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Celebrating the music and sound of Star Wars 5 cinematic minutes at a time!

Chrysanthe Tan


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    ESB 12: Horror With a Punchline (Minutes 56-60 with Suzen Tekla Kruglnska)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2023 87:06


    Suzen Tekla Kruglnska returns to the show to discuss the humorous horror and philosophical twists in The Empire Strikes Back minutes 56-60! We talk about Kubrick musical connections, Yoda's necklace/instrument, mynock sound design, and the visceral extended techniques used to elicit fear. Timestamps: 0:00 - Hello there! 5:36 - Connections to The Shining and The Muppet Show. 10:00 - Zigzagging between different themes. 13:35 - Yoda's scored monologue. 19:07 - Dotted rhythm in Yoda's B section. 23:10 - Philosophical twist. 25:48 - Dovetailing. 30:04 - Injection of dark side. 33:43 - Yoda's musical necklace. 38:13 - Eek! Mynock jump scare! 45:12 - Start of cue 6M3 This Is Not a Cave. 51:21 - Visceral horror music techniques. 58:09 - End of The Shining. 1:06:58 - Ben Burtt's Mynock sound design. 1:18:03 - SWMM Questionnaire Things to Check Out: Dominic Sewell Music's analysis of cue 6M3 This Is Not A Cave is excellent! - https://youtu.be/AhKNHh9icxQ Dotted note: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dotted_note The Shining soundtrack cued to Jack in the maze scene - https://youtube.com/watch?v=DbtGtE5DssY&t=3379 Yoda's necklace - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Blissl Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Solo 22: Herrmann Over Jaws (Minutes 106-110 with Suzen Tekla Kruglnska) https://youtu.be/AMKgA3L7Psw  Cues: 6M2 "Yoda's Teaching" 6M3 "This Is Not A Cave" Musical Themes: 3. Force 1a. Main Theme (A Section) 12b. Yoda (B Section) 12a. Yoda (A Section) Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? New answer: Triumph. Threat. Enchantment. Solo season answer: Droids. Flight. Pew. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? New answer: What did John Williams find most difficult to write? Solo season answer: How do they come up with the sound of alien languages? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? New answer: Andor, Don't Look Up, and Moonlight (composed by Nicholas Britell) Solo season answer: Rosemary's Baby (composed by Krzysztof Komeda) --------------- Guest: Suzen Tekla Kruglnska Twitter: https://twitter.com/skruglnska The Comedy Film Funnel (podcast with Joe Dator) - https://www.podash.com/podcast/5346477/ The Shining 2:37 (podcast) - https://theshining237.com Rosemary's Baby 6:66 (podcast) - https://theshining237.com/rosemarys-baby-666-episode-list/ ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    ESB 11: Free-Floating Motivic Particles (Minutes 51-55 with Frank Lehman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 158:45


    In The Empire Strikes Back minutes 51-55, Han and Leia share their first kiss and we meet the Emperor for the first time. Joining me (for the 4th time!) is music theorist/film musicologist Frank Lehman. We discuss the lineage of musical love themes, John Williams's distinctive Lydian signature, the strange proto-Emperor cue, and he gives us a sneak peek of the major updates he's making to the Star Wars Thematic Catalogue. This episode is also on YouTube (with visuals): https://youtu.be/N_jXuEWiaLY  Timestamps: 0:00 - Hello there! 3:20 - Teasing the Emperor scene. 8:17 - Augmented hexatonic collection of pitches (characteristic chord type in ESB, 4-20). 11:26 - Yanked out portion of the cue, R5P3 "End Fix" (orchestrated by Angela Morley). 15:05 - Instrumental introduction to Han & Leia's theme. A distinctive treatment of Lydian mode (descending pentachords -- the 5th down to the tonic). 18:50 - The descending Lydian figure is a Williams hallmark of his 80s-ish scores. Examples from E.T. (1993) and ALWAYS (1989). 25:05 - On Han being a "scoundrel." 29:01 - What do you think of the comparisons to Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto? 38:35 - Listening to other love themes: El Cid (Miklós Rózsa), Adagio from Spartacus (Khachaturian) 51:48 - First truly functional chord in a while. Enharmonicism. 