While searching for props in a junk store I noticed this old plastic toy concrete mixer truck and it was obvious it was well loved. While it looked like it had spent many happy hours in a sand pit, I wondered what it sounded like. As soon as I moved it, it squeaked & rattled in really characterful ways. So I brought it home with me and just got around to recording it.
As with many old school toys it is built to take the punishment and is comprised of solid, clunky plastic. Along with a winding mechanism for the concrete mixer and a tilt lever, the wheels all turn freely but everything it does generates a great plastic toy tonality.
I captured passbys, wheel moves at various speeds, handling, rattles, drops, clanks, deck up & down and even put some small stones in the concrete mixer part.
Useful for practical sound effects editing in the literal sense, but also very useful as elements when designing sounds that require a solid plastic tonality. Accordingly a final set of recordings captured basic singular moves of each component, for use in contexts other than the obvious.