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TALKING BAY 94 is the only Star Wars podcast solely devoted to interviews with the cast, crew and creators from a galaxy far, far away. Join host Brandon Wainerdi (huge DVD special feature dork), for a weekly deep dive into some never-before-heard stories from the set and Skywalker Ranch. From background aliens to some of the biggest stars in the universe, TALKING BAY 94 will be trying to talk to them all, every Wednesday.
 
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Dan Golding is back, and ahhh OKAY, we need to talk about the fact that Luke's theme plays like a pop anthem when Han lays eyes on the Millennium Falcon (!!!) In this episode, we examine the musical devices that contribute to that epic reveal, discuss John Powell's internal logic, evaluate Powell's underscore, talk about nostalgia in the Star Wars …
 
Today's interview is with Derek Arnold, an incredible creature performer and puppeteer, who helped bring to life so many wonderful aliens in the recent Star Wars films. From Pao to the Thala Siren to the Luggabeast, the list goes on and on. As mentioned, here is me and Derek's first ever interview from 2018 (right before the podcast launched!): htt…
 
Episode 81: Kenobi final trailer Welcome to episode 81 of Radio Free Endor and this episode was also live streamed on YouTube, facebook and twitter, this week its May the 4Th be with you week of goodies from the Disney store and we review the final trailer of Kenobi and it’s a great episode, So join Jamie and Chris to see what we thought of it, enj…
 
Why does the music in the sabacc scene sound like a romantic comedy? What does a cortical homunculus have to do with Solo? How does The Lodge compare to the other watering holes of Star Wars? Tony Thaxton returns to the show to talk about all of this and more in minutes 56-60 of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 03:27 …
 
Mike Chen is an incredible author whose newest novel, Star Wars: Brotherhood is one of my favorite new canon books in recent memory. We dive into his career, his process, and his work on this incredibly important piece of the saga! Thank you so much again to Mr. Chen for taking the time and being so open with his thoughts and stories, as well as hi…
 
Triad of the Force (Gus, Nani, Moe) join Xanthe in a discussion about the music and sound in minutes 51-55 of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which starts with Han convincing Dryden to give them a chance and ends with Han challenging Lando to a game of sabacc. We talk about musical pivot points, toxic professors, dialogue mixing, peacocks, the cue that so…
 
Episode 80 : Kenobi Teaser Trailer Welcome to episode 80 of Radio Free Endor and this episode was also live streamed on youtube, facebook and twitter, this week we be taking a look at the news and our review of the teaser trailer for Kenobi. So join us to see what we thought of it, enjoy 00:47 Hellos and Welcome 06:00 Star Wars News 50:10 Kenobi Te…
 
Danny Wagner is a model maker, makeup artist and more for the prequel trilogy. From the Star Wars Special Editions to working on the podracers to working on George Lucas’ cameo in Revenge of the Sith, Mr. Wagner’s stories are truly mind-blowing. We will have a live panel at Star Wars Celebration, at 11AM on Friday 5/27! We’ll see you there, with a …
 
Minutes 46-50 of Solo: A Star Wars Story with James Hewlett from Live Action Star Wars! Today, we're talking about musical pivot points, the operatic nature of Solo, the romantic Han and Qi'ra theme, and some new stormtrooper karaoke headcanon. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 08:35 - Is the music for Han and Qi'ra too romantic and sentimenta…
 
An analysis of "Chicken in the Pot" with Ender Smith from AurekFonts. We cover lyrics and language, talk about pronunciation, notation, genre, string samples, harmony, tuning, and quite a bit more. Finally, we field listener submitted questions about "Chicken in the Pot" and discuss the rest of minutes 41-45 of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Discussion G…
 
Brian Muir is an incredibly talented sculptor, who worked for decades in the film industry, and especially on the original Star Wars, on Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Death Star droids and so much more. But that is not all: learn about his involvement in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, James Bond, and many many more projects, in this fascina…
 
Minutes 36-40 of Solo: A Star Wars Story with Klaudia Amenábar from RuPalp's Podrace! In addition to Powell's train heist scoring, we talk about the Dolby Atmos sound mix, stories from the production of Solo, and the purpose of Star Wars moviemaking in general. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 06:03 - The fridging of Val. 12:11 - Comparing So…
 
