Western : Gun sounds unique to spaghetti westerns

Gun sounds unique to spaghetti westerns

They have a slight whistle and a softer sound to them. Why did they use this effect rather than the usual hollywood sound?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItRJNXrfoUU

Re: Gun sounds unique to spaghetti westerns

From another message board, if it's of help:

In the commentary track for "Once Upon a Time in the West," there's a lengthy discussion of the way Sergio Leone approached sound in his Westerns. He instructed his sound editor to tweak all of the sounds, modifying them electronically and cranking up the volume to enhance the effect. Leone didn't want realism, he wanted a mythic aural impact, which is why the gunshots, expecially the ricochets, sound so unworldly.

Re: Gun sounds unique to spaghetti westerns

Thank you, that is interesting. It appears though that other makers of spaghetti westerns used the same techniques perhaps using Leone as a benchmark.

Re: Gun sounds unique to spaghetti westerns

They were also recorded in a gravel pit/quarry hence all the ricochets.
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