Where would director Chuck Jones's scwewy wabbit and puddy-tat be without the merry melodies of Carl Stalling and, especially, the splats, screeches, and collisions of FX wizard and unsung hero Treg Brown? (Ta-da!) Brown punctuated and complemented the mayhem of Warner Brothers' humanized animals and animalized humans. On Rhino Records' new Crash! Bang! Boom!, Brown's accompaniment adds up to a dizzying array of noises98 cuts flying by (vroooom!) in 43 minutes.
Crash! Bang! Boom! The Best of WB Sound FX
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With slapstick antics up front and sly nods and asides missing, Crash! Bang! Boom! is geared to the little onesthe Looney Tunes characters star as misguided guides for a riot of racket. While Rhino also intended the CD as phone-message fodder and unsound sounds for your PC, the cacophony could just as well be heard on its own stand-alone terms. (Ding!) Since Brown is such an accomplished aural anarchist, creating unearthly clatter that would be the envy of Japanese fracas-fetishist Merzbow, this collection argues that FX can be an art form: Imagine hearing a simple downward tumble as sirens, whistles, or horns and you'll get some idea of the guy's mad genius. Avant types would have surely dug more barrage and less voice-over-style sops to boomers and their babiesthe skits are even worse than the ones on hip-hop CDs. (Gong!) Still, there's enough source material to make any turntablist drool, and enough rapid-fire montage for any drill'n'bass or digital-hardcore fan. They'd go gaga over "It Is to Laugh," for instance, with its synchronized fart/bell/shot sequences, robotized madness, dying bagpipes, and sneezes chugging into choo-choos.
The self-proclaimed pizza de résistance is "Bugs Combo," where collisions, gulps, howls, and drumrolls too psychotic for loungecore approximate a lowbrow country cousin of a Iannis Xenakis or Luc Ferrari collage. Crash! Bang! Boom! is a true family recordit'll bring together nostalgic parents, precocious kids, and techno-teens (woo-woo!), all clamoring for clamor.
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