Raymond Scott Quintette | Powerhouse [Live]

Art Life , Music Nov 05, 2013 No Comments


“Powerhouse” (1937) is an instrumental musical composition by Raymond Scott, perhaps best known today as the iconic “assembly line” music in animated cartoons released by Warner Bros. Structurally, “Powerhouse” consists of two distinct – and seemingly unrelated – musical themes, played at different tempos. Both have been used in numerous cartoons. The first theme, sometimes referred to as “Powerhouse A,” is a frantic passage typically employed in chase and high-speed vehicle scenes to imply whirlwind velocity. The slower theme, “Powerhouse B,” is the “assembly line” music, which sometimes accompanies scenes of repetitive, machine-like activity. “Powerhouse” in its entirety places “B” in the center while “A” opens and closes the work in the sequence A-B-A” – Wikipedia.

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