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Star Wars Music Minute

Feb 8, 2021

Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick (cellist on The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker) joins Chrysanthe in covering minutes 1-5 of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi.

Film action: Lucasfilm logo, opening crawl, Hux being tooled with, and Poe starting to attack the Dreadnought.

Discussion topics:

  • Erika busts some John Williams myths.
  • John Williams' conducting style.
  • What recording sessions were like (secrecy, VIPs, funny moments, how they differed from other scoring sessions).
  • Why the opening crawl Main Titles sound different across eras (from tuning to mixing and more).
  • Cello demonstration of the Main Title and a breakdown of the rhythm.
  • The resonance of certain keys for string instruments.
  • How the motion picture lines up with the soundtrack.