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The sound effects madman behind the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons
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Treg Brown
The sound effects madman behind the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons

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 conjuction 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.

Treg Brown, editing in the studio
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 his big break.

The cartoon One Froggy Evening (1955), pays homage to Treg Brown. The skyscraper in which Michigan J. Frog is entombed is named the “Tregoweth Brown Building.”
The following documentary is a loving tribute to Brown’s unforgettable work. It’s split into two parts.

You can watch it here:


And here’s forty minutes of effects from Brown’s library at Warner Brothers. Crank them to eleven and entertain your neighbors:

H/T: Network Awesome

Posted by Christopher Bickel
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