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Star Wars Music Minute

Mar 12, 2021

Today, we are covering the music and sound of minutes 26-30 of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi! We get a final look of Luke, Leia sits by the window while exiting hyperspace, Leia slaps and demotes Poe, Admiral Ackbar calls a proximity alert, Snoke's ship tracks the Raddus, Poe gets permission to blow stuff up, Kylo Ren looks angry but conflicted, and the hangar blows up. Guest: Liz Whitaker from Mean Girls Minute.

Theme-spotting: Force theme, Kylo Ren theme, Leia theme, Resistance March, Tension. 

Soundtrack: "4. The Supremacy"

Discussion topics:

  • "Force Theme vs Binary Sunset vs Obi Wan" 
  • Liz's method of writing music to herself is "BUM bum bum bum bum"
  • Suspension chords and the effect they can have on a scene.
  • Water bottle rattle symbolism.
  • Xanthe feels some "Pavane for a Dead Princess" (Maurice Ravel) vibes.
  • What hyperspace sounds like and how we would recreate hyperspace at home.
  • Rundown of sound design highlights.
  • Futuristic beeps and blips. So underrated yet so precise. 
  • How 90's pop divas unknowingly trained our ears to recognize emphatic key changes.
  • The sputtering and corkscrewing sounds of Kylo's ship.
  • An interesting happens in Kylo's theme...
  • Our lay breakdown of the explosion sound moment. 
  • How sound design sparks curiosity. Incongruity and unexpected sound design choices subconsciously challenge our assumptions about the physical space of a given world. (ex. The sound BB-8 makes when bouncing around).
  • Two different interpretations of what Leia's Theme could mean.

Consistency note: While leitmotif names are completely up to interpretation, I'm using the names that Frank Lehman uses in his Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars. I find this resource to be the most careful, objective, well-organized, and up-to-date guide of its kind.  

Liz Whitaker is on Twitter @MeanGirlsMinute. Also Instagram @meangirlsminute.

Star Wars Music Minute is on Instagram @starwarsmusicminute, and Chrysanthe is on Twitter @chrysanthetan and Instagram at @chrysanthetan. Chrysanthe's Patreon is

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