57:27 - Throwing down the gauntlet. 58:23 - John Williams holding back on the low bass note until a beat or two after the onset of a theme. 1:00:11 - Proud lineage of musical love scenes that are interrupted. 1:08:50 - Han Solo and the Princess concert arrangements (there are at least 3!) 1:14:56 - Sneak peek of changes to the thematic catalogue. 1:29:36 - Dom shoutout 1. 1:38:21 - Brittle, rocky xylophone. 1:45:39 - 90's Emperor/Energizer Bunny commercial. 1:46:26 - Fascinating musical sequence during the Emperor's first appearance. 1:55:44 - Dom shoutout 2. 1:58:09 - ESB editor Paul Hirsch on temp tracking this scene with Bartók. 2:06:28 - Comparing Ian McDiarmid to the original emperor's voice from 1980 (Clive Revell) 2:13:19 - Dark Side motif. 2:25:00 - SWMM Questionnaire Things to Check Out: Dominic Sewell's analysis of cue 5M4/6M1 "Solo and the Princess" - https://youtu.be/Nxe_rd2GVPY Pitch Class Set Calculator: https://www.mta.ca/pc-set/calculator/pc_calculate.html E.T. excerpt (queued up to the descending Lydian line)- https://youtube.com/watch?v=P7CyzH6R7f4&t=721 "Pete in Heaven" from Always (John Williams) - https://youtu.be/z8v1OEIkp3U Predatory Romance in Harrison Ford Movies (Pop Culture Detective on YouTube) - https://youtu.be/wWoP8VpbpYI Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto - https://youtu.be/QCKL95HAdQ8 Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet - https://youtu.be/finYYXkdYmA "Fossils" from Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens) - https://youtu.be/bcAJpsWWuIY Béla Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta - https://youtu.be/ymqRNY4K4NA?t=1016 Andrew Norman "Play" - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cristian Măcelaru https://youtu.be/Dc9rYygfwNI?t=1316 Love Scene from El Cid (by Miklós Rózsa)- https://youtu.be/91SunNLBDoI?t=303 Emperor Palpatine Energizer Bunny commercial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxafIhYFOr0 Adagio from Spartacus (by Khachaturian) - https://youtu.be/LZLMKkEGFRo?t=133 The Red Violin OST (by John Corigliano) - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6Oa6vj9pJz7IPAC5yVw666aU-OReTM1K The Empire Strikes Back - the original Emperor scene from 1980 - https://youtu.be/rKtciRCVpFE Cues: Tail end of 5M3 "Yoda's Entrance" 5M4/6M1 "Solo And The Princess" Musical Themes: 11a. Han & Leia (A Section) 11b. Han & Leia (B Section) 10a. Imperial March (Theme) 24) Imperial March Vamp 16a. Dark Side (Motif) Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "Luke's Nocturnal Visitor" "Han Solo and the Princess" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? New answer: My lifelong obsession. Solo season: Vaguely remembered music. ANH season: Dissonant pedal notes. Minor planing triads. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? New answer: What was going on in the scoring of Obi-Wan Kenobi? Solo season: Who will be main composer for the Kenobi series? ANH season: What are we musically in store for as Star Wars moves onto the next chapters of its development? What was the actual score to Episode IX supposed to be (before changes)? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? New answer: White Lotus (series) (composed by Cristobal Tapia de Veer) Solo season: Severance (series) (composed by Theodore Shapiro) ANH season: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) (composed by Jerry Goldsmith) --------------- Guest: Frank Lehman Website: https://franklehman.com/ Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars: https://franklehman.com/starwars/ A Guide to the Musical Themes of Indiana Jones: https://franklehman.com/indiana-jones-themes/ Book: Hollywood Harmony: Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema - https://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Harmony-Musical-Wonder-Cinema/dp/0190606401 Frank's previous episodes: Solo 7: Powell's Fresh Take (Minutes 31-35 with Frank Lehman) - https://youtu.be/x_dF58geISQ ANH 6: Binary Sunset Breakdown (Minutes 26-30 with Frank Lehman) - https://youtu.be/JrCg4KLk054 TLJ 30: Musical DNA of The Last Jedi (Minutes 146-150 with Frank Lehman) - https://youtu.be/NZwIpV3igBo   ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    ESB 10: Mister Rogers of Star Wars (Minutes 46-50 with Ken Plume)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 162:10


