Howl: The Grunts And Groans Of All Toho Monsters

Howl: The Grunts And Groans Of All Toho MonstersHow many people drag out their CD of Halloween sounds every year and play them loudly for the trick or treaters, and the rest of the neighborhood? That is so ordinary. Pour out the boiling cauldrons. Reject the Rabid Dogs. Close the creaking door. For a change, how about whipping this bad boy out instead? Howl: The Grunts And Groans Of All Toho Monsters will probably make your house the one they remember the most. Not only is it quite different, but some of the sounds are unearthly.

This is the most complete collection of Toho Monster sounds up to the release date in 1993. All the usual suspects are here, Godzilla (several versions), Rodan, and Mothra. There are also many of the lesser known beasts, such as Varan and Manda. As far as I can tell, they are organized in chronological order, according to their appearances in various movies, not all of which are Godzilla movies, such as Dagorah and even Toho’s Frankenstein.

In addition to pulling this CD out for Halloween, if you’re inclined to use unusual sounds for Windows events, this CD would be handy because the sounds are clean, without voices or musical cues.

The weakest point of the CD is actually an attempt to spice it up a bit. It opens with an electronica instrumental edited to include many of the monster sounds. “Godzilla’s Coming To Town” is interesting as an experiment and works reasonably well, but it sounds like an extended dance-club remix of a lesser Miami Vice track.

Taken for what it is, however, Howl is a dandy collection of sounds.

  1. Godzilla’s Coming To Town Monster Mix (5:44)
  2. Godzilla ’54 (0:22)
  3. Anguirus (0:14)
  4. Rodan (0:30)
  5. Insect Creature (0:17)
  6. Varan (0:20)
  7. Mothra Larva (0:26)
  8. Mothra Adult (0:15)
  9. Walrus Monster (0:19)
  10. King Kong (0:31)
  11. Godzilla (Kong) (0:31)
  12. Manda (0:18)
  13. Growing Jellyfish Thing (0:24)
  14. Godzilla (Kong) 2nd Generation (0:32)
  15. Ghidorah (0:30)
  16. Barugon (0:23)
  17. Frankenstein (0:23)
  18. Brown Gargantua (0:23)
  19. Green Gargantua (0:19)
  20. Ebirah (0:19)
  21. Gorosaurus (0:26)
  22. Mecha Kong (0:21)
  23. Minya (0:27)
  24. Kamakiras (0:17)
  25. Spiga (0:16)
  26. Anguirus 2nd Generation (0:21)
  27. Gabbara (0:26)
  28. Gezora (0:15)
  29. Ganime (0:17)
  30. Kameba (0:21)
  31. Hedorah (0:32)
  32. Gigan (0:17)
  33. Megalon (0:24)
  34. Jet Jaguar (0:15)
  35. King Cesar (0:28)
  36. MechaGodzilla ’75 (0:37)
  37. Titanosaurus (0:20)
  38. Godzilla 3rd Generation (0:41)
  39. Shokilas (0:14)
  40. Biollante (0:35)
  41. Godzillasaurus (0:27)
  42. Drats (0:16)
  43. King Ghidorah (0:45)
  44. Mecha-King Ghidorah (0:20)
  45. Mothra Larva 2nd Generation (0:20)
  46. Mothra Adult 2nd Generation (0:57)
  47. Battra Larva (0:23)
  48. Battra Adult (0:43)
  49. Godzilla 4th Generation (0:37)

Released by: Sony
Date of release: 1992
Total run time: 25:38

BBC Essential Science Fiction Sound FX Volume 1

BBC Essential Science Fiction Sound FX Volume 1Very much a specialty item – and almost absolutely unobtainable in the States – this CD contains the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s numerous distinctive sound effects mainly from science fiction programs other than Doctor Who, whose FX library is well represented by 30 Years in the Radiophonic Workshop, though there are some Who effects here – such as the Master’s TARDIS and others – which are not available elsewhere. Sounds from radio productions of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Earth Search are included, along with a wonderful 30-track selection of effects from Blake’s Seven, the late 70s/ early 80s science fiction series which occupies a place in my heart as my all time favorite of that genre. If you wax nostalgic at the sound of Orac computing, the Liberator’s teleports or weapons powering up, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal eating a Vogon’s grandmother, or the Hitchhiker’s Guide itself coming online, this U.K. rarity is right up your alley. No, not something I’d recommend for everyone’s music collection – since it’s hardly music – but it’s a must for any truly rabid fans of vintage BBC sci-fi productions.

