The Giggle Box (aka giggle drive) can be heard on the Fantomas album Suspended Animation. About two years ago Mike Patton told me that he was working on a kids’ record themed album and wanted something that made crazy, creepy kids sounds. The piece pretty much designed itself after that.
The name describes it pretty well. It’s a box that laughs and giggles. There are 6 different samples that can be played simultaneously. Each has its own volume and pitch settings, play button, power switch and distortion/pitch drop touch plate. View an enlarged diagram here. The effect you get is a chorus of warped chortles, giggles and squeals. It underwent a few major transformations but finally found a home in an old Commodore64 disk drive.
New Giggle Box
Old Giggle Box
This is the first version of the Giggle Box. It ended up being too cumbersome along with a host of other problems. Eventually I had to ditch it.