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Terry S. Taylor

Imaginarium


Sanctified Press (http://www.sanctifiedpress.com)
by Danny Thweatt

Remember in "A Clockwork Orange" where they attempted to curb Malcolm McDowell's violent tendencies by clamping his eyes open and forcing him to watch scenes of violence on film over and over?
"IMAGINARIUM" evokes scenes of a similar experiment in my mind.....
Imagine if you will a top-secret government experiment, wherein Terry Scott Taylor is forced to ingest large amounts of psylicibin mushrooms. He is then tied to a chair and has his eyes clamped open like the aforementioned character in Kubrick's "Clockwork".

Terry is deprived sleep and forced to watch weeks worth of early 70's era Saturday morning cartoons, while simultaneously being forced to listen to the entire Leon Redbone catalog; over, and over, and over....... When this portion of the experiment is over, he is quickly shuffled off to his favorite recording studio, where while watching 20 or so 7 year olds sitting mesmerized in front tv's playing video games, he is allowed to create whatever music and sounds that pop into his head.

Several days later he emerges from the studio with "IMAGINARIUM"......

The preceding surreal scene I described may have been fictitious, but listening to these discs gives you the impression that just such a thing may have actually occurred.

This stuff is out there! And more fun than a barrel of monkeys. I mean, where else can you find a recording of the all-time children's classic "Beans, Beans, The Musical Fruit"?

Created originally as soundtracks for the video games "Neverhood" and "Boombots and Skullmonkeys" (if I remember correctly), these discs are more than just fun, they stand on their own as a testament to the studio wizardry and experimental genius of Terry Scott Taylor.

Terry has always created music that defies categorization and flaunts convention, and these discs are no exception. Pop them in the player and have a blast.
GRADE:++++1/2
SONGS: Disc 1: 39 Disc 2: 31
RUNNING TIME: Disc 1: 57:44 Disc 2: 61:11



Whatzup.com 2001
by Jason Hoffman

If you are one who thinks John Denver is the peak of musical creativity, read no further. For the rest of us, what you are about to read will boggle your mind and challenge your sense of reality, but I swear on a stack of sausages that it is true. A few years back I reviewed an album called The Neverhood, an award winning collection of songs from the PC game by the same name. That was no ordinary video game music. It sounded like clay, malleable dixieland blue grass on steroids. This album sold out rather quickly and now goes for over $50 on eBay. The creative brain that brewed this concoction also created music for two subsequent games, Skullmonkeys and BoomBots. Now, for the first time since the birth of Jerry Springer, the music from all three of these games is available on two jam-packed discs for a mere $20 at www.danielamos.com. My earlier review of The Neverhood is available on whatzup’s extensive CD review web page so I’ll not repeat it except to say that these psychedelic blues songs will soon have you singing along with “Homina Homina!”

The second CD of the set contains 26 Skullmonkey songs and five from Boombots. Taking the “monkey” theme into another dimension, many of these almost instrumentals have a strong jungle beat. But variety is key here. Out of the 26 songs, you get almost 26 different styles of music. Yessum, everything from alpine accordions in 3/4 time with yodeling to wigged out chipmunks to theremins to belly dancing shuffles to spastic ragtime to ... well, you get the idea.

Lyrically, this album is much like the first with many nonsense non-sequitur ramblings and few actual “lyrics,” though after a few listens, you’ll know every grunt and incoherent utterance. “Elevated Structure of Terror” drove my brother Joel to literal tears with its mumbled, drunken lyrics amid Tim Chandler’s amazingly inventive bass playing. And then there’s “Psychedelic Boogie Child,” the 70s disco song full of wahwah pedals, shag carpeting and lava lamps. Speaking of bonus levels, the amazing bonus level song, imaginatively titled “Lil’ Bonus Room,” finds Uncle Terry urging the purchase of multiple games because “I get residuals for every game that’s sold.”

Both CDs are headlong hurtles into reckless fun. In addition to their old man, both of my boys love these songs. No one is immune from the infectious insanity that, like a good Bugs Bunny cartoon, contains enough ear candy for kids and yet has jokes only adults will get.