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Long live the Supreme Leader! After Snoke's dramatic (and loud) fall, Hux tempts fate, Kylo indulges in a Force choke, and the Resistance starts setting up on Crait. Chris Radtke is here with me to discuss Adam Driver's vocal gravitas, the space Bugs Bunny (Poe), and how the sound design of Crait's atmosphere reflects the desolation of the former R…
 
You won't find it on the commercial soundtrack, but the music leading up to Holdo's sacrifice represents the culmination of profound thematic transformation rarely heard in all of Star Wars. Highlights: How the Desperation motif spawned from the Tension motif (after various iterations). Desperation motif is heard in its final form as the three subp…
 
The Praetorian Guards aren't messing around, and neither is John Williams! Joining me today is Kyle Katarn. Together, we attempt to break down the sensational combat scoring, sound design, and awkward aftermath in minutes 106-110 of The Last Jedi. Discussion topics/Highlights: The music feels suspended in air before the first lightsaber clash. John…
 
DJ's a snake, Snoke is sliced, and stormtroopers march to the beat of the spacecraft motif. Best of all, Pete the Retailer from Star Wars Minute is here with me to discuss the sounds in minutes 101-105 of The Last Jedi. Discussion topics/Highlights: The stormtroopers' diegetic footsteps. Force theme vs. Resistance March vs. Droid Invasion/Trade Fed…
 
Not to be musical conspiracists, but why do we hear the Emperor's theme when Rey is with Snoke? Musician/sound designer Justin Scheid joins me to discuss this pressing matter. We break down the music in that visceral scene, talk about the sound design of Force telekinesis, and follow some crusty Palpatine breadcrumbs. Music works in mysterious ways…
 
Beethoven once called the trombone the "voice of God," but how does this low brass instrument factor into the music of The Last Jedi? From stings to stabs, pads, and more, trombonist Adam Liebreich-Johnsen explains various trombone textures and talks about the role of low brass in Star Wars scores. This set of Last Jedi minutes happens to have one …
 
Who knew the sound of fueling transports could be so satisfying? Blythe Kala joins me in a lively discussion about minutes 86-90 of The Last Jedi, featuring comedic droid beats, untranslated Wookiee words, and Rey meeting Kylo face-to-face for the first in the whole film. We also talk Rey vs. Kylo vs. Anakin's character motivations, film production…
 
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. Discussion topics/Highlights: The Force theme with a N…
 
Topics: 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 vs. measured tremolo, sound design, spar…
 
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 insights! We talk magical realism,…
 
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 assignment The neat little reference to…
 
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, sustained, music bed, single note vs. chord …
 
What do Brazil, Mario Kart Wii, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Cantina, and Canto Bight have in common? In this episode, we investigate a listener's question and practice moving from musical intuition to supported musical hypothesis. Soundtrack: "Canto Bight" Song Examples: "Aquarela do Brasil" by Ary Barroso "Canto Bight" by John Williams "Cantina …
 
We haven't heard steel pan drums in a Star War since "Cantina Band" in 1977! What vibe was John Williams going for here? Percussionist Tyler Hunt, the steel pan drummer from the soundtrack, is here to give us the scoop. Discussion topics/Highlights: The fascinating history of steel pan drums. When Tyler got the call... How steel pan drums fit into …
 
We attempt to recreate the Rey and Kylo Force chat effect, play with wind generators, and break down Rey's meditation montage in this sound effects-infused episode! Electronic music specialist Justin Leo Kennedy is here to share his love of Ben Burtt, oscillators, BB-8, and more. Themes heard in these minutes: Luke in Exile (Sarabande) Ahch-To Arpe…
 
In this set of minutes, Rose tases Finn for trying to desert the Resistance, they bond over shared knowledge, they bring Poe into the plan. Then, they call up Maz Kanata, who tells them to find the Master Codebreaker. Poe peers over Leia, says he's not gonna tell Holdo the plan, and finally, we cut to shots of Rey and Kylo in their respective locat…
 
Theme-spotting: (Altered) Force theme, Rose's theme. Soundtrack: "Fun with Finn and Rose" Discussion topics: Voicing Luke Skywalker for the first Battlefront video game: the process and challenges. How voice acting works in a film, how voice acting differs from physical acting, and what the ADR (Additional Dialogue Replacement) process is like. And…
 
Theme-spotting: Leia theme, Force theme, Rey theme. Soundtrack: end of track 4. "The Supremacy" and beginning of track 6. "Old Friends" Discussion topics: A breakdown of the music and sound in that Leia scene. Using music theory vs intuition. Orchestration vs. arranging for a rock band. A much-needed refresher on the three (!) different Leia themes…
 
Today, we are covering the music and sound of minutes 26-30 of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi! We get a final look of Luke, Leia sits by the window while exiting hyperspace, Leia slaps and demotes Poe, Admiral Ackbar calls a proximity alert, Snoke's ship tracks the Raddus, Poe gets permission to blow stuff up, Kylo Ren looks angry but confli…
 
Luke has new theme music, and it's epic! A deep dive into the music heard in minutes 21-25 of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Action: Rey follows Luke around while he does his thing on Ahch-To Island. We see him squirting green milk into his bottle and his mouth straight from the source. He pole vaults across cliffs, spears a very big fish, …
 
Master Skywalker throws his lightsaber out the door, porgs jump all over it, Chewbacca breaks into Luke's hut, we see Jedi tchotchkes, and Snoke says mean things to Kylo Ren, who ultimately smashes his ridiculous mask into a smoldering heap. Joining me today is fellow nerd Ralph Apel from Casino Skunk! Episode highlights: How porg sounds were made …
 
There's a lot happening in minutes 11-15 of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi! Luckily, percussionist James Waterman is here to help me tackle it. In this portion of the film, we witness Paige's sacrifice, Leia's Force sigh, Snoke's gravely voice, Finn's leaky bacta suit, and Rey handing the venerable Jedi master his old lightsaber. Episode highli…
 
In this episode, we cover four prominent musical themes in minutes 6-10 of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, including one that didn't make it to the commercial soundtrack. Otherwise, the music in this scene basically follows with the "Main Title and Escape" track on the album. All of these themes will show up again later in The Last Jedi, and mo…
 
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick (cellist on The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker) joins Chrysanthe in covering minutes 1-5 of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. Film action: Lucasfilm logo, opening crawl, Hux being tooled with, and Poe starting to attack the Dreadnought. Discussion topics: Erika busts some John Williams myths. John W…
 
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