Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Source of Godzilla's Iconic Scream

Music of Sound just posted a link to a cool article on the Criterion website containing some interesting facts about the classic Japanese "Godzilla" movies. Among these tidbits is the source of Godzilla's famous scream:

"Godzilla’s sonic-iconic roar was conceived by composer Akira Ifukube, who realized that a manipulated recording of a leather glove rubbing a loosened contrabass string would provide a perfectly monstrous tone."


-sihiL said...

As far as I can recall, the leather glove was also covered with resin and there was some layering, perhaps even speed changes involved.

Alan said...

Then could somebody remind me: which was the movie monster sound based on combining a baby elephant trumpet and lion's roar?