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Star Wars Music Minute


Jun 24, 2022

Discussion Guide:

  • 00:00 - Hello there!
  • 07:17 - Listening to the beginning of these minutes and comparing them to A New Hope.
  • 14:35 - Thirds, avoidance of chordal resolution
  • 17:08 - Does this chord progression sound inevitable? Deceptive cadences. Search: "chromatic mediants composition secrets."
  • 22:40 - How L3's theme is building tension.
  • 27:37 - John Powell glue, "Corellia Chase," adding momentum by raising the bottom note.
  • 31:05 - The parameters that composers can tweak to raise intensity: louder, faster, add instruments, make notes go higher, etc.
  • 33:17 - Approaching a local climax.
  • 39:02 - Octatonicity. Search: "octatonic scale composer secrets"
  • 43:42 - Good.
  • 52:23 - All of the thirds, Rebel Fanfare.
  • 54:43 - Lasting legacy of the TIE Fighter Attack motif/Here They Come. Propulsive, asymmetric rhythm. Search: "composer rhythm secrets."
  • 58:41 - Asteroid Field!
  • 1:12:03 - Han and Chewie's diatonic theme sticks out in contrast to the highly chromatic Asteroid Field.
  • 1:16:21 - Brief violin demonstration to show an example of idiomatic string writing.
  • 1:26:11 - Is the brass out of tune in the Main Theme?
  • 1:32:26 - Is the rhythm imitating Han's voice in this spot?
  • 1:37:42 - Nearing the end of the minutes, fast octatonic/chromatic string lines.
  • 1:41:33 - Chromatic mediants built into the octatonic scale.
  • 1:46:45 - Jeremy's final thoughts and memories of seeing Solo for the first time.
  • 1:52:16 - It takes two to tango, right?
  • 1:57:25 - SWMM Questionnaire

Things Referenced:

Musical Themes:

  • 14) Imperial Cruiser Pursuit
  • 29) Attacking A Star Destroyer
  • 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW)
  • 2. Rebel Fanfare
  • 8. L3-37
  • 8. TIE Fighter Attack
  • 6. Han & Chewie
  • 26) Asteroid Field Main Theme
  • 27) Asteroid Field Subsidiary Motif
  • 102) Whirling Octatonicism

Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?:

  • "Reminiscence Therapy"
  • "Kessel Run in Less Than 12 Parsecs (5M32-33A-B-C)"

STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE:

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

  • New answer: Big octatonic brass
  • Previous answer: Opera without words

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

  • New answer: The score for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Previous answer: Musical / orchestrational “filler” and sound effects/foley

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

  • New answer: Star Trek by Jerry Goldsmith, Wall-E by Thomas Newman
  • Previous answers: North by Northwest by Bernard Herrmann, Loki by Natalie Holt, Catch Me If You Can by John Williams

Guest: Jeremy Sawruk

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