Nov 22, 2021
IF YOU'RE NEW HERE: You're in the right place!
On this podcast, we nerd out on the music & sound of Star Wars
5 cinematic minutes at a time. This season, each episode
hyper-focuses on a single 5-minute chunk of A New Hope.
Doing so allows us to get really specific about the composition,
orchestration, motifs, underscore, ambience, sound design, mixing,
dialogue, and most importantly, explore how the sound works in
symbiosis with the film as a whole.
You don't need to listen to these episodes in order, so feel
free to jump around! This episode is also available on
YouTube in video format.
- 0:00:00 - Hello there.
- 0:02:31 - Layers of sound in Luke's garage.
- 0:06:59 - Luke's interactions with the droids and what that
indicates about his character.
- 0:12:20 - Threepio introduces himself to Luke. Does he make a
- 0:17:06 - Threepio sounds so self-deprecating.
- 0:18:00 - Zap! Bloop! Cello. "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi; you're my
- 0:19:18 - Hologram message looping but artfully mixed in and
- 0:20:30 - We discuss the "bigness"/drama of the cello entrance
(sound clip example). This is "The Princess Appears" on the
- 0:21:34 - Leia's theme (and the difficulty thereof).
- 0:25:36 - Context matters when it comes to evaluating the
impact/drama of musical cues.
- 0:27:54 - Parallel to Luke in his hut on Ahch-To in The Last
- 0:29:00 - Cat bomb.
- 0:29:46 - Orchestration of Leia's theme while the hologram
plays. Lots of beautiful space for the dialogue to lay on top.
Orchestration as "pre-mixing."
- 0:35:26 - Recitative (the sung-style of dialogue in
- 0:38:29 - Artoo is the smartest in the room.
- 0:39:09 - "Where'd she go? Bring her back! Play back the entire
- 0:40:41 - The quirkiness of old robots (like R2) running on the
same hardware and software. Aiden has a robot.
- 0:42:45 - Aiden talks about showing his robot Star Wars and how
the robot tries to mimic Artoo and the soundtrack...
- 0:47:57 - Moving on to the Lars kitchen, comparing the ambient
hums in the kitchen and garage.
- 0:55:00 - Our different relationships with scores/soundtracks,
consumption habits, etc.
- 1:01:11 - Threepio name drops Obi-Wan Kenobi and Captain
- 1:03:21 - Dialogue between Uncle Owen and Luke (while Aunt Beru
watches and gives looks).
- 1:06:55 - Luke's personality, adventure-seeking, quick buy-in
to the Force. Do gullible people take to the Force the most?
- 1:12:33 - Star Wars Minute podcast references.
- 1:15:54 - Shazam test.
- 1:17:18 - SWMM Questionnaire.
- 1:23:15 - Cat bomb.
- 4. Leia
- Note: For consistency, 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:
Where we are in the soundtrack album:
- "The Princess Appears"
- "Hologram/Binary Sunset"
- "Sector 12" by Marsfinder
- "Who Am I" by Marsfinder
- "Daft Fader (Original Mix)" by DJ Phully
- "Alot More" by Jett I Masstyr
- "Tron, Clu, & R2D2" by DJ Digital Josh
- "Luke Skywalker" by MISTER
STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE:
1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound
- Expansive. Dramatic. Romantic.
2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound
that you want to learn more about?
3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides
anything Star Wars?
- TRON (composed by Wendy Carlos)
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