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Star Wars Music Minute

Mar 21, 2022

We're getting into the Battle of Yavin today with Alex and Mollie Damon (Star Wars Explained)! We talk John Williams's frenetic score, wet and squishy X-wing sounds, comms chatter, and other soundscape details from Star Wars minutes 106-110. Don't worry -- Biggs is still alive in at this time.

Note: My mic has an intermittent crackly sound for the first 10 minutes. Sorry about that! Skip to about 10:50 if you want to avoid the robot voice.

Discussion Guide:

  • 00:00 - Disclaimer
  • 00:20 - Hello there!
  • 09:30 - Can Alex name all of the Red Squadron?
  • 10:50 - Skip to here if you don't want to hear my robot crackle voice.
  • 23:40 - Force theme, fanfare-style
  • 27:20 - Descending Heroic Tetrachords
  • 39:00 - The little Imperial motif in ANH that got overshadowed by the Imperial March in ESB
  • 41:00 - Wet X-wing blasters
  • 1:10:40 - SWMM Questionnaire


  • 5. Death Star
  • 3. Force
  • 18) Descending Heroic Tetrachords
  • 17) Heroic Determination
  • Note: I use the theme names and numbers established in Frank Lehman's Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars. You can download it free at his website:

Soundtrack: "The Battle Of Yavin (Launch From The Fourth Moon/X-Wings Draw Fire/Use The Force")


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

  • Mollie: Hope, bravery, curiosity.
  • Alex: bwaaap tscheww pew!

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

  • Mollie: The psychology behind how different chords of music make someone feel. How does sound evoke different emotions?
  • Alex: How Ben Burtt made the X-wing sounds.

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

  • Mollie: Lord of the Rings. (composed by Howard Shore). Also: Tarantino soundtracks, Moulin Rouge, and the new West Side Story.
  • Alex: Lord of the Rings (composed by Howard Shore)

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