa

TRACKS
  1. Vantage
  2. Betwixt
  3. Afar
  4. lota
  5. Vista
  6. Hither
  7. Wend
  8. Advance
  9. Thither
  10. Jots
  11. Whorl
  12. Yon
  13. Ilk
  14. Celestria
  15. Slapdash
  16. Remove
  17. Untoward
  18. Solace
  19. Whither
  Creative Music for 3 Bass Saxophones
Scott Robinson, JD Parran, Vinny Golia
ScienSonic SS03

"An unprecedented quartet - the brainchild of Scott Robinson, a multi-instrumentalist whose talent and imagination know no bounds. I am talking about three bass saxophones plus percussion. Each of the three proves himself an accomplished handler of a horn with a surprising range... and great warmth. Quite a sight, quite a sound... consistently interesting." Dan Morgenstern, jazz writer, former DownBeat and Metronome editor, NEA Jazz Master

Few people realize that the first saxophone ever made was a bass sax. The bass saxophone is the progenitor and patriarch of the entire saxophone family, and remains, in many ways, its most noble and eloquent member. This music was designed to present some of the wide spectrum of expressive possibilities of the instrument, and features three of its most dedicated practitioners.

Recorded live at the Rubin Museum of Art, NYC, April 15 2011 (cited as a ""Best Concert of the Year"" in The New York City Jazz Record).

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Musicians

JD Parran, Scott Robinson, Vinny Golia, bass saxophones, with Warren Smith, drums, percussion and vibraphone

 

TRACKS

 

All compositions by Scott Robinson, MultiSonic Music, BMI

Soliloquy and Prequel for 3 Bass Saxophones:  

1. Soliloquy  (3:27)
2. Prequel  (7:10)

Creative Music for 3 Bass Saxophones:

3. Intro  (3:08)
4. Music #1  (8:57)
5. Interlude  (2:07)
6. Music #2  (5:15)
7. Music #3  (6:20)
8. Music #4A  (2:54)
9. Music #4B  (7:54)
10. Encore (Prayer) for 3 Bass Saxophones  (2:11)

 

  Nucleus
Scott Robinson / Julian Thayer
ScienSonic SS02

Well-respected creative improviser Scott Robinson and his longtime colleague Dr. Julian Thayer (as highly regarded in the world of science as Robinson is in music), present an astonishing collection of improvised pieces with scientific themes.

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Musicians

Scott Robinson, saxophones and woodwinds, theremin, bass marimba, and other sonic devices
Julian Thayer, string bass, bass banjo, bass drum, and other sonic devices

TRACKS

All compositions by Scott Robinson and Julian Thayer, MultiSonic Music, BMI
Nucleus (2:02)
JT: bass SR: tenor sax

Charged Particles (2:10)
JT: Hammond M3 SR: Hammond RT-3

Meson (1:22)
JT: bass SR: clarinet

Stellar Winds (1:49)
JT: bass banjo SR: bass sax

Spiral Arm (3:57)
JT; bass SR: theremin through Leslie speaker

Submolecular Structure #2 (2:24)
JT: bass marimba SR: bass marimba

Nucleonic Dance (2:12)
JT: bass SR: tenor sax

Molecular Cloud (3:20)
JT: electronic harpsichord, wind machine SR: vibraphone, bass marimba, buzz marimba, tuned cowbells, siren, washboard, ratchet, gong

Fluxion (1:50)
JT: bass SR: slide saxophone

Heavy Elements (1:12)
JT: bass banjo SR: bass sax

Gravitational Lens (3:32)
JT: Hammond M3 SR: Hammond RT-3

Submolecular Structure #5 (1:52)
JT: bass marimba SR: bass marimba

Muon (:52)
JT: bass SR: clarinet

Cosmonucleonics (2:16)
JT: bass SR: tenor sax

Dark Matter (3:19)
JT: bass SR: contrabass clarinet

Atomicity (1:18)
JT: bass w/ guitar pick SR: sopranino sax

Synchrotron (2:19)
JT: bass SR: bass sax

Proplyd (1:00)
JT: bass SR: C-melody sax

Nebulosity (3:54)
JT: bass drum SR: bass clarinet

RF Transmission (5:27)
JT: bass SR: R.F. signal generator, RCA test oscillator, optical theremin, muson

Time Weeps (4:10)
JT: bass SR: alto sax

Molecular Space (1:52)
JT: electronic harpsichord, wind machine SR: vibraphone, bass marimba, buzz marimba, tuned cowbells, siren, washboard, ratchet

Isospin (1:00)
JT: bass SR: echo cornet

Dark Energy (1:07)
JT: bass SR: contrabass sarrusophone

Ionosphere (3:43)
JT: bass SR: trautonium through Leslie speaker, Hammond RT-3

Instanton (:10)
JT: bass w/ guitar pick SR: sopranino sax

Electron Pair (1:32)
JT: bass SR: alto sax

 

  Live at Space Farms
Scott Robinson, Marshall Allen, Pat O'Leary, Kevin Norton
ScienSonic SS01

Double CD Set - CD 2 Enhanced with Pictures and Video!

A double, enhanced-CD album of Experiential Music for Adventurous Listeners, recorded live on location at the fabulous bell tower of Space Farms, and featuring the great Sun Ra saxophonist Marshall Allen.

Release Date: 2010

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Musicians

Disc 1:
Scott Robinson, leader; tenor and contrabass sax, alto clarinet, bass bugle, theremin and optical theremin, clavioline, glockenspiel, barrel piano, tuned cowbells, siren, car horns, percussion, bells

Marshall Allen, alto sax, flute, electronic valve instrument, coffee cup, bells
Pat O'Leary, string bass, cello, kalimba, sonic toys and devices, bells
Kevin Norton, vibraphone, drums, percussion, bells

Disc 2:
Scott Robinson, leader; optical theremin (tracks 1 & 6), bass sax (tracks 2, 4, 10 & 12), tenor sax (tracks 3, 5, 11 & 15), interlocutor (tracks 7 & 13), theremin (track 9), bells (track 14 & ECD bonus track)

Marshall Allen, alto sax (tracks 5 & 15), bells (track 9)
Pat O'Leary, string bass (tracks 5 & 15), bells (track 9)
Kevin Norton, bells (tracks 1-4, 6, & 9-13), percussion (track 5), drums (track 15)

TRACKS

All compositions by Scott Robinson, MultiSonic Music, BMI

Disc 1: Live at Space Farms (60:32)

Disc 2:
Space Corridor #1 (1:18)

Soundings 1 & 2 (7:14)

Lattice (2:58)

Spacetone Monolith (:37)

Synchronous Orbits (1:35)

Space Corridor #2 (1:15)

Fred Space Interview #1 (2:20)

SF Experience (8:23)

The Ghost of Old Bill Black (4:04)

Spacescape (:59)

Lattice #2 (1:19)

Soundings 3 (4:15)

Fred Space Interview #2 (3:08)

The Bell Tower (1:44)

Space Farms... Space is the Place (4:03)

ECD bonus track: The Bells of Space Farms (4:43)

  Bronze Nemesis
Scott Robinson Doctette
Doc-Tone

 

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