Order this CD

    Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (BBC Radio, 1979)

  1. The Book’s activating code (0:04)
  2. Slartibartfast’s aircar – takeoff (0:18)
  3. Slartibartfast’s aircar – constant run (0:38)
  4. Slartibartfast’s aircar – landing (0:27)
  5. Magrathea alarm (0:22)
  6. Magrathea police guns (0:36)
  7. Space car park outside Restaurant at the End of the Universe(0:49)
  8. The end of the Universe (0:32)
  9. Black spaceship oscillates (0:43)
  10. Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal – eating (0:07)
  11. Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal – walking (0:32)
  12. Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal – roaring (0:40)
  13. Penargilian Kangaroo Relocation drive engaged (0:05)
  14. Panargilian Kangaroo Relocation drive engaged (0:12)
  15. Golgafrincham Ark ship bridge background (1:07)

    Doctor Who

  16. Earth shuttle arriving on Argolis (1:09)
  17. Planet exterior atmosphere on Argolis – Leisure Hive (1:39)
  18. Flock of bats – State of Decay (1:04)
  19. Laboratory descends, Gaztak spaceship takes off – Meglos (0:25)
  20. Marshmen – Full Circle (0:24)
  21. Respirator room background in spaceship (0:46)
  22. Time winds – Warrior’s Gate (0:37)
  23. Alarm (0:20)
  24. Electric storm – Keeper of Traken (1:14)
  25. Cloister bell in the TARDIS (0:24)
  26. The Master’s TARDIS lands (0:21)
  27. The Master’s TARDIS takes off (0:15)
  28. TARDIS slips out of time – Logopolis (0:09)
  29. TARDIS slips into time (0:10)

    Blake’s Seven (series D, 1981)

  30. Dawn of emptiness (1:55)
  31. Space bells of ceremonial room (1:22)
  32. Scorpio spaceship lands (0:35)
  33. Scorpio teleport dematerialisation (0:09)
  34. Scorpio teleport rematerialisation (0:06)
  35. Scorpio handgun (0:07)

    Blake’s Seven (series A-C, 1978-80)

  36. Orac switch-on (0:02)
  37. Orac working (0:31)
  38. Orac switch-off (0:04)
  39. Liberator computer malfunction – Redemption (0:33)
  40. Liberator plasma bolt explosions (0:10)
  41. Liberator laser (0:25)
  42. Federation ship laser explosions (0:26)
  43. Liberator life capsule ready to be launched – Aftermath (0:39)
  44. Liberator ship background (1:35)
  45. Liberator handgun – three shots (0:13)
  46. Avon’s communicator bracelet, hail and transport sounds (0:09)
  47. Liberator teleport disappearance (0:11)
  48. Liberator teleport reappearance (0:11)
  49. Mysterious being disappears in a flame – Sarcophagus (0:05)
  50. Alien gun (0:06)
  51. Appearance of the Ovoid (0:35)
  52. Heavy voltage force (0:09)
  53. Glow from a mysterious ghost who haunts the Liberator (0:25)
  54. The core, a huge ever-growing pulsating brain – Ultraworld(0:32)
  55. Interior of Federation patrol ship (1:14)
  56. Going through a black hole in the Liberator – Dawn of the Gods(1:19)
  57. Space centre medical unit hum (0:43)
  58. Machine monster with a black sense of humour (0:37)
  59. Breakdown of machine monster (0:09)
  60. Extraterrestrial heavenly choir (1:24)

    Earth Search (BBC Radio 4, 1980)

  61. UFO landing (0:11)
  62. Computer touch panel bleeps (0:43)
  63. Warbles (0:25)
  64. Alarm (0:06)
  65. Meteorite alert station (0:32)
  66. Rumbling gurgle (0:35)
  67. Handheld ray gun (0:14)
  68. Space bombs (0:19)
  69. Space police (0:15)
  70. Outer airlock door open and close (0:11)
  71. Inner airlock door open and close (0:10)
  72. Plasma discharge weapons (0:09)
  73. Underworld animation chamber (0:39)
  74. Bleeps for suspended animation chamber (0:30)
  75. Electric warning gong (0:20)
  76. Three harmonic strings followed by explosion (0:07)
  77. Sharp hum with trail out (0:21)
  78. Rapid Fire

Released by: BBC Records
Release date: 1991
Total running time: 44:21

Doctor Who: 30 Years at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Doctor Who: 30 Years at the BBC Radiophonic WorkshopHere it is. This album is, without a doubt, the ultimate test of whether or not you’re a rabid Doctor Who fan. Obviously, I am. If you pay good money to get this CD imported from the U.K., you’ll have yourself a huge library of Doctor Who sound effects and rare music cues, both famous and obscure. From the familiar sound of a materializing TARDIS to a bizarre 1968 episode’s sound effects including a track title “Quark Goes Berzerk and Explodes” (meaning this obviously isn’t a Deep Space Nine CD), just about any sound you can imagine is here. Well, maybe not. I would have liked to hear more of the bleeps, clicks and whirrs associate with the TARDIS control room in the 1980s, but I suppose I can learn to live with that minor disappointment. Also included are suites of abstract incidental music from the 1985 episode Timelash and the 1993 BBC Radio play Paradise Of Death, as well as a truly goofy version of the Doctor Who theme which sounds like it was played on a jaw harp! Who could ask for anything more?

