FOUND SOUNDS!
JACK FASCINATO VS. DEAN ELLIOTT

by Tony Maygarden

Jack Fascinato Music From a Surplus Store
Dean Elliott Zounds What Sounds

MUSIC FROM A SURPLUS STORE - JACK FASCINATO (Capitol ST-1225) Released 1959.
Twelve original songs by Jack Fascinato & Ken Snyder, with integrated "found sounds."
Produced by Bill Miller. Liner notes by Ken Snyder. Engineer not credited. Cover photo not credited.

Found Sounds heard on the album:
needle-nosed oil cans
steel gas pipes
GI scrub brush
whisk broom
washboard
plumber's helper
trowels (of different keys)
scaffolding nails
furniture casters with composition wheels and ball-bearings
rasp stroked with loose-jointed pliers
putty knife
crowbar
helical springs plucked with a Medical Corps scalpel
sandpaper
train whistle
hand saw
metal wastebaskets
electric motor with variable speed control

 

 

ZOUNDS! WHAT SOUNDS! - DEAN ELLIOTT (Capitol ST-1818) Released 1962.
Twelve pop standards performed by a swinging big band, with integrated "found sounds."
Produced by John Palladino. Sound Effects Editor: Phil Kaye. Uncredited liner notes. Cover photo by George Jerman.

Found Sounds heard on the album:
cement mixer
air compressor
punching bag
hand saw
thunderstorm
raindrops
celery stalks
"1001" clocks
bowling pins
automobile effects
ax
coffee cans
cork popping
costume jewelry
crickets
dog barking
frog croaking
hoot owl
mechanical teeth
Ping-Pong ball
plumber's plunger
pogo stick spring
popgun
ratchet
raw apple and carrots
short-wave signal
squeaking door
telephone direct-distance dialing signal
train rumble
tree bells
underwater detonation
wind chimes
wolf whistle
many human vocal noises

SUMMARY

The original compositions are quite cool, although some veer into Leroy Anderson territory. The found sounds are for the most nicely worked into the arrangements, often carrying the melody, making for an unusual but not gimmicky sounding record.

SUMMARY

Subtlety is not the word here. One can marvel at the multitude of found sounds, but listening fatigue sets in after awhile. Surprise followed by surprise seems to have be the operating principle with the found sounds. The band arrangements are almost irrelevant.

THE WINNER IS: A TIE! Subtlety vs. Gimmick, your choice.