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Star Wars Music Minute

Jan 17, 2022


  • 0:00:00 - Hello there!
  • 0:03:22 - Listening to the opening clip
  • 0:07:25 - Interactions with non-humans (wookiee, droid)
  • 0:13:51 - Generic sci fi synth sounds vs. Star Wars
  • 0:16:05 - Dejarik sound design (it's Ben Burtt making noises)
  • 0:23:10 - Chewbacca love fest, how to interpret his language, subtitles vs no subtitles, Chewie sound design
  • 0:29:27 - Foreshadowing human vs. computer chess fascination
  • 0:35:45 - Artoo's dome rotation, underrated sound
  • 0:41:03 - Lack of music brings a gravitas to the scene
  • 0:51:35 - Analyzing Threepio's character
  • 1:03:03 - Han Solo as a useful foil, vocalizes the audience's skepticism
  • 1:12:16 - Listening to the Death Star conference room
  • 1:16:20 - Darth Vader is a human with machine qualities; droids are machines with human qualities.
  • 1:19:02 - The Empire is all about control, living in space, manufactured environments, ration bars, etc. Remember those dorm room designs from hell that made the news?
  • 1:24:20 - Hilarious asteroid sounds (are they corny?)
  • 1:33:37 - TIE fighter sound design
  • 1:39:02 - "That's no moon..." dum dum duuum
  • 1:46:01 - SWMM Questionnaire

Things Mentioned:

Soundtrack: "Inner City"


1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like?

  • Moe: Analog but magical
  • Gus: Beepbeep! (R2). Kshh-Paaa (Vader breathing). Grrrrrwwwwwrr! (Chewie)
  • Nani: James Earl Jones

2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about?

  • Moe: Max Rebo's Band
  • Gus: How all the sounds (especially from the original trilogy) were created.
  • Nani: The thought process, methods, and approaches to scoring new Star Wars media in the post-John Williams era.

3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars?

  • Moe: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (composed by Yugo Kanno)
  • Gus: Hook (composed by John Williams) and Fellowship of the Rings (composed by Howard Shore)
  • Nani: Atonement (composed Dario Marianelli)

Triad of the Force:

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