Xanthe dissects the End Credits of A New Hope, calls 1-800-PHONE-THX, reviews the thematic census, covers trending topics from the season, and answers some epic listener questions about the music of Star Wars. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 01:57 - The final five minutes of the film. 14:55 - Calling 1-800-PHONE-THX. 18:24 - Structure of the…
 
Today, I’m talking to Toby Longworth, an incredible actor and comedian, who voiced Lott Dodd and Gragra in The Phantom Menace. Mr. Longworth’s stories and charm are absolutely incredible, and this interview is one of my favorites ever. I hope you enjoy it. For more information about his work, as well as to download the audio books we discussed, hea…
 
Episode 79: In the name of Honor Welcome to episode 79 of Radio Free Endor and this episode was also live streamed on YouTube, facebook and twitter, this week we review the season final of the Book of Boba Fett chapter 7, so lets go and get into it 01:20 Hellos and Welcome 03:20 Star Wars News from around the interweb and a look at an American film…
 
Let's get into that "Train Heist" cue with Dr. Frank Lehman! In this episode, we discuss the sheer density of the Solo score, modulation as an effective tool to generate intensity (Frank counted 21 key changes in 5 minutes), Powell's dramatic usage of driving percussion, and the orchestration details that feel like "Williams's unique fingerprints b…
 
Martin Rezard has worked on many Star Wars movies, from Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith to all of the new Disney films, as a Creature Concept Sculptor. His work is incredible and instantly iconic, from Raddus to Beezer Fortuna to Emperor Palpatine, and I can’t wait for you to hear his stories. Mr. Rezard is such a talent and was so gracio…
 
Justin Scheid and James Waterman join Xanthe (Band Batch reunion!) in a discussion about A NEW HOPE minutes 116-120, during which Luke Skywalker blows up the Death Star, the Rebels have an awkwardly formal medal ceremony, and Artoo recovers from being zapped. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 07:19 - Listening to the start of these minutes. 09…
 
Ralph Apel from Live Action Star Wars joins me in a conversation about the music and sound in Solo minutes 26-30. We discuss flying/soaring music, the musical foreshadowing of Enfys Nest, Rio's voice mixing, and engage in some "educated speculation" about what the valachord might sound like (based on concept art). Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello th…
 
Today I'm talking to Lucy Autrey Wilson, who was the first permanent employee of Lucasfilm, and who then rose through ranks to eventually become the Director of Publishing. Every author I have interviewed has such incredible things to say about Mrs. Wilson, and it was a real joy to get to talk to her, ranging from Shadows of the Empire to The New J…
 
Samantha Tripp returns to the show to discuss part 2 of The Battle of Yavin (A New Hope minutes 111-115). Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 10:54 - A poignant fanfare. 18:43 - Star Wars metal music. 21:10 - Mic'ing and editing orchestras. 31:39 - Concert rituals. 37:08 - Pet peeve with lightsaber bows. 45:38 - Awkward flute writing. 52:53 - Jo…
 
Camila (BoricuaWookiee) is back on the show to discuss minutes 21-25 of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Today, we're talking about inter-species communication, the hierarchy of sentience, and sound design as an unreliable narrator. Toward the end, we touch upon the psychology of flying, the different flavors of flying music in film, and of course, that go…
 
Frank Ordaz was a matte painter for Return of the Jedi, as well as for movies like Temple of Doom, E.T. Star Treks II-IV and many more. An incredibly talented painter, Mr. Ordaz is such a fascinating conversationalist and brings to life a lot of the behind the scenes stories from the making of Return of the Jedi and beyond. I really had such a blas…
 
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 …
 
Darth Choco returns to the show! This time, we're talking about the music and sound in minutes 16-20 of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which starts with Han meeting Beckett and ends with Han getting thrown into a cell with a hungry beast... Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 1:11:58 - Choco's favorite part of the movie. 1:14:25 - SWMM Questionnaire T…
 
