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Star Wars Music Minute

Feb 14, 2022

Steele Saunders is really, really stoked to talk about the trash compactor scene in minutes 81-85 of Star Wars! We cover the sound design, the unused dianoga cue, and of course, the accidental head bump.

Things Mentioned:


  • 6a. Imperials (Motif)
  • Note: I use the theme names and numbers established in Frank Lehman's Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars. You can download it free at his website:

Soundtrack stuff:

  • "The Walls Converge"
  • "The Trash Compactor"
  • "Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga"


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

  • The heroes win.

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

  • David W. Collins's experience doing sound editing for The Book of Boba Fett (and other current Star Wars media)

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

  • CB4 (1993 American comedy film directed by Tamra Davis, starring Chris Rock)
  • Jaws (composed by John Williams) - especially the main theme
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (composed by John Williams)

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