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Fuzz2007

The Sound That Revolutionized the World

  • 3.8
Fuzz: the sound that changed the world. The fuzz box: that tiny little box between the electric guitar and the amp that revolutionized rock music. What on earth does it do? Filmmaker Clif Taylor explores this insane industry of noise making, a world populated by guitar slinging super heroes and garage dwelling electronic geeks all sharing the collective obsession of one day creating that perfect sonic wave of limitless distortion. It's a unique subculture of psychedelic noise freaks and vintage distortion connoisseurs, a world of gear oriented Internet chat rooms and completely anarchistic electronic product conventions. From the geeky backyard boutique engineers building prized and instantly collectable clones of terribly scarce vintage psychedelic circuits to professional Wah Wah men, the electronic gurus, capable of pitching that monster tone into a circuit bent chaos, Clif Taylor shows us all of it, all the while, on the hunt for his own perfect tone. Guitar Gods Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton, Jon Spencer, J Mascis, Chris Ross of Wolfmother and other music legends weigh in on their favorite circuits. Where would Jimi Hendrix be without fuzz? Would the sixties psychedelic movement even exist sans fuzz box? This film answers all those questions and more. It is a must see for anyone interested in the nuts, bolts, solder, transistors and true history of rock.

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Amazing film, I learned so much from this documentary. Very well thought out, great editing and exhaustive knowledge of the technology of the sound that changed the world. Being a musician makes it even easier to appreciate a film like this. But I only own ONE fuzzbox!

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Fuzz is an elemental force of Rock & Roll, a distorted, square wave of primordial energy, like some wild sonic beast. This comprehensive documentary tries to capture and channel that energy, much like the real-life characters of the film who are devoted to trapping the sonic beast in little metal boxes. Homegrown, whiz-bang ingenuity is combined with the obsessive drive of Victor Frankenstein. They are the Rock & Roll Prometheus.

1 member likes this review

Amazing film, I learned so much from this documentary. Very well thought out, great editing and exhaustive knowledge of the technology of the sound that changed the world. Being a musician makes it even easier to appreciate a film like this. But I only own ONE fuzzbox!

1 member likes this review

I'm an electronic musician, so I really like to hear people taking about sound, and noise, and the there is plenty of it in this film. Nice dive into the culture, funny characters interesting insight into the world of pedals and effects.

A must for anyone who's into effects, guitars, synths and making weird muzak.

If you this topic you'll love this film.

having been an avid, rabid, and constant listener since the sixties, it is wonderful to get such full information from people who love music as much as i do. a gem of a documentary.

A window into the world of effect pedals..interesting even if you don't know what they are..fascinating if you know way more than you wish you did about them..