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.
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- 00:00 - Hello there!
- 04:55 - How the upbeat music in the cantina goes against some
- 05:39 - The upbeat swing music was George Lucas's idea.
- 09:38 - Benny Goodman's influence ("king of swing")
- 13:21 - Comparison of "Cantina Band" (A New Hope) and "Canto
Bight" (The Last Jedi)
- 19:06 - Cantina Band soundtrack recording versus what we hear
in the film.
- 21:09 - Worldizing (sound technique)
- 24:33 - How realistic is this scene in terms of portraying
musicians and live music?
- 28:14 - First time we get to see a lightsaber being used in
- 32:59 - Weird cut in the music
- 37:55 - Han Solo being a blowhard. What makes him sound so
- 43:42 - Greedo's voice
- 43:48 - All the random sounds we hear in the cantina.
- 53:57 - Band shoutout! Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes play
kloo horn, fanfar, ommni box, bandfill, and Dorenian
- 1:00:45 - Actual instruments for the recording were 2
saxophones, trumpet, clarinet, Rhodes piano, steel pan drums, drum
kit, percussion, and an ARP synthesizer
- 1:01:30 - The difficulty of syncing movements and music
onscreen in the diegetic context.
- 1:05:02 - Ben Burtt's creation of alien voices/languages.
- 1:07:09 - Background babble of voices = the editors on
- 1:08:43 - Kris's personal favorite sound effects and music in
- 1:12:14 - What is Finn's theme?...
- 1:21:00 - SWMM Questionnaire
- 1:23:58 - Theme list, soundtrack list, Shazam test
- 1:25:09 - Where to find Kris (Star Wars Lawyer)
- No "themes" other than the diegetic songs.
- In universe, "Cantina Band" is called "Mad About Me" and
"Cantina Band 2" is called "If I Only Could Let Go and Cry"
Soundtrack: "Cantina Band," "Cantina Band
MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE:
1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound
2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound
that you want to learn more about?
- A deeper dive into the Star Wars themes (motifs, etc)
3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides
anything Star Wars?
- Interstellar (composed by Hans Zimmer)
- Tron: Legacy (composed by Daft Punk)
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (composed by Michael
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