Behind Godzilla’s Roar!

Sound designer Erik Aadahl has worked with some pretty intimidating on-screen characters in his film career, from transforming robots to muscle-bound superheroes like Superman and Daredevil to big, green animated ogres.

This time, Aadahl had to handle a real monster: Godzilla. He was hired to update the creature’s run-for-your-life bellow three years ago, before the latest update of the 1954 monster movie had been green-lit for production. It opened in theaters nationwide Friday.

“It’s one of the most famous sound effects in cinema history,” said Aadahl. “We really wanted to embrace that and use the original as our template, and pay homage to that.”

The original film’s composer, Akira Ifukube, used a double bass, a leather glove and some pine tar to produce Godzilla’s trademark call.

“They’d rub the glove against the double base to create that groan,” Aadahl said.

Aadahl sought a fuller sound (to take advantage of contemporary theater sound systems), but wanted to retain the same musical key of Godzilla’s iconic roar. He and supervising sound editor Ethan Van der Ryn recorded hundreds of sounds with the same qualities and timbres as the original…

Finally, they elected to use a scientific microscope that recorded in high frequencies to capture sounds that are inaudible to humans…

Aadahl won’t say what sound, exactly, he recorded to capture Godzilla’s iconic roar, which he broke into two parts: The cathartic shriek and the rumbling, almost melancholic, finish. Whatever it was, it required a thousand different takes before Aadahl arrived at what he called “the winner…”

To authentically recreate the sound wave rolling through an urban environment, Aadahl and Van der Ryn set up a 12-foot-high, boulevard-wide sound system (an old Rolling Stones’ 100,000-watt speaker system) on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, and spent the next five hours on a Saturday afternoon recording the distinctive roar from inside parked cars, behind office windows and on top of buildings.

We were getting calls from across town, from Universal Studios,” Aadahl said. “The tourists wanted to know, ‘What’s happening down there?’”

When he recreated the sound effects for the film’s producer, Thomas Tull, he was so impressed he said audience members would need a trip to the drycleaners to clean their shorts!

Now that’s impressive.

Still waiting for millions of nutballs – Operation American Spring flops big time!

Operation American Spring, the mass D.C. rally aiming to force several top government officials — including the president — to resign, spent a portion of its first day at the capital assuring people tuning into its livestream that more people are on the way. The protest’s lead organizer, Harry Riley, promised 10 million to 30 million people would show up for his event…

Friday’s crowd appeared to be in the dozens to hundreds…

This, understandably, has caused a lot of schadenfreude among those who might not care too much for militia-style anti-government groups — the organizers set expectations for this rally astronomically high, and their turnout was even worse than we thought it was going to be. Weirdly, the only people who might understand how the Operation American Spring people my feel right now — virtually everyone who trekked to D.C. is a true believer, to be sure — might be the early Occupy Wall Street organizers who were there on the first day of the protests in 2011. They, too, had a crowd of just hundreds at first, after advertising a mass rally for months. But Occupy, at least temporarily, became something bigger. There are no signs at this point that Operation American Spring will become something too.

One of the Texas-based organizers for the protest put it this way to the Washington Times: “This is a very poor turnout. It ain’t no millions. And it ain’t looking like there’s going to be millions. Hundreds is more like it.”

That’s in part because of the hard-to-swallow rhetoric present at the Operation American Spring camp, and in part because the rally based its entire plan of action on the assumption that about 10 million people would show up, at the very least. How do you have 1 million people occupy the capital when about 250 show up, total..?

Our perpetual question is easy to answer, this morning. Ignorant or stupid?

I’d say dumber than a hoe-handle! No one in America believes the crap they think is gospel

$11 million in unapproved drugs seized in New Jersey

Ready to take down illegal suppositories at a moment’s notice

U.S. Marshals seized more than $11 million worth of unapproved drugs marketed by Ascend Laboratories of Montvale, N.J. and distributed by Masters Pharmaceuticals of Cincinnati.

Ascend Laboratories is a subsidiary of Alkem Laboratories, one of the top seven pharmaceutical companies in India. Alkem is a vertically integrated organization with 15 manufacturing plants located throughout India, of which four are U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved…

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Marshals seized:

— Pramoxine-HC Otic Drops, intended to treat ear infections caused by microbes and to control itching.

— Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppositories 25 milligrams, intended to treat inflamed hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory conditions.

— Urea Cream 39%, Urea Cream 40% and Urea Lotion 40%, intended to treat skin-thickening conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.

None of these products have been proven safe or effective for their intended uses. The FDA recommends that consumers consult a healthcare professional about the continuing use of these drug products”…

The FDA ain’t exactly the most progressive body affecting American healthcare. Still, it’s at least worthwhile to see them following their own regulations about keeping unapproved products off drugstore shelves.

And, then – shall we deal with the creeps who doubtless knew damned well they were importing and distributing unapproved meds, eh?

Florida town ready to waste taxpayer dollar$ — police chief wants to make profanity illegal

Neptune Beach Police Chief David Sembach is looking to ban the use of public profanity in town and is hoping to pass an ordinance that would allow officers to cite individuals who start fights by using their potty mouths.

“They can curse all they want. That’s what the U.S. Supreme Court says. They just can’t incite another person to violence,” Sembach told WTEV…

Not everyone agrees with Chief Sembach, who is also hoping to pass a law banning the obstruction of public passageways.

It’s a waste of time and taxpayer money to try and do something like that,” said local resident Edward Spear.

The City Council would still have to approve the proposal for it to move forward.

Florida seems likely to pass laws even the rest of the Confederacy has given up on.