    It's finally time to meet Yoda! Joining me today is writer, producer, and Muppet aficionado Ken Plume. We break down Frank Oz's fantastic performance, including his speech syntax and the vocal qualities that define Yoda vs. Miss Piggy vs. Grover vs. Fozzie vs. Bert and Frank Oz's other classic characters. The music takes a backseat in this scene, giving the audience a chance to really meet and hear Yoda for the first time. This is THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK minutes 46-50. Check out the video version of this episode if you want to see Ken's puppet demonstrations: https://youtu.be/RCqDQ6XCBc4 Timestamps: 0:00 - Hello there! 1:26 - How Ken's tweets made Xanthe appreciate the Muppets more. 7:25 - Listening to the start of these minutes. 13:07 - Piccolo/bassoon line when Luke lights the furnace. 17:04 - Artoo sitting back and watching everything unfold. 18:03 - Is the cue announcing the "magic has entered the room?" Kite metaphor. 27:02 - The Force theme tapping Luke on the shoulder rather than announcing when Luke has entered the room. 32:49 - This scene has Yoda's most extreme, comical vocal performance. 38:37 - Frank Oz voice comparisons. Noise-to-pitch ratio. What do Yoda, Grover, Miss Piggy, Animal, Bert, Cookie Monster, Sam Eagle, and Fozzie have in common? What is different? Grit, cleanliness, gravel, rumble, nasality, rasp, phlegm. 53:42 - Yoda syntax, pedagogy, younglings, Mr. Rogers, action words. 59:17 - Listener question: Do you think Yoda is an accent? 1:05:11 - Things in puppetry that separate amateurs from professionals. 1:10:27 - Puppet sound sync, mouth shapes. 1:17:28 - Listener question: What do you think it does for a puppet performer to portray both speech and action for a single character? 1:20:00 - Xanthe's disturbing Yoda puppetry attempt. 1:25:23 - Listener question: How do puppet designers prioritize movement and durability? 1:36:59 - Luke being tested in this scene, failing. Parable within a parable. 1:46:12 - A closer look at the shot with Yoda reaching across to grab the cane. "Live hands" situation. 1:53:09 - Frank Oz's little beats. The exhalation is all in the performance; the puppet has no lungs. 1:59:09 - Comparing Frank Oz's Yoda to other Yoda's (from The Clone Wars, etc). 2:08:52 - The music (5M3 Yoda's Entrance) gives us the tiniest little tease of who Yoda is. 2:17:31 - Tips on getting into the Muppets oeuvre. 2:23:30 - Is there an instrument that represents Yoda to you? (open to listener answers!) 2:30:00 - SWMM Questionnaire 2:40:11 - Ken's very disturbing Yoda mask. Things to Check Out: Dominic Sewell's analysis of cue 5M2 Yoda Appears - https://youtu.be/p10aBm6juXM  Playlist of Frank Oz's Muppet Character Voices - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSnlOAEE_D0&list=PLw4AP6SyWCYxCHJ1eLHHj9JXbkLyYCM5k Yoda (Star Wars) | Evolution In Movies & TV (1980 - 2018) - https://youtu.be/ReZTZS7eIlw Yoda Comparison - The Phantom Menace - https://youtu.be/4DsYoc1CsUQ Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas - https://youtu.be/nZqYHS4uzWE Singing Fish ("The Little Fishies" from The Muppet Show)- https://youtu.be/3lFOh2vzJzk Gremlins Suite (composed by Jerry Goldsmith) - https://youtu.be/jsE-Hr73Imw Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Cues: 5M2 "Yoda Appears" 5M3 "Yoda's Entrance" Musical Themes: 3. Force 12a. Yoda (A Section) Where are we in the soundtrack?: "Arrival on Dagobah" "Luke's Nocturnal Visitor" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Longing. Grace. Adventure. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? Major/big themes aside (like the Force theme and Imperial March), which of the more minor musical themes recur the most across the films? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? 1941 (composed by John Williams) The Italian Job (composed and arranged by Quincy Jones) Gremlins (composed by Jerry Goldsmith) The Last Starfighter (composed by Craig Safan) --------------- Guest: Ken Plume Linktree: https://linktr.ee/kenplume Twitter: https://twitter.com/kenplume Muppets/Jim Henson commentary thread: https://twitter.com/KenPlume/status/1351023387003518976 ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    ESB 9: Dagobah Piccolo Workout (Minutes 41-45 with Samantha Tripp)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 149:06


    Flutist & Star Wars music researcher Samantha Tripp returns to the show to talk about the rich sonic environment of Dagobah! This is EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Minutes 41-45. Discussion Guide: 0:00 - Hello there! 4:27 - How do you feel about the Asteroid Field concert arrangement? 16:15 - Violin articial harmonics at the end of the Asteroid Field. 20:12 - Flute harmonics. 29:20 - Semitonal Slip. 36:22 - Muted trombones. 43:07 - Two layers of glissando. 48:03 - The can-can? 50:45 - Dagobah reverb. The rich sonic environment of Dagobah. 54:21 - The music telling us not to be worried about Artoo. 59:35 - Ridiculously high piccolo tutti that would be hard to do in tune. Smart orchestration choice that brings in the Eb clarinet. 1:07:30 - Sinewy, slurred string line that makes the 16th notes sound like syncopated 8th notes. 1:13:18 - An added rest in the Droids theme. 1:27:12 - Tritone at the end of the Dagobah music foreshadowing/leading into the Imperial March. 1:35:20 - Music demarcating the status difference between Vader and Piett. 1:41:48 - Imperial March and the flat submediant. 1:48:48 - The Imperial March's invariance. 2:00:50 - Listener question about potential bias toward British composers. 2:14:10 - Ben Burtt's Dagobah sound design. 2:19:54 - Recap of the 4 sections in these minutes. 2:21:36 - SWMM Questionnaire. Things to Check Out: John Williams Conference - https://johnwilliams.sciencesconf.org/ Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances (arr. for violin) - https://youtu.be/MVt85w21MoQ?t=108 (queued up to the artificial harmonics section) Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld (Can-Can starts at 6:58) - https://youtu.be/vEnW5_GTooI Score: A Film Music Documentary - https://www.score-movie.com/ "Essay for Strings" (John Williams) - https://youtu.be/L3Jd9ysG314 "Essay for Orchestra No. 1" (Samuel Barber) - https://youtu.be/8ZkB-hHGqWw Edward Elgar "Symphony No.1 " (2. Mov.) https://youtu.be/y4TI8yxKhRE Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Cues: End of 4M3 "The Asteroid Field" 5M1 "Crash Landing" Musical Themes: 11a. Han & Leia (A Section) 28) Semitonal Slip 1a. Main Theme (A Section) 13. Droids 10a. Imperial March (Theme) Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "The Asteroid Field" "Arrival on Dagobah" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? New answer: Texture. Motion. Thematic. Solo season answer: Powerful, evocative, grandiose ANH season answer: Powerful, evocative, grandiose 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? New answer: More about the behind-the-scenes people: recording engineers, music editors, orchestra librarians, contractors, etc. Solo season answer: Musician stories from recording the sequel films, particularly The Rise of Skywalker. ANH season answer: What was it like for the musicians recording the original trilogy, particularly the first film? Did they realize that they were playing something so iconic? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? New answer: The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)  Solo season answer: The Shape of Water (composed by Alexandre Desplat) ANH season answer: Spider-Man: No Way Home (composed by Michael Giacchino) --------------- Guest: Samantha Tripp Recursive References and In-Universe Instances of the Imperial March (MaMI conference presentation by Samantha Tripp and Frank Lehman) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYV7O3uSZn0  YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3hiwYy5oTsb50N-kxRhonA ANH 23: Trench Run Tension (Minutes 111-115 with Samantha Tripp) - https://youtu.be/7VgkV0f5GwE Solo 3: Imperial March Diegesis (Minutes 11-15 with Samantha Tripp) - https://youtu.be/Kj9EAuzCY68 ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    ESB 8: Asteroid Feelings (Minutes 36-40 with Dennis Hamm)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 164:07


    We're getting into the Asteroid Field with Thundercat pianist Dennis Hamm! In this episode, we explore the complex harmony, emotion, and triumph in this cue that John Williams once called "a ballet of flying spaceships and asteroids colliding." Dennis also administers a fun listening test toward the end that you'll want to stick around for (there are no wrong answers). This is The Empire Strikes Back minutes 36-40. Timstamps: 0:00 - Hello there! 3:59 - Listening to the minutes. 10:13 - Leia's themes touching on Lydian mode. 11:36 - Thinking in chords vs. melodies. 16:17 - Modal modulation. David Huron. Acoustic Ethological Model (AEM). 22:05 - A theory on why Han and Leia's theme sounds melancholic. (It involves overtones.) 29:48 - Four quadrants. 37:28 - Triumphant splash. More lydian talk. 45:14 - Beginning of 4M3 The Asteroid Field. 51:15 - "A ballet of flying spaceships and asteroids colliding." 58:46 - Flat 2 representing tension, aggravation, distress. 1:02:02 - Violins are running up (run) and sliding down (glissando). 1:09:33 - Asteroid Field Subsidiary Motif. 1:17:57 - Instruments uniting for the regal Asteroid Field theme. 1:28:19 - "Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3720 to 1." 1:31:53 - Pianist vs. violinist perspectives, mental shifts. 1:34:37 - Emotions + Intervals Test (There are no wrong answers!) 2:03:16 - Tonicizing, turning notes into roots. A little test on which roots we perceive. 2:09:32 - Sentisonics. 2:16:20 - Polytonality (vertical) vs. modulation (horizontal) in The Asteroid Field. 2:21:39 - The darkest chord progression. 2:23:32 - Comparing the Asteroid Field cue to the concert arrangement. 2:30:48 - Dennis's parting thoughts about these minutes. 2:34:38 - SWMM Questionnaire. Things Referenced: Cues and Signals: An Ethological Approach to Music-Related Emotion (David Huron paper) - https://journals.openedition.org/signata/1115 Voice Leading: The Science Behind a Musical Art (David Huron book) On George Russell's "Ladder of 5ths" - https://www.jasonharmonica.com/WOTG.html John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" https://youtu.be/xy_fxxj1mMY Asteroid Field (Concert Arrangement!) by John Williams: https://youtu.be/vLt0nZug-YU Star Wars 20th Anniversary: Interview with John Williams' (1997) - https://www.jwfan.com/?p=4553 Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Dominic Sewell Music's analysis and walkthrough of cue 4m3 "The Asteroid Field" - https://youtu.be/LUa5TKeY7Nk Cues: 4M2 "The Rebels Escape Again" 4M3 "The Asteroid Field" Musical Themes: 10a. Imperial March (Theme) 11a. Han & Leia (A Section) 26) Asteroid Field Main Theme 27) Asteroid Field Subsidiary Motif Where are we in the soundtrack?: "The Battle Of Hoth (Ion Cannon/Imperial Walkers/Beneath the" "The Asteroid Field" ------- Star Wars Music Minute Questionnaire: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Adventure. Mysticism. Justice. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? Which specific classical composers John Williams borrowed from harmonically (and how, specifically). 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? The Last Starfighter (composed by Craig Safan) --------------- Guest: Dennis Hamm Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dennishammkeys/ Sentisonics: https://sentisonics.com/ ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    ESB 7: Musical Referee (Minutes 31-35 with Conor Power)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 125:19


    Film music PhD researcher Conor Power joins me for a discussion about The Empire Strikes Back minutes 31-35. We're finishing up the Battle of Hoth along with some shrill piccolos, rollicking pianos, an "extra minor" Luke theme, and a brass line that we both fancy for reasons we try to figure out. As the episode title suggests, the music in this cue seems to act like a referee keeping score between the Rebels and Empire (find out who the musical "winner" of these minutes is at the end of the episode). We also discuss the "Feminine Romantic Cliche" (FRC) as it pertains to Leia's theme and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 02:44 - Ben Burtt's AT-AT sound design. 08:18 - The music acting as a referee. 14:51 - Piercing shrill piccolo. 22:55 - Foreshadowing the Asteroid Field. 24:16 - Comm voices match visual cuts. 25:51 - These pianos! ❤️ 34:27 - Luke's theme "extra minor." 42:44 - Stark, despondent Han and Leia scene. 45:12 - Why does this brass part stick out to us (in a good way)? 51:30 - Why the Force theme here? 1:03:08 - Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony + using spidey senses. 1:09:07 - Rebels gaining the upper hand (musically). 1:15:32 - Harry Potter comparison (joking chromatic string texture). 1:21:48 - Leia's theme and Feminine Romantic Cliche (FRC). 1:30:48 - Music + Millennium Falcon vroooom = perfection. 1:33:55 - "Captain Solo! Captain Solo!" Is Threepio's line doubled? 1:39:10 - Who actually wins the Battle of Hoth? 1:43:59 - ESB's more subtle dynamic between Han and Leia. 1:53:24 - Who wins the musical battle in these minutes? 1:54:17 - SWMM Questionnaire Things to Check Out: Dominic Sewell's analysis of 3M4/4M1 "Luke's First Crash" - https://youtu.be/dfKjTX7gpNs Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, 1st movement - https://youtu.be/iE9LhoKEmBk Scherzo for X-Wings (John Williams) from Star Wars: The Force Awakens - https://youtu.be/xJzuanMUuS4 Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra (John Williams) from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - https://youtu.be/1IFmRniWa0U "Running to McGonagall" (John Williams) from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - https://youtu.be/T0SchcBWq7c ("Thinking about Marion's Theme") Art of the Score Episode 1: Raiders of the Lost Ark - Part 1 - https://www.artofthescore.com.au/podcast/2017/2/16/episode-1-raiders-of-the-lost-ark-part-1 Art of the Score Episode 2: Raiders of the Lost Ark - Part 2 - https://www.artofthescore.com.au/podcast/2017/2/16/episode-2-raiders-of-the-lost-ark-part-2 ANH 18: The Swashbucklers (Minutes 86-90 with Dan Golding) - https://youtu.be/5xFFLXruO0Y Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Cues: 3M4/4M1 "Luke's First Crash" 4M2 "The Rebels Escape Again" Musical Themes: 16b. Dark Side (Ostinato) 10a. Imperial March (Theme) 1a. Main Theme (A Section) 3. Force 2. Rebel Fanfare 10b. Imperial March (Bridge) 4. Leia Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "The Battle Of Hoth (Ion Cannon/Imperial Walkers/Beneath the" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Vivid symphonic storytelling. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? Interviews with the orchestrators. 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? If Beale Street Could Talk (by Nicholas Britell) --------------- Guest: Conor Power Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpower1997 (Article) Swashbucklers and Femme Fatales: Gender Coding in John Williams's Score to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - https://revista.uclm.es/index.php/cuadernosdeinvestigacionmusical/article/view/2830 ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    ESB 6: Battle of Hoth Set Theory (Minutes 26-30 with Dominic Sewell)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 181:35


    We're getting deep into the Battle of Hoth today! This is minutes 26-30 of The Empire Strikes Back with composer/orchestrator Dominic Sewell. The quickie topic is a primer on the anatomy and function of a score.  To follow along with the visuals in this episode, I recommend checking out the video version (or just spot checking the areas you want to see): https://youtu.be/oOvHkaciOVk  Timestamps: 00:00 - Hello there! 2:10 - What stands out to you about the Battle of Hoth? 8:26 - Who is the greatest 20th century composer? 10:30 - Quickie topic: Anatomy and function of a score. 16:05 - Start of these minutes. 18:51 - Contrapuntal fudge. 