Jun 18, 2021
Not to be musical conspiracists, but why do we hear the
Emperor's theme when Rey is with Snoke? Musician/sound designer
Justin Scheid joins me to discuss this pressing matter. We break
down the music in that visceral scene, talk about the sound design
of Force telekinesis, and follow some crusty Palpatine breadcrumbs.
Music works in mysterious ways, some of them more practical than
- fortepiano: a sudden dynamic change in which the music
is played loudly (forte), then immediately softly
- _mute_: something you put in or on an instrument to suppress
part of the sound. Can also be used as a verb or adjective. (ex.
- How the "Main Title" theme morphed from being associated just
with Luke to being more of a general hero theme.
- When Leia appears from the mist/fog, is that a callback to A
New Hope? More importantly, is the amount of smoke/fog/mist that
pours in during someone's grand entrance proportional to how evil
- Awesome sound design of Force telekinesis (push, pull, lift,
- Daisy Ridley's impeccable scream.
- Snoke's theme is not exactly a head banger.
- Sith themes tend to be low, slow, and use human voice (whether
singing or whispering)
- Musical conspiracies.
- Analysis/interpretation of the Snoke/Rey moment. Screechy,
dissonant violin notes add visceral tension to the low-pitched
Emperor's theme when Rey is being lifted.
- Is the Emperor's theme appearance a coincidence, or did John
Williams know something we didn't? It could have been added in
post-production (not by Williams). It could have been a leftover
from the temp track (not Williams). Nevertheless, the Emperor's
legacy fits in here regardless of the future bloodline
- John Williams's sometimes surprising sense of rhythm and
Themes Referenced (in order of appearance):
Tension (Generic), Main Title, Force, Desperation, Emperor
Where we are in the soundtrack: Part of "A New
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