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Star Wars Music Minute

Dec 27, 2021

Kris AKA Star Wars Lawyer joins us in a discussion about the music and sound in the infamous cantina scene of Star Wars: A New Hope. This takes place during minutes 46-50 of the film.

This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vMV5GadqP5o

Discussion Guide:

  • 00:00 - Hello there!
  • 04:55 - How the upbeat music in the...


Dec 20, 2021

When Luke looks out at the Burning Homestead, we hear an overt reference to the first four notes of Dies Irae. What is the meaning of this musical meme? Where else does the Dies Irae show up in Star Wars? Alex Ludwig AKA "Dies Irae guru" joins us today to help us gain a deeper understanding of this foundational musical...


Dec 13, 2021

This episode is about music and sound heard in minutes 36-40 of Star Wars: A New Hope.

Obi-Wan finally hears Princess Leia's message, Luke isn't ready to go to Alderaan, and Vader finds Admiral Motti's lack of faith disturbing. Today, Elizabeth Lain joins me in a discussion about oboes, Death Star sound design, sonic...


Dec 6, 2021

Lightsaber Sound Design: an extreme deep dive in 4 levels.

NOTE: This episode contains a plethora of lightsaber sound effects that may be jarring for some listeners. You may want to have the volume controls handy. Furthermore, headphones or a quiet environment may be helpful for part 3 (starting at the 1-hour mark) if...


Nov 29, 2021

Discussion Guide:

  • 0:00:00 - Hello there.
  • 0:04:33 - Luke at the Lars kitchen table. Like father, like son.
  • 0:06:46 - Beginning of the "Binary Sunset" breakdown.
  • 0:09:00 - Frisson and which elements are in place to nearly "guarantee" the aesthetic shivers in Binary Sunset.
  • 0:15:28 - Unsustainability of sustained...