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Old 07-04-2008, 11:27 PM   #1
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apologise if this has been mentioned already,

Ive always wondered what the sounds of the various Thunderbirds crafts originated from.

I wonder if anyone recognises if they are in fact sounds of actual real aircraft and rockets or maybe just some industrial item.

there are a lot of sounds which seem to be standard for films and tv at the time, such as tyre screeches and missile launches,

the missile launch, heard on things like thunderbird 2 missiles, scotts hover bike, the inteceptor missles from UFO and lots of other things, for example I think the flares on the movie a day to remember (the Titanic movie) uses the same noise for the flares being set off, which shows it was maybe a standard movie sound effect, its the one sound Ive always wanted to know what the original was

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Old 08-04-2008, 09:42 AM   #2
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Many sound effects were created specifically for the Anderson shows by John and Jean Taylor and dubbing editor Brian Hickin among others. Among the effects that Brian created were the sound effects of Fab One being driven (Brian's Rover car), The Fireflash scraping along runway 29 (A dustbin lid being dragged along concrete), and the MEV on Mars (a variable speed coffee grinder !). Other sound effects for machinery in motion were provided by the coal transporter at the Slough power station.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:54 AM   #3
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brilliant

I wonder weather the standard sounds, which you hear in lots of tv and films of the time, where from one firm? and if they are archived and catalogued somewhere?


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Old 08-04-2008, 11:36 AM   #4
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Heat-Ray sound fx from George Pal's War of the Worlds pop up all over the place- I've lost count of the times I have heard the same hissing sound in films...
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:17 PM   #5
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I wonder weather the standard sounds, which you hear in lots of tv and films of the time, where from one firm? and if they are archived and catalogued somewhere?
I know the BBC issued many sound effects albums, including 'Sci-Fi Sound Effects' in 1981.

They appear to have been reissued on CD, but unfortunately the cover art is purely functional and pretty bland compared to the old LPs. I assume the BBC made them available for use in amateur theatre etc as part of its remit as a public broadcaster. 'Father Ted' fans will have seen them in action.

I've never seen similar albums from other TV studios, presumably because of the royalty issue.
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:48 PM   #6
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I understand that the sounds of the Thunderbird craft was recorded at an airfield not far from me.
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:26 AM   #7
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yeah the father ted episode with the sound effects is hillarious

good to discover that the Thunderbirds are actually recordings of real aeroplanes, I had visions they would be some sort of industrial machinery or something.
can any aeroplane enthusiasts pin point what they actually are?

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According to an interview with John and Jean Taylor in issue 11 of Century 21 magazine, many of the sounds of jet engines and other machines were recorded on a visit to Little Rissington airfield. One of the devices they recorded which was used for the Thunderbird craft was a form of blower used to rev jet engines.

Many of the effects crested for the series were used to form a sound effects library for a company formed by Gerry Anderson and David Elliott called... Soundefex Limited. This was later bought by Cinesound who went on to supply many of the AP/C21 effects for other movies and TV shows.
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Interesting

I think the Fireflash and Thunderbird 2 are my favourite sounds


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I'm fairly certain that TB2 was 'voiced' by a Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet, as fitted to the Hawker Hunter and English Electric Lightning.

The Zero X Lifting bodies, certainly when taxiing, used the sound of the the Rolls-Royce Conway 11 as fitted to the Handley-Page Victor 'V' Bomber

The Rasping sound made by Braiman when calculating (Thunderbirds 'Sunprobe') and many other computer-type devices in the series was actually a Strowger Selector as used in Telephone Exchanges until the replaced by the System X solid state switches in the early 1980s.

The SHADO Mobiles and also a number of Pod vehicles were probably 'voiced' by the Centurion Main Battle Tank

Ok, who's next?
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great stuff mkIXhawk

what about the elevator cars?

definatley sound like some diesel lorry


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When the S.P.V. pulls up behind the saloon car in the Captain Scarlet episode "Big Ben Strikes Again" it's a Vauxhall victor 101 reversing!
The same sound can be heard in "Manhunt" as the S.P.C. is reversing and when Captain Black's car is backing up in " Operation Time" and again when Black's car backs up in "Treble Cross"

In Thunderbirds, the sound effect of a WW2 American Army Jeep is used for the half track and the Hood's truck.
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Someone or somebody should bring out a 2 or 3 cd collection of the
sound effects used in all of Gerry Anderson's shows,including the
complete electronic sound effects created by Barry Gray as well.
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I've always loved the sound of the Mobiles from UFO, and as a kid managed to impersonate it (trys it now and decorates his monitor screen) when I was playing.
Thank goodness my kids are not out of bed yet...
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Someone or somebody should bring out a 2 or 3 cd collection of the
sound effects used in all of Gerry Anderson's shows,including the
complete electronic sound effects created by Barry Gray as well.
That's the sort of project that fanderson take on...

I shall contact them and see if there is any possibility of this (i.e. do they have the material) or whether they perceive a market for it.
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Someone or somebody should bring out a 2 or 3 cd collection of the
sound effects used in all of Gerry Anderson's shows,including the
complete electronic sound effects created by Barry Gray as well.
Great idea!
A friend of mine tried to figure out how many layers there are in the UFO sound effect, he even tried to duplicate it with his analogo synth, to no luck.
There's two to be sure, the hum, the occilating tone that shifts up and down an octave, and perhaps another rapid 'tweet, tweet, tweet,' sound.
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I think someone has already done this.

This from the Fanderson Forum.

http://www.fanderson.org.uk/forum/sh...=sound+effects

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Old 14-04-2011, 10:37 PM   #18
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For Mobile and U.F.O. sfx go to www. ufoseries.com
www.ufoseries.com
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:43 PM   #19
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Default Space:1999 sound effects on C/D

Hello everyone!
As we all know, classic STAR TREK released their sound effects a while back on cd, and I was wondering what was the "hold up" with Space:1999?

Why hasn't FANDERSON released a cd of sound effects -what gives?

Peter Pennell was the sound effect guy in charge of that aspect of the show and, as we are all getting a little long in the tooth, I just wonder when in the heck that will ever be?

I just loved the "STUN GUN" sound when it was fired in season 2!

I would just want to hear it in it's true stereo form at least once before I die!

Anybody else feel the same way I do?

THANKS -ADAM
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Some of the sound effects used in Year II (alarms, lasers etc.) are accessible to editors at the BBC as part of a commercially available library. A Moonbase Alpha alarm sound has been frequently used in "that Mitchell and Webb look" in "The Quiz Broadcast" sketches.

It's unlikely any of those effects were made in stereo: there was simply no reason to create them in anything other than mono. Maya's transformation effect is an exception though. It was made up from multiple elements recorded onto separate tracks of a multitrack tape (because it was easier to do and gave flexibility in mixing the final sound). But although that could be (and has been) remixed in stereo, again it was only ever really destined for mono.
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