Jun 3, 2022
Composer Christina Ward joins Xanthe for a detailed listen and
analysis of minutes 71-75 of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which starts
with the crew landing on Kessel and ends with L3 liberating a
- 00:00 - Hello there!
- 05:39 - All roads lead back to the Empire.
- 11:15 - Where the music abruptly changes, Baroque vibes, Enigma
Variations, Britten, large interval leaps, unified instrument
- 22:02 - Qi'ra and the gang walk out to greet the Pykes. Music
leaves space for dialogue.
- 24:53 - Jaws-esque half steps.
- 27:49 - Sparkly Main Theme for chance cubes shot.
- 29:30 - Rooting (but not rooting) for Han and Qi'ra.
- 33:48 - Buildup before they break their disguises. Contrary
- 42:38 - The droid that steals the show!
- 47:35 - Composers conveying instructions to performers. How
would we notate this droid sound?
- 55:02 - Humor, Qi'ra, "murder complete."
- 1:00:35 - The beginning of "Mine Mission" is curious,
- 1:07:48 - Listeners with good droid ears, what do you think the
droid is saying?
- 1:08:40 - Liberation, liberation, liberation, liberation!
- 1:10:45 - Final thoughts about minutes 71-75 of Solo.
- 1:14:49 - SWMM Questionnaire
Things to Check Out:
- 5. The Gang
- 9. Fakery
- 1a. Main Theme (A Section)
- 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW)
- 8. L3-37
Where are we in the soundtrack?:
- "Oksana Floren, yadda yadda yadda (4M30A)" - pretty much the
- "Mine Mission" - first 40 seconds
- "Extra Deluxe Mine Mission (4M30B-5M30C-31)"
STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE:
1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like?
- Heartfelt. Direct. Dramatic.
2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you
want to learn more about?
- What are the thematic relationships that tie the dark side with
Imperialism, musically speaking? Similarly, what musical
relationships tie the light side with rebellion and goodness?
3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything
- Dune (music composed by Hans Zimmer, sound team led by Mark
Mangini and Theo Green)
Guest: Christina Ward
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