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Star Wars Music Minute

May 13, 2022

Why does the music in the sabacc scene sound like a romantic comedy? What does a cortical homunculus have to do with Solo? How does The Lodge compare to the other watering holes of Star Wars? Tony Thaxton returns to the show to talk about all of this and more in minutes 56-60 of Solo: A Star Wars Story!

Discussion Guide:

  • 00:00 - Hello there!
  • 03:27 - Musical playfulness of a romantic comedy.
  • 10:36 - Do you remember watching Solo for the first time?
  • 18:07 - Music with room for interludes and flourishes.
  • 23:52 - Lapti Nek's many versions.
  • 27:28 - As a person that nerds out on score...
  • 34:40 - Argus “Six Eyes” Panox, tangent about biomechanics awareness, drawing details, homunculus, vivid filmmaking...
  • 45:15 - ...iPhone ringtone debate, thinking vs. feeling rhythms and notes, dance choreographers, Ringo Starr, making vs. theorizing music.
  • 57:36 - The "chomper" alien Crocin, who eats his cards.
  • 1:01:55 - Reading from the Solo novelization.
  • 1:10:14 - Tell me about Therm Scissorpunch, giant lobster.
  • 1:16:11 - What's your favorite Star Wars cantina/hangout spot? Jabba's Palace.
  • 1:26:23 - Questions for Tony.
  • 1:33:32 - SWMM Questionnaire

Things to Check Out:

Musical Themes:

  • 2. Rebel Fanfare
  • 7a. Enfys Nest 1

Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?:

  • "Sabacc Game (3M25)" or "Is This Seat Taken?"

Star Wars Music Minute Questionnaire:

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

  • Excitement. Celebration. Fun.

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

  • Ben Burtt and how all those sounds were made.

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

  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure (composed by Danny Elfman)

Guest: Tony Thaxton


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