“Films are 50 percent visual and 50 percent sound. Sometimes sound even overplays the visual”*…

Because I consider cartoon music to be a close relative to film music, I’ve got to share this with you, enjoy!

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Though routinely credited, as above, as “Film Editor,” Tregoweth Edmond “Treg” Brown was the genius sound-effects wizard responsible for sound editing the Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons starting in 1936…

His musique concrète artistry worked directly in conjunction with Carl Stalling‘s hyper-active left-field orchestral scores to create the soundtrack to generations of kids lives. So many of these sounds are completely ingrained into our collective pop-culture (un)consciousness. So much so, that reviewing some of the old Looney Tunes cartoons as an adult, you tend to ignore how utterly ridiculous the doinks and twangs are, for they sound totally natural in context—a testament to Brown’s flawless editing of sounds demanded by the images.

In addition to his incredible sound design which won him a Sound Effects Oscar in 1965 for The Great Race, Brown is also credited with giving legendary Warner Brothers’ voice actor Mel Blanc

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2 thoughts on ““Films are 50 percent visual and 50 percent sound. Sometimes sound even overplays the visual”*…

  1. Paragraph Film Reviews

    I always say that I’d rather have surround sound than HD when watching movies. Never stopped and thought about how silly twangs and boings are – I guess they’re so ubiquitous that they’ve always been there!

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