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Star Wars Music Minute

Jul 23, 2021

How many motifs can you spot during the Battle of the Crait? Hint: there are more than 10! Star Wars Explained (Alex) is here with me today to break down the music and action in Minutes 121-125 of The Last Jedi.

Discussion topics/Highlights:

  • Alex finally figures out the theme he's had stuck in his head.
  • Finn's musical fake-out. Music as a manipulator, extra narrator.
  • The scoring process for this film.
  • What goes into making a balanced sound mix. The music + dialogue + sound design can't compete for the same crowded frequency ranges.
  • How the Battle of Crait "rhymes" with the Battle of Hoth, Empire Strikes Back, and the bomber run from the beginning of The Last Jedi.
  • Set-piece themes, like the Asteroid Field, and their role in Star Wars.
  • Chat about the past, present, and future of the rebellion.
  • Brief round of Star Wars music trivia (in which Alex wins)

Motifs (in order of appearance). I've included the numbers/names in case you want to follow along in Frank Lehman's Complete Catalogue of Star Wars Themes.

  • 48a. March of the Resistance (A Section)
  • 55a. Rose (A Section)
  • 95) Resistance Deployed
  • 41a. Kylo Ren 1 (Aggressive)
  • 102) Whirling Octatonicism
  • 52a. Tension (Generic)
  • 2. Rebel Fanfare
  • 45a. Rey 1 (Theme)
  • 52b. Tension (Resistance in Trouble)
  • 96) Catastrophe
  • 8. TIE Fighter Attack
  • maybe 42. Kylo Ren 2 (Hesitant)

Where we are in the soundtrack: "Battle of Crait"


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