George Martin (of Beatles fame) is known for making the Goon show
records. Could he have been involved in the SFX too?
Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
On Jun 26, 2009, at 2:55 PM, Ted Kendall wrote:
> Well, actually they weren't - at least not many of them. The sole
> Radiophonics product that actually made it into a Goon Show was
> "Bloodnok's Stomach", and that under protest of the Workshop's
> management - its sights were set on higher things, like musique
> concrete. And it is surprising just how many of the Goon Show
> effects are spot rather than grams - although pre-recording of the
> most complex sequences was sometimes carried out, frequently a
> sequence would be done on the fly with one operator and three or
> four turntables. Virtuosity indeed.
> Ted Kendall
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Recording Innovations
> From: Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]>
>> The most creative sound effects crew I know of was that working
>> the BBC's "Goon Shows." In the midst of the laughter, I'm still
>> awestruck by their proficiency and imagination. True classica,
>> there are some I've listened to well over a dozen times.
>> A belated bravo to those guys. Steve Smolian
> I agree that they were creative, but it should be noted that a large
> percentage of the Goon Show sounds were not performed live in front of
> the audience like in the U.S., but were pre-recorded by the BBC
> Radiophonics Workshop at Madia Vale and inserted into the program
> in the
> control room.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]