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by tim p scott

Instrumental electronic and guitar rock mini epics
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Some assembly required
5:19 $0.99
2. Dybbuk
4:26 $0.99
3. Good 4 U not Good 2 U
3:50 $0.99
4. Santa at home; trip to Dig 5
3:20 $0.99
5. The verticalization of adjacencies
4:34 $0.99
6. 16 distinct types of evil spirits
5:05 $0.99
7. Crash landing
3:37 $0.99
8. Quasiuumo
4:10 $0.99
9. Wretched, wretched philth
3:17 $0.99
10. Wrong time, wrong place
4:54 $0.99
11. Marzatax!
3:52 $0.99
12. Zig zag and swirl
3:49 $0.99
13. Cat du jour
4:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
With downloadable music getting more and more prevalent, note that all tim p scott CDs from CDBaby are real replicated CDs, in jewel cases with extensive artwork and liner notes: these are not homemade CD-Rs.

They are also available from iTunes and other vendors as downloads as well.


tim scott's compositions are carefully designed to make your driving time go by more quickly, and allow you to arrive at your destination relaxed and energized.

More than one person has also pointed out that this is great music to have playing when they have to do chores, housework or work in their garage and yard.

After two years slaving away in his mountaintop laboratory, tim p scott unleashed his fifth production on the world, MMIV. Contained therein are 13 tracks (total time 55:03) of chewy goodness ranging from banging industrial beats to floaty trip hop pieces all united by a unique and skewed vision of the intractibility of existence.

You can get a taste of what it sounds like from the samples on this page, but really, compressed 2 minute excerpts don't really do justice to the intricate, architected nature of the pieces.

We certainly don't want to discourage anyone from buying tracks from this or any tim p scott records on iTunes, napster and other digital distribution services, really, the CD package itself is its own artifact, and something that a download or digital copy just can't replace.

Thanks to the iPod and the instant availability of millions of tracks at the click of a mouse, music is often just a disposable background noise. In the Old Days, a record was something to keep, remember and return to consciously.

Also, even though CDBaby lovingly encodes the samples with the best music codecs in Christendom, the full glory and depth of the pieces are best appreciated by playing them from the original CD itself. So order today! Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed.

Interview with the "tim p scott" entity in the Seville *Inquisitor* (January 2005)

Interviewer: Guillermo Rodriguez
English translation: Ivan Rogoff

Since 1996 the Crow Caw Music Works label has released five (as of 2006: six) CDs under the artist name tim p scott. These have not seen wide distribution except among connoisseurs of the arcane and unusual. The exceptional compositions--all instrumental--range from floating tinkly ambient pieces to hammer and tongs industrial bludgeoning. But anything may happen in a piece including messages in French on a telephone answering machine and chanting in the synthetic language Babm.

Scott's most recent effort, "MMIV", was (not surprisingly) released last month [December 2004]. This work moves away from a base of MIDI purity and is built primarily out of actual audio material -- samples and loops from a number of sources, along with electric guitars and drums.

We managed to contact Mr Scott who had concerts in Portugal, and set up a meeting to talk about his work. I was somewhat confused when two sunglass wearing gentlemen showed up for the interview. Thinking that the Federal Police had finally caught up with some of my younger misdeeds I was relieved when they introduced themselves as Farouk Ali MacFahrquahr and Shmuel Yintz. So; where was tim p scott?

MacFahrquahr: "Well, actually there is no such person as "Tim P Scott" per se. While no doubt there are people with that name, some friends and I just created the name at random back in the 1990s to create a new project along the lines of the Alan Parsons Group--(for those old enough to remember him). The idea was that people would split up the composing, arranging, recording, mixing and computer wrangling. Four or five people were doing this off and on starting from 1994 to now. A few of us still do work under the "tim p scott" name but

I'm the only person of the TPS Cabal still doing work under the tim p scott moniker but it's really all created by members of the "tps cabal."

"I was always amused with the musical pseudonyms that a lot of people affected, you can particularly see this in the hip hop world where almost no one uses their own name, even if they are solo performers."

Yintz: "Presently there are five of us who work on this. It's a very loose organisation, verging on no organization at all. Some people fiddle with parts or chip in a lead or rhythm part. I just play electronic drums and do some fetching and carrying for the group."

Inquisitor: "Well, that's most remarkable. With respect to you both I'm sure you can understand I can't really say I'm completely convinced. But none the less, I will still ask my questions and you can answer as you please.

"Has there ever been any live performances, or will there be in support of MMIV."

Yintz: "The project was never intended as a live vehicle, since playing live involves a million considerations of which few have to do with the enjoyment of making and playing music."

