utilizing a proto-electronium, oscillators, an ondioline, tape echo and other primitive electronics, this is shockingly contemporary sounding and nothing like scott's familiar cartoon-jazz and orchestral work. in retrospect, ssfb's simple, repetitive melodies and rhythms, intended to pacify infants, sound like, but pre-date some of the gradually shifting, hypnotic dreamscapes composed by phillip glass and terry riley a few years later. they also foreshadow the 1970's electro-dance drones of kraftwerk and neu! when it was recorded by composer/electronic music pioneer raymond scott in 1962 or '63 it was intended for babies—but history has endowed this deceptively simple work with a broader significance. had scott known that this elemental music's appeal would continue as its target audience grew up, he might have entitled the series sophisticated sounds for baby. released on three long-playing records in conjunction with the gesell institute of child development, inc., soothing sounds... was intended to serve as an 'aural toy' during the 'feeding, teething, play, sleep and fretful periods' of infants in three distinct age groups. the original album notes stressed that a young child's sense of hearing is better developed than many people realize. besides soothing infants, these recordings were intended to be 'pleasantly stimulating.' this reissue re-introduces scott's seminal work to new generations of fans, whether their listening is active or passive—and regardless of the age of those particular generations. in a world fraught with tension and insecurity, we trust you'll find raymond scott's gentle melodies and childlike rhythms to be soothing companions. amazing.