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I recently finished a film which required foley for cannibal natives.

I needed foley for shell and bone necklaces.

I had nowhere to turn to,

until a friend of mine discarded his pistachio shell cup!

I was saved!

I bought a bag of roasted and salted pistachios.

Taking a handful, I began to create some very convincing foley for the natives running about.

I'll upload some samples tomorrow with an update to this post.

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I bet you could get some neat rain sounds out of 'em too. Betcha could get a nice neck break out of mashing them with a rubber mallot. –  g.a.harry Apr 29 '11 at 4:58
    
@g.a.harry Shh. That was going to be the next Onomonopeya Sharades! –  Utopia Apr 29 '11 at 5:16
    
Dammit. Me and my big mouth... –  g.a.harry Apr 29 '11 at 7:40
    
@Utopia: hi there! I was searching here for similar effects. Do you still have some samples you could share for those recordings? Thank you! –  Melissa Pons Nov 5 '12 at 16:17
    
@Melissa Absolutely. Shoot me your e-mail and I'll send you off a couple. –  Utopia Nov 13 '12 at 23:45
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interesting... did you make a chain out of them or just held them in your hand?

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Moved them between hands and hopped up and down with them in one of those small mesh bags you get those chocolate coins in. –  Utopia Apr 29 '11 at 2:00
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After reading this I feel a hundred times less-strange than before, as I've just accumulated a full glass of pistachio shells over the past few days. Decided to save them for some experimentation :D

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Nice! I also recorded them when they were still in-tact (i.e. not eaten). Sounded good both ways, but there is more low-end when it's still in tact. –  Utopia May 2 '11 at 4:51
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oh yeah, pistacios always sounded great to me..taste great too, hard to get enough. such amazing shells.

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This thread is making me crave some pistachios.

That is all.

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Pistachios, is there anything they cant do?

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