The Sounds of Tomorrow (Mood Mosaic Vol. 9)
"Volume 9 in our ongoing Mood Mosaic series, exploring music auteurs' work from outside the pop mainstream, presents a fascinating collection of '60s Electronica. Max Crook and Scott Ludwig are geniuses of the homegrown electronic keyboard and sound boards, today simply labelled synths. They came to prominence backing Del Shannon in the early 1960s when Max Crook and Del Shannon together wrote the singer's first demos, including 'Runaway.' A prominent feature in the backing on the recording is Crook's Musitron, an embryonic synth of his invention, and it featured again in the follow ups to Shannon's worldwide no.1 hit. Following this Crook (who also released singles under his own steam as Maximillian) and Ludwig, drummer and player of another invention the Sonicon, intermittently recorded their own material and even took it on the road. An incongruous sight, two very square looking guys appearing in supper clubs and High School auditoriums, dressed in sparkling silver jackets, surrounded by the Musitron, Sonicon and later one of the first Moogs. We present the best of their late '60s own studio recordings, the length of an LP as it might have been, plus as a special bonus an excerpt of a live show from 1968 when the pair take the audience through an explanation of their instruments' capabilities. This is Outsider Music at its most intriguing, the writer of a no.1 in 1961 single turns to Electronica to further develop their career."