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Talking about the music and sound in minutes 91-95 of Solo: A Star Wars Story with Jon Solomon! This set of minutes features a giant space tentacle monster, which, in part, is brought to life by the score and sound design. We talk about tension-building, our perceptions of musical "fastness," and a mysterious howling sound that Xanthe and Jon are n…
 
Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 07:17 - Listening to the beginning of these minutes and comparing them to A New Hope. 14:35 - Thirds, avoidance of chordal resolution 17:08 - Does this chord progression sound inevitable? Deceptive cadences. Search: "chromatic mediants composition secrets." 22:40 - How L3's theme is building tension. 27:37 - J…
 
Lacey Gilleran from Resistance Broadcast is here to talk about the music in Solo minutes 81-85! We discuss the tragic scoring of L3's death, the gravitational pull of pedal points, musical depth of field, and, of course, #MakeSolo2Happen. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 00:54 - MakeSolo2Happen 09:50 - Swashbuckling adventures. 15:53 - Young …
 
L3 starts a revolution, Han moves coaxium containers, and the (perky, contrapuntal) music is the Force that binds us all together. Also worth considering: Is L3 a big ol' boom box? Newly minted Star Wars writer Riley Silverman is back on the show to discuss Solo Minutes 76-80 of Solo! Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 04:45 - Riley's theory of…
 
Composer Christina Ward joins Xanthe for a detailed listen and analysis of minutes 71-75 of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which starts with the crew landing on Kessel and ends with L3 liberating a droid. TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 - Hello there! 05:39 - All roads lead back to the Empire. 11:15 - Where the music abruptly changes, Baroque vibes, Enigma Variations,…
 
"Lando's Closet" is the horniest cue on the Solo soundtrack, Y/N? Crystal Beth joins me today for a discussion about minutes 66-70 of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 02:32 - Cue naming conventions. 10:02 - Secrets theme 6x buildup. 12:43 - Horniness of this cue. Roller coaster. 14:38 - Narrating the roller coaster of…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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. …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
There's no music for our first 90 seconds on Tatooine, forcing us to reckon with the cicadas, barren landscape, and Threepio's frozen joints. This is a deep dive into the music and sound of Star Wars: A New Hope, Minutes 11-15. Let's see if timestamps work this time (if not, I'm sorry!): (0:00:00) - Hello there. (0:03:49) - Fonts and motifs (0:09:0…
 
Discussion Highlights: 0:00:00 - Introduction 0:03:45 - Start talking about the minutes 0:06:15 - Is scoring done chronologically? 0:10:43 - First instance of the Force theme, but some notes are missing 0:11:52 - Discussion on score vs. lore 0:15:27 - Our introduction to C-3PO, R2-D2, and their sound/language 0:18:03 - Underscore and the relative s…
 
Discussion Highlights: The 20th Century FOX fanfare, purpose of studio logos, myth of movies Sharp London Symphony Orchestra, pitch inflation, Treaty of Versailles Opening crawl practical effects and music synchronization Holst Mars vs. Blockade Runner quiz Original, special editions, de-specialized editions, mono mix Darth Vader's breathing and th…
 
I just saw John Williams live for the first time! Here are some of the highlights, footage excerpts, and my analysis. Concert Details: John Williams: Maestro of the Movies Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA) David Newman and John Williams conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of film music selectio…
 
We've reached the end of The Last Jedi! Today's episode is a fun roundtable discussion with Jay Cooper and John Bellizzi, in which we listen to the rest of the end credits music and do a play-by-play commentary together. We also reflect on the season and film as a whole, share our personal music and sound effects highlights from The Last Jedi, and …
 
Frank Lehman is a music theorist, film musicologist, and John Williams scholar who created the Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars. Today, he's here to help us understand the end credits and music of The Last Jedi overall. We talk about wild theorizing, erotic themes, and the technical and philosophical ideals that make up the mus…
 
With a final swell of the Force theme, the orchestra pulls us into the credits. Today, I am pleased to speak with Lorenz Gamma, violinist on The Last Jedi score. We talk nitty gritty details -- including what it was like working with John Williams, what the orchestra spent the most time rehearsing, the importance of inaccuracies, and how The Last J…
 
Behind every legend is a person. In this episode of Star Wars Music Minute, Darth Choco joins me in a heartfelt discussion of the music, lore, and legacy surrounding Luke Skywalker's final act. 00:00:00 - Intro + In this set of minutes, Luke and Kylo face off, Rey uses the Force to lift the heavy rocks obstructing their path, and Luke says "See you…
 
"More! More! More!" Kylo yells, ordering every gun to fire on his uncle. Chaos, fashion, and Force angst ensue while Luke remains standing stronger than ever. Joining me today is Mollie Damon (Star Wars Explained, A Certain Point of View), and together, we nerd out on the music and sound of minutes 131-135 of The Last Jedi. Discussion Highlights: T…
 
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