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Star Wars Music Minute

Apr 24, 2021

What do Brazil, Mario Kart Wii, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Cantina, and Canto Bight have in common? In this episode, we investigate a listener's question and practice moving from musical intuition to supported musical hypothesis.

Soundtrack: "Canto Bight"

Song Examples:

  • "Aquarela do Brasil" by Ary Barroso
  • "Canto...

Apr 16, 2021

We haven't heard steel pan drums in a Star War since "Cantina Band" in 1977! What vibe was John Williams going for here? Percussionist Tyler Hunt, the steel pan drummer from the soundtrack, is here to give us the scoop.

Discussion topics/Highlights:

  • The fascinating history of steel pan drums.
  • When Tyler got the...

Apr 10, 2021

We attempt to recreate the Rey and Kylo Force chat effect, play with wind generators, and break down Rey's meditation montage in this sound effects-infused episode! Electronic music specialist Justin Leo Kennedy is here to share his love of Ben Burtt, oscillators, BB-8, and more.


Themes heard in these minutes:

  • Luke...

Apr 3, 2021

In this set of minutes, Rose tases Finn for trying to desert the Resistance, they bond over shared knowledge, they bring Poe into the plan. Then, they call up Maz Kanata, who tells them to find the Master Codebreaker. Poe peers over Leia, says he's not gonna tell Holdo the plan, and finally, we cut to shots of Rey and...