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Fuzz: The Sound That Changed the World
Fuzz The Sound That Changed the World
Actors: Billy Gibbons, J. Mascis, Peter Frampton, John Markovich, Justin Meldal-Johnsen
NR     2008     1hr 31min

Fuzz ... the sound that changed the world. The fuzz box, that tiny little box between the electric guitar and the amp, what on earth does it do? Clif Taylor explores this insane industry of noise making, a world popularize...  more »


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Actors: Billy Gibbons, J. Mascis, Peter Frampton, John Markovich, Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Studio: Brink Films Inc.
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/20/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

FUZZ: The Sound That Changed the World
trivikrama dasa | Boston MA | 01/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is worth seeing if only for Bjorn Juhl and David Main's apprearances. Actually the whole cast of characters are extremely interesting, I enjoyed it. I thought it would be the history of the fuzz pedal and chronicle it's existance from the 1st Gibson fuzztone through the tonebenders, fuzzfaces, big muff's ETC, but what really takes place is a seemingly random sequence of interviews with pedalmakers and players. I'm glad someone made this film and that I bought it."
Great Video
Herbert Bumpernickle | Intercourse, PA USA | 10/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This a very well-constructed video that is mostly interviews with pedal builders/designers but also provides demonstrations of most of the pedals discussed. There are also several interviews with musicians who use the different products. The DVD is very entertaining and I highly recommend the video to any guitar effects pedal nerd."
GAS inducing movie
Colleen A. Kaufman | Boulder, Colorado | 02/07/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is a fun and entertaining movie about guitar effects pedals though mostly FUZZ boxes. While I do really like the movie and have watched it several time it suffers greatly from poor editing and planning. It would have been better to have interviews of the participants followed by demonstrations of his products. It really would have been nice if there was a bonus clip where they showed all the pedal demos one after another."
Fun and Disturbing Sounds
Bob C. | 11/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I can attest to how these small (usually) boxes that make strange sounds can be very alluring and almost addicting. So it's no surprise that someone decided to make a DVD of these otherworldly devices.

This DVD is not a chronological history of fuzz tones. Instead it is a string of interviews with musicians, fuzz designers and other denizens of the music business. The director demonstrates some of the pedals, sometimes in an odd outfit of shorts and dress shoes, though the clips do not always correspond to the pedals being discussed.

But don't let any of that deter you from checking this thing out. The only thing more fun than this DVD is plugging in and playing one of these things. THe Fuzz tone sound is one of the first and most fun of the effects pedals. Garage bands in the 60's wore out thousands of Gibson Maestro, Univox and Mosrite fuzzes. And, Hendrix forever popularized the Fuzz Face. Many of the current fuzzes are variations of these originals, though some attempt to go way beyond these classic sounds.

One of the interviewees, Jack Waterson, owner of Future Music, L.A., puts in all into perspective when he says that the design of these boxes is not high end engineering but alchemy and that musicians should rely on practice and discipline to achieve their unique sound. But, there is no denying that the disturbing sound of fuzz tones are crazy fun and have been undermining the sound of popular music for the past 40 plus years.