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Star Wars Music Minute

Jun 10, 2022

L3 starts a revolution, Han moves coaxium containers, and the (perky, contrapuntal) music is the Force that binds us all together. Also worth considering: Is L3 a big ol' boom box? Newly minted Star Wars writer Riley Silverman is back on the show to discuss Solo Minutes 76-80 of Solo!

Discussion Guide:

  • 00:00 - Hello there!
  • 04:45 - Riley's theory of droids in Star Wars
  • 11:06 - Didactic & diegetic
  • 14:35 - "Mine Mission" counterpoint
  • 29:33 - Oasis of friendship, then back to the mission
  • 36:36 - How music scales with size and scope.
  • 45:50 - Tense action cue while Han moves the canisters.
  • 48:11 - Coaxium music - dangerous, delicate, destiny?
  • 56:21 - Solo interconnectivity, Solo criticism, Kathleen Kennedy, misguided Alden Ehrenreich blame.
  • 1:03:58 - I love old characters.
  • 1:14:42 - Screw the mine mission! My buddy's back!
  • 1:19:47 - L3 is focused on her revolutionary ideals, but her revolution begins as an afterthought.
  • 1:22:37 - Listener question: Do droids listen to music?
  • 1:27:25 - Are droids capable of music composition? Playing instruments? Tangent about AI, art, and creativity.
  • 1:39:52 - SWMM Questionnaire

Things Mentioned:


  • 8. L3-37
  • 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW)
  • 5. The Gang
  • 6. Han & Chewie
  • Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman):

Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?:

  • "Mine Mission"
  • "Break Out"
  • "Extra Deluxe Mine Mission (4M30B-5M30C-31)"



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

  • New answer: Epic space magic.
  • Previous answer: Epic space magic.

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

  • New answer: How many different screams are there? (like the Wilhelm scream)
  • Previous answer: How do people go about designing music for a scene or character in the first place? Writers start with a blank page and somehow use words to convey scenes; what is the musical/sound version of that process like?

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

  • New answer: Gentlemen Jack (composed by Murray Gold), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (composed by Danny Elfman)
  • Previous answer: Doctor Who, which has gone through dozens of composers over the decades. The original theme was composed by Ron Grainer and realized by Delia Derbyshire. Murray Gold was the composer from 2005 to 2017.


Guest: Riley Silverman


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