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Explore the untold histories behind the images, patterns, and designs we take for granted. Each week we’ll bring you a different story about a curiosity from the creative world - interviewing experts and creatives as we dive into the unusual origins of everything from Comic Sans to the polka dot. Curious Minds is an original podcast by Domestika dedicated to sharing and celebrating creativity in all its forms. To find blogs and images for each episode, go to domestika.org/podcasts. And to fi ...
 
Roma und Sinti – die wahren Europäer*innen! Für den Podcast „Romatopia – Roma talk about their Utopia for Europe“ treffen wir interessante Menschen (Künstler*innen, Musiker*innen, Akademiker*innen, Aktivist*innen) aus ganz Europa. Sind Roma nicht – ganz im Gegenteil zu gängigen Vorurteilen – Vorbilder in Sachen Solidarität, kultureller Reichtum, transnationale Einheit trotz nationaler Besonderheiten – also ideale „role models“ für die „Idee Europa“? Wir sind gespannt auf die Utopien unserer ...
 
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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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
Memoirs add a tidy narrative arc to the messiness of life, but can you fully trust the truthfulness of the stories you find in their pages? We hear from New York Times bestselling author Meredith Hall about what it means to tell your story and from writer and journalist Gavanndra Hodge about how writing about your past can change it. Author and gho…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Color is everywhere, and it probably plays a bigger role in your life than you might realize. We speak with “The Color Bible” author Laura Perryman to learn how trends are born and how our brains react to color. Visual artist Niki Usagi and art director and photographer Michelle Norris reveal how color can communicate everything from the universal …
 
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…
 
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…
 
Photo editing is happening everywhere, all the time, whether you like it or not. But should there be any limits to it? Photographer and natural retoucher Zoe Noble talks about revealing a deeper truth through retouching, and senior lecturer Adam Wiseman explains how we’ve been manipulating images for longer than you think. Picsart executive creativ…
 
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…
 
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…
 
They tell us where to pee, where to go, and where to throw away our trash - pictograms are symbols that shape not just how we move through the world but also how we think about it. Design equity advocate Nick Ross reveals the power they have to change society, and designer Yang Liu and professor of visual communication Ashley Jane Booth explain how…
 
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.…
 
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…
 
In less than 100 years polymer clay has totally reinvented the possibilities of craft. A plastic based clay anyone can sculpt and bake at home, it’s captivated everyone from rocket scientists to casual crafters. We speak to polymer clay educator Ginger Davis Allman and polymer artists Zoe Rain, Gail Tan, and Bonnie Bishoff about the secret to succe…
 
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…
 
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. …
 
Can you ruin your trip by taking too many photos? Travel photographers Bob Krist and Alina Rudya discuss how travel photography has changed the way we travel and see the world, as well as the industry’s darkside. We explore why you keep seeing the same images again and again with NYU marketing professor Alixa Barash, and discover how breaking from …
 
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…
 
Is it shallow to judge a book by its cover? There are lots of good reasons - and not all of them have to do with looks. We speak with legendary Jurassic Park cover designer Chip Kidd about fitting an entire story into a single image, “Caustic Cover Critic” James Morrison about creating art that sells, and hear about the importance of reading and te…
 
The Falcon gets pulled in by the tractor beam, our heroes don disguises, and Obi-Wan tells Luke that his destiny lies along a different path. Brandon Wainerdi from Talking Bay 94 joins me to discuss the soundscapes of Star Wars minutes 66-70. Things Mentioned: Star Wars Music Minute ANH 11 (Minutes 51-55): Tuba the Hutt - https://youtu.be/MdsDJ6t0a…
 
Highlights: 0:00:00 - Hello there! 0:03:22 - Listening to the opening clip 0:07:25 - Interactions with non-humans (wookiee, droid) 0:13:51 - Generic sci fi synth sounds vs. Star Wars 0:16:05 - Dejarik sound design (it's Ben Burtt making noises) 0:23:10 - Chewbacca love fest, how to interpret his language, subtitles vs no subtitles, Chewie sound des…
 
