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Star Wars Music Minute

Aug 6, 2022

Maul's entire sound situation in minutes 116-120 of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY is absolute wildness. James Waterman and Justin Scheid (from The Band Batch) are here with Xanthe to discuss!

Discussion Guide:

  • 00:00 - Hello there!
  • 01:31 - Our extremely cute matching outfits.
  • 08:04 - Analog sword fighting.
  • 11:00 - Space pirate polyrhythms + a tangent about notating polyrhythms.
  • 20:26 - Cool accents on beat 2 during the heroic end of the fight.
  • 24:04 - Is Han's theme almost "the lick?"
  • 26:09 - Powell's blend of classic + modern elements, cinematic toms, electronic drums
  • 32:59 - Clap for James's joke.
  • 35:04 - Beginning of Qi'ra and Han's romantic (?) scene.
  • 37:39 - How do Justin and James feel about the "Secrets" theme.
  • 43:56 - Han & Qi'ra's wistful piano theme = a unique moment for a Star Wars score.
  • 53:08 - Giant interval leaps associated with yearning, longing, romance.
  • 58:40 - The weirdest line: "Smile."
  • 1:01:54 - Qi'ra's motivations.
  • 1:08:44 - Darth Maul.
  • 1:16:00 - Time warp.
  • 1:26:30 - Maul's position in the sound mix, microphone technique, speakers, and why does he sound like that? 😩
  • 1:53:23 - Duel of the Fates.
  • 2:03:58 - The original key of Duel of the Fates is maintained here. Does that matter?
  • 2:25:35 - Beckett and Han scene begins. Difference between soundtrack version and film version of score.
  • 2:46:15 - Rundown of musical stats (should the Rebel Fanfare count or no?) with a brief introduction to what Frank Lehman calls "associative progressions."
  • 2:50:42 - Answering listener questions (from Alex C.) about our own experiences composing for film.
  • 3:05:59 - Will there always be a place for "conventional" and/or orchestral film scores?
  • 3:20:35 - SWMM Questionnaire

Things Referenced:

Musical Themes:

  • 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW)
  • 2. Rebel Fanfare
  • 4. Han & Q'ira
  • 3. Secrets
  • 6a. Imperials (Motif) - maybe?
  • 26b. Duel of the Fates (Chant)
  • 26a. Duel of the Fates (Theme)
  • 5. The Gang

Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?:

  • "Dryden's Long, Long Fight (6M41-42)"
  • "Testing Allegiance"
  • "Maul's Call / Parting Ways (7M43-44-45)"


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

  • Justin: (Previous answer: pew pew pew)
  • James: Bum bum bum (Previous answer: The Band Batch)

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

  • Justin: How all the foley is done. (Same answer as previous)
  • James: What the sound on set is like. (Previous answer: What is John Williams's writing process like?)

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

  • Justin: Stranger Things by Kyle Dixon/Michael Stein and War of the Worlds by John Williams. (Previous answer: The Village by James Newton Howard)
  • James: Untitled by David Lang (Previous answer: Hereditary by Colin Stetson)


Guests: Justin Scheid and James Waterman from The Band Batch.

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