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What's In A Roar? Crafting Godzilla's Iconic Sound

The roar in the 1954 original was the sound of a leather glove coated in pine-tar resin being dragged over a double bass. Each film since has tweaked the recipe.

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Godzilla's original 1954 roar was created by composer Akira Ifukube, who dragged a resin-coated leather glove along the loosened strings of a double bass. Toho hide caption

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What's In A Roar? Crafting Godzilla's Iconic Sound

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