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Star Wars Music Minute

Nov 28, 2022

This episode is about minutes 11-15 of The Empire Strikes Back with my guest Jake Jahiel -- a musicologist, Baroque music specialist, and 2022 Fellow of the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. Today, we're talking about the Spectralist-adjacent music of Hoth, the Force theme that sprang from the petri dish, Wagner's...

Nov 21, 2022

This episode is about minutes 6-10 of The Empire Strikes Back with composer-artist Christina Ward. The YouTube version of this episode is here: 


  • 00:00 - Hello there!
  • 02:15 - Listening to the beginning of these minutes.
  • 08:17 - Assessing the feelings behind Han and...

Nov 14, 2022

This episode is an introduction to the music of The Empire Strikes Back, with a special emphasis on minutes 1-5. Welcome to THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK SEASON of Star Wars Music Minute! 🎉 (No guest today; just Xanthe.)

Discussion Guide:

  • 00:00 - Hello there!
  • 01:06 - References & resources
  • 03:31 - Intro to THE EMPIRE...

Sep 23, 2022

Baraka May has recording vocals on over 500 films, TV shows, video games, commercials, and albums. Today, we're discussing her work on "Chicken In the Pot" in Solo: A Star Wars Story! 🐔 Baraka reflects on the recording process, talks about how she approached the Huttese dialect, and talks about how she and John...

Sep 9, 2022

Iain Farrington played piano and celeste for the Solo: A Star Wars Story soundtrack! In this episode, we listen to some of our favorite piano moments from the Solo soundtrack, and Iain talks about what it was like to record those cues. He also shares stories from the recording sessions and gives us insight into how he...