Could doodling be the key to unlocking your creativity? Despite the stigma, we’ve all made an absent minded squiggle before, and with good reason says Sunni Brown, author of “The Doodle Revolution”. Professional illustrator Mattias Adolfsson and mind mapper Saher Kahn weigh in on how this innate creative impulse, and all the benefits it brings, pro…
 
This chunk of A NEW HOPE begins with the Millennium Falcon blasting off at lightspeed and ends with Obi-Wan sensing the destruction of Alderaan. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 01:30 - Peter Cushing in Star Wars is like Michael Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol. Malicious trills 05:09 - Garindan's voice is John Wayne sped up 07:45 - Bumbli…
 
Forget about Han and Greedo for a second. The Special Edition release of A New Hope also brought us Jabba the Hutt and his virtuosic tuba theme (which originally debuted in Return of the Jedi). Trombonist in the Disneyland Band Justin Mitnik joins me today in a discussion about minutes 51-55 of Star Wars. We talk about the cantina songs, villains, …
 
Kris AKA Star Wars Lawyer joins us in a discussion about the music and sound in the infamous cantina scene of Star Wars: A New Hope. This takes place during minutes 46-50 of the film. This episode is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vMV5GadqP5o Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 04:55 - How the upbeat music in the cantina goes against some exp…
 
When Luke looks out at the Burning Homestead, we hear an overt reference to the first four notes of Dies Irae. What is the meaning of this musical meme? Where else does the Dies Irae show up in Star Wars? Alex Ludwig AKA "Dies Irae guru" joins us today to help us gain a deeper understanding of this foundational musical trope. Discussion: 00:00 - He…
 
This episode is about music and sound heard in minutes 36-40 of Star Wars: A New Hope. Obi-Wan finally hears Princess Leia's message, Luke isn't ready to go to Alderaan, and Vader finds Admiral Motti's lack of faith disturbing. Today, Elizabeth Lain joins me in a discussion about oboes, Death Star sound design, sonic screen wipes, and more! Highlig…
 
Lightsaber Sound Design: an extreme deep dive in 4 levels. NOTE: This episode contains a plethora of lightsaber sound effects that may be jarring for some listeners. You may want to have the volume controls handy. Furthermore, headphones or a quiet environment may be helpful for part 3 (starting at the 1-hour mark) if you want to hear the details i…
 
Discussion Guide: 0:00:00 - Hello there. 0:04:33 - Luke at the Lars kitchen table. Like father, like son. 0:06:46 - Beginning of the "Binary Sunset" breakdown. 0:09:00 - Frisson and which elements are in place to nearly "guarantee" the aesthetic shivers in Binary Sunset. 0:15:28 - Unsustainability of sustained notes. 0:18:54 - Tactile quality of th…
 
IF YOU'RE NEW HERE: You're in the right place! On this podcast, we nerd out on the music & sound of Star Wars 5 cinematic minutes at a time. This season, each episode hyper-focuses on a single 5-minute chunk of A New Hope. Doing so allows us to get really specific about the composition, orchestration, motifs, underscore, ambience, sound design, mix…
 
One of the first vehicles we see in the Star Wars universe: the Landspeeder has become iconic. Let's explore how to recreate our own using some unexpected methods. What does a highway sound like through a vacuum cleaner pipe? Patreon.com/PodcastImmersed Check out my other shows! Books Immersed: https://tinyurl.com/2398w8cj Middle-Earth: Sound Desig…
 
Guest: Mat from Blue Bantha Milk Co. Discussion Guide: 0:00:00 - Hello there 0:02:11 - Remembering dialogue through phonetics and pitch 0:10:22 - Sound design of the Sandcrawler 0:17:11 - Stormtroopers, Imperials Motif, dewbacks, special edition changes 0:20:56 - A New Hope soundtrack, various editions, what do we seek in a soundtrack album? 0:33:0…
 
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