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Star Wars Music Minute

Nov 8, 2021

There's no music for our first 90 seconds on Tatooine, forcing us to reckon with the cicadas, barren landscape, and Threepio's frozen joints. This is a deep dive into the music and sound of Star Wars: A New Hope, Minutes 11-15.

Let's see if timestamps work this time (if not, I'm sorry!):

  • (0:00:00) - Hello there.
  • (0:03:49) - Fonts and motifs
  • (0:09:03) - Ben Burtt on creating R2-D2's voice
  • (0:11:48) - "Worldizing," a sound design concept by Walter Murch
  • (0:15:41) - Cicadas
  • (0:23:00) - Silence on Tatooine and what that evokes
  • (0:33:20) - Stravinsky Rite of Spring comparison
  • (0:48:00) - Sound design of Artoo in the canyon
  • (0:55:16) - Jawaese
  • (1:15:19) - Cat bomb
  • (1:21:20) - Tuba forum tidbits
  • (1:22:09) - Tour of the sandcrawler droids.
  • (1:24:45) - GNK droid's music debut.
  • (1:27:22) - PSA: Gonk droids say more than just "Gonk"!!!!!!!!!!
  • (1:33:00) - Hidden writing
  • (1:39:18) - Star Wars Music Minute questionnaire

Musical Themes:

  • 7. Jawas
  • 7) Sandcrawler
  • 8) Scum and Villainy

Where we are in the soundtrack album:

  • Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler

Anything Else Mentioned:


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

  • California radio voiceovers

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

  • Ender would like to see the making of one musical cue from start to finish (similar to the documentary Star Wars Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III Documentary). This might include things like John Williams looking at a scene, writing sketches, passing it on to copyists, all the way to editors and sound team working on the final mix.

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

  • Knives Out (composed by Nathan Johnson)


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Star Wars Music Minute:



  • "Cantina Band" theme music written by John Williams, performed by Chrysanthe Tan
  • Frank Lehman created and maintains the Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars, a resource that we frequently reference on this show. Available as a PDF on his website:
  • Thank you to Star Wars Minute podcast for inspiring this show.