Today I’m talking to John Whitman, the writer responsible for the famed Galaxy of Fear book series, and so many more pieces of Star Wars history. From radio dramas to Krav Maga, as well as some long-rumored projects, Mr. Whitman has some incredible stories and incredible talent, behind one of the most formative books series for me growing up. Liste…
 
Guest: Alex Cunningham In minutes 101-105 of A New hope, our rebel friends attend a briefing, rev up their engines backstage, and get ready for showtime on the Death Star. Today's guest is Alex Cunningham, who raises interesting questions about the diegesis of Obi-Wan's voice, the timing of the PA voices, and General Dodonna's accent. Discussion Gu…
 
What happens to the narrative when an iconic theme like the "Imperial March" becomes diegetic? What does that do to the audience? Samantha Tripp is here to help us explore this fascinating topic today. We discuss Solo, Rebels, the British Empire, the efficacy of propaganda music, and other bits and pieces from minutes 11-15 of Solo: A Star Wars Sto…
 
A NEW HOPE minutes 96-100 take us from the TIE fighter attack to the Rebel base on Yavin. Composer and music/sound editor Nick Norton joins Xanthe for a discussion about jungle soundscapes, downtime in the cockpit, and the 5 categories of sound in film. Discussion points: 00:00 - Hello there! 16:27 - Vertical harmony 20:00 - TIE fighter music talk-…
 
Kyle Katarn and Xanthe discuss minutes 6-10 of Solo: A Star Wars Story. In this excerpt of the film, Han and Qi'ra escape from Lady Proxima's lair, get chased at high speeds through Corellia, and end up at the Spaceport. We discuss Han Solo's themes, the visual language of Star Wars, and why John Williams is the "emotional taskmaster of the movies.…
 
Steve Yedlin is an absolutely incredible cinematographer, who has worked on films like Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper, Knives Out and, of course, Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. From early days at USC and working on student films with Rian, to creating masterpieces of picture ... we cover so much of Mr. Yedlin's incredible career, including …
 
A NEW HOPE Minutes 91-95 Guests: Father David and Trevor Mowry Ben Kenobi becomes one with the Force, our heroes escape on the Falcon, Leia consoles a heartbroken Luke, and we begin the TIE fighter attack. In this episode, we talk about the use of Princess Leia's theme during Obi-Wan's death, differences between European/British and American oboe p…
 
This episode is an introduction to the music of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, composed by John Powell and John Williams, with special focus on minutes 1-5 of the film. We discuss the scoring process, division of labor between the composers, and listen to a few of the initial leitmotifs. THEMES: 3. Secrets 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 2a. Young H…
 
Guest: Dan Golding Composer, writer, and Art of the Score podcast co-host Dan Golding joins me in a breakdown of the music in Star Wars: A New Hope minutes 86-90. While Luke and Leia swing across the chasm crossfire (after a kiss "for luck"), John Williams's swashbuckling, unabashedly heroic rendition of Luke Skywalker's theme plays -- B section in…
 
Episode 78: The Double Episode Welcome to episode 78 of Radio Free Endor and this episode was also live streamed on YouTube, facebook and twitter, this week we review chapter 5 and 6 of the Book of Boba Fett, and we also have our vary special guest Jason W.Christman nip in for a chat and his view so far of this season, So join us to see what we tho…
 
Steele Saunders is really, really stoked to talk about the trash compactor scene in minutes 81-85 of Star Wars! We cover the sound design, the unused dianoga cue, and of course, the accidental head bump. Things Mentioned: It's true, there was originally no noise for the stormtrooper hitting his head. Designing the Sound of The Bad Batch - David W. …
 
A discussion about the music and sound in minutes 76-80 of #StarWars Episode IV: A New Hope, which starts with the rescue of Princess Leia and ends with jumping into the garbage chute. Today's guest is composer & music technologist Jeremy Sawruk. We discuss #JohnWilliams' detailed underscore, which features chromatic mediants, motion in thirds, har…
 
Riley Silverman joins me to discuss the music and sound of minutes 71-75 of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This chunk of the film starts with Ben Kenobi telling Luke "The Force will be with you always" and ends with Luke, Han, and Chewie about to find Princess Leia. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 01:33 - Uniformity of the Imperial base v…
 
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