Order this CD

  1. Doctor Who signature tune (2:21)
  2. TARDIS exterior (1:36)
  3. TARDIS take-off (1:09)
  4. Sensorites in laboratory (1:21)
  5. Slyther on the move (0:51)
  6. death of a Mirebeast (0:25)
  7. Mechanoid (0:51)
  8. Dalek space ship takes off (0:39)
  9. Dalek space ship lands (0:20)
  10. Chumblie constant run (1:09)
  11. Chumblie at rest (0:57)
  12. Chumblie dies (0:14)
  13. a few Fish People (0:57)
  14. Signature tune: a new beginning (0:46)
  15. propaganda sleep machine (1:21)
  16. Macra Control and Macra (1:15)
  17. destruction of the Daleks (1:35)
  18. cobweb mutates (1:00)
  19. Yeti growls, roars and dies (0:22)
  20. four Yetis signaling (0:23)
  21. Cybermats attracted to ship (0:28)
  22. start of the Cyber Invasion (1:16)
  23. Birth of Cybermats (0:45)
  24. Cybermat killed by special sound (0:24)
  25. Quarks chuckle (0:19)
  26. Quark kills (0:04)
  27. Quark goes berserk and explodes (0:23)
  28. Kroton theme with the birth and death of a Kroton (1:52)
  29. original Sonic Screwdriver (0:13)
  30. time zone (1:20)
  31. SIDRAT control (0:54)
  32. factory with mechanical and physiological Autons and Auton guns (1:47)
  33. Signature tune: the "Delaware" version (2:14)
  34. TARDIS lands (0:18)
  35. threat to Sarah (0:34)
  36. Sonic Screwdriver – multi-purpose mode (0:12)
  37. Wirrn in the infrastructure (1:03)
  38. void (1:07)
  39. shuttle landing sequence (0:49)
  40. Fendahl shuffle & slobber (0:34)
  41. Vardan materialises & shimmers (0:32)
  42. K9 probe and gun (0:04)
  43. TARDIS doors (0:07)
  44. White Guardian’s windbells (1:06)
  45. an Ogri about (0:32)
  46. pouring crystals (0:07)
  47. attack on war room (1:20)
  48. Doctor’s repair to TARDIS central column fails (0:15)
  49. Foamasi voices (0:17)
  50. doors (0:10)
  51. reactivation and laboratory room (0:43)
  52. Dodecahedron beams (0:39)
  53. Marshmen emerge from the Mistfall (0:52)
  54. timewinds (1:05)
  55. TARDIS landing bleep (0:03)
  56. Cloister Bell (1:04)
  57. march of the victims (1:48)
  58. search, capture & display dolls (0:26)
  59. scrolls self-destruct (0:10)
  60. Borusa destroyed (0:34)
  61. Melkur passes (0:47)
  62. Sea-Devils energising chamber inside Silurian rock (0:54)
  63. exploding river of mud (0:57)
  64. music suite from Timelash by Elizabeth Parker (5:54)
  65. tissue compression eliminator (0:03)
  66. limbo atrophier (0:13)
  67. drinks machine (0:06)
  68. transformer machine (0:11)
  69. sonic cone switch on & detonate (0:12)
  70. bees (0:35)
  71. singing trees with Dragon shots and two nitro-9 bombs (0:50)
  72. confuser machine (0:12)
  73. baseball bat hits Daleks (0:11)
  74. big Dalek gun (0:08)
  75. Doctor in time tunnel (0:31)
  76. Cyber ship lands, doors open (0:32)
  77. statue (0:24)
  78. execution sequence (0:28)
  79. letters burnt on crypt wall (0:24)
  80. phial breaks, gas escapes (0:17)
  81. energy bursts (0:22)
  82. Bessie drives off (0:12)
  83. transmaterialisation (0:10)
  84. Light petrifies victims (0:08)
  85. bird nightmare (0:36)
  86. sphere (0:33)
  87. music from The Paradise of Death by Peter Howell (2:13)
  88. Doctor Who end title theme 1980 (0:53)

Released by: BBC Records
Release date: 1993
Total running time: 66:58