MacFahrquahr: "Again, to take the Alan Parsons Project as a reference; it was never intended to be a live act; the LPs were 100% studio creations intended to be listened to...thus the tim p scott slogan "music for listening to."

Inquisitor: "What are you willing to reveal about your working methods?"

MacFahrquahr: "It really cheeses me off to read interviews with musicians who say 'the tools don't matter at all, it's all about art and inspiration, man!' -- what a bunch of crap. It's as if the musician burns a candle, utters some incantations and the music just sort of drifts down from heaven. Maybe because I'm a gear head this offends my pragmatic side.

"The tim p scott project and I have gone through a whole bunch of different MIDI and audio programs, but rather than bore you with all the details, I will say that without a doubt the one product that completely changed the way we work is Ableton Live. I will hasten to add, though, that Live would not be possible 5 years ago with the CPU power that was available then."

Yintz: "Currently we like to work relatively quickly. Pieces usually start with some kind of groove or loop, either from a sample library, something that I play, or in some cases my attempt to duplicate a loop on my kit. We have to do this if we hear a loop that's not licensed."

MacFahrquahr: "Even though commercially the tim scott project is nothing but a huge money loser, we've always agreed that we're only going to use legal paid for software and samples. It's sort of hard to justify asking people to pay for our work if we're not paying other people for theirs."

Inquisitor: "Although maybe these questions are a bit cliche, what artists do you regard as influences, pioneers, or heroes?"

MacFahrquahr: "This changes slightly as the years progress. I will probably be giving my age away to say that I have a lot of affection for the 60s psych/experimental bands such as Spirit, H.P. Lovecraft, Clear Light, High Tide and Budgie. I did enjoy some mainstream bands such as Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane. Coming somewhat more up to date I would say just at random (this may change tomorrow): Smashing Pumpkins, White Zombie, and Tool. Going back in time we think of UFO, Wishbone Ash, and Camel."

Yintz: "Although a drummer I do perversely enjoy modern electronic music with a beat. Even though 99.5% of the time no live drummer is used. Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk seem sort of quaint now but they were radical in their time."

[This interview also discussed some of the earlier Tim P Scott works; see the other pages at CD Baby (timpscott1, timpscott2, timpscott3) for the continuation.]

(Incidentally, much to our regret, due to a printing error, the names of tracks 9 and 10 as printed on the tray card of the MMIV CD are exchanged. Our apologies to Quiloc whose track "Wrong place, wrong time" (track 10) was thus misidentified.)

(Furthermore, dang it all, we also found out that DJ/Producer John Digweed had a record out in 2002 called MMII, so as with Glossolalia our title idea was already scooped! Curses...)

Tim P Scott news / January 2007

The new release, "Canciones de mi hermano electrónico", is now available on CDbaby! (See http://www.cdbaby.com/timpscott5)
This is the hardest edged release yet, full of "strum" (or sturm) und drang and other good stuff, 13 tracks of pure potent power running about 67 minutes in toto.

Tim P Scott news / November 2008

The new downloadable album "The Secrets of Metals" is now released! It's available on amiestreet and last.fm to listen to, and selected tracks on acidplanet and soundclick -- just search for "tim p scott" or "The Secrets of Metals." It's a rather eclectic/schizophrenic set comprising More Of The Same as well as some ambientish/hypnotic pieces. If you enjoyed previous tim scott CDs, please check my website periodically for more news about this project.

The tracks have just been submitted to amazon.com's mp3 download store; you might want to look there as well.

Inspired by Radiohead and Trent Reznor, Crow Caw Music Works is probably going to make part or all of the new collection available as a downloadable album. Hopefully some graphics and other material will also be provided but the planning for the release is still in early stages.
Why is the volume of the examples so low?
The earlier tim p scott CDs were mixed and mastered in a way that resulted in a lower average volume level. Obviously, you can make the songs as loud or as quiet as you want by a simple adjustment of the volume control. But mixing them in a playlist with a whole bunch of more contemporary songs, their volume will appear to be much lower when their turn comes around to play.
To get around this, Crow Caw Music Works is eventually going to make available downloadable versions of the earlier works that will be closer in level to common current practice. Check the Crow Caw Music Works website for news about this which should happen sometime in 2009.



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Ken Valkeith

Excellent piece of work, getting better all the time
Having previously purchased all the other Tim P Scott CD's, I was more than interested to get MMIV.

I had listened to all the 2 min. snips on CD Baby and knew I was in for a treat. On hearing MMIV for the first time, I knew I was not going to be disappointed. This album is first class. The music top-notch, with all the nuances I had come to expect on listening to all the other works by Tim.

Great stuff, when is the next one due out.....