After hearing an actual popcorn machine, circa 1969, composer Gershon Kingsley put together a recording on Moog synthesizer, then titled “Pop Corn,” which became famous in electronic-music circles. In 1972, Kingsley associate Stan Free they’d played together in the First Moog Quartet cut an amped-up version that climbed to #9 in Billboard.
With all these electronics going on, the temptation to do “Popcorn” unplugged occurred to many; Herb Alpert’s version, which showed up on the 2005 Lost Treasures compilation, is a gem. But this sort-of-classical take by the composer himself is something else entirely:
This was recorded eight years ago, when Kingsley was a lad of 85. He’s still around today.