Tomorrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new

Ten years ago, when we were recording raw sounds for our Monsters sound effects disc, we made a recording of the cat that lived at the house Toxic Bag called home. Gabby was a cat who was very sweet and affectionate to her human—and pretty much no one else. If anyone tried to get near her she would hiss and snarl and growl like crazy. Near a microphone she produced some of the most amazing pseudo-feral feline vocalizations I’ve ever heard. Gabby’s growls, spits and snorts became not only the basis for the almost-completely-unedited “Angry Cat” and “Really Angry Cat” tracks on Monsters, but were a vital building block for dozens of other creature effects we’ve created over the years.

Gabby passed away yesterday at the ripe old cat age of seventeen. She was an important contributor to Toxic Bag’s body of work and a special part of our lives. Rest in peace, Gabby. We love you.

Gabby

Gabby

Photo: Jodi Brown

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About toxicbag

Toxic Bag Productions, Inc. provides sound effects and music for independent films, animated shorts, theatrical productions, dance performances, podcasts and video games. They work out of their studio on the north side of Chicago.

Posted on April 29, 2009, in Behind the Scenes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’m glad that Gabby will live on through her recorded growls and hisses. Requiescat in pace! May the mice be plentiful and the catnip never far away. Dutch sends his sympathy.

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