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Star Wars Music Minute

May 28, 2021

Yoda comes bearing delicious Neapolitan and Lydian gifts! Joining me today is Star Wars Minute host Alex Robinson. We explore the harmony in this infamous scene, compare it to themes from other franchises, talk about digital technology's impact on film scoring, and discuss the artistic process.


May 22, 2021


  • The music in Rey's cave scene in The Last Jedi vs. Luke's cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back
  • Similarities include (demonstrations in the episode): atonality, tone clusters, tritones, swells, tremolos, glissandi, free time, instrumentation
  • Differences include: presence of thematic material, tremolo...

May 15, 2021

Uh oh, is that a "Dies Irae"? In minutes 71-75 of The Last Jedi, Luke makes an incipient Force connection, Rey faces her infinite reflection, and Kylo Ren definitely does not put a cowl on. Joining me today is my favorite playwright-professor, Takeo Rivera, here to suffuse my musical observations with his literary...

May 8, 2021

Discussion topics/Highlights:

  • Glissando demonstration (like when Rose opens her ring)
  • The bountiful lineage of horse riding music
  • The musical DNA of Russian Romantic composers
  • What "chromatic" means in music (chromaticism, chromatic line, etc)
  • Sorry in advance, there's a rough sports analogy
  • Burkey's homework...

May 1, 2021

How can music and sound assist the transitions in a film? In this episode, we take 10 cuts/transitions from The Last Jedi and examine what's happening musically. Spoiler: There are lots of timpani rolls!

Main Points:

  • Terms Explained: mix, transition, crescendo, riser, volume axis vs. pitch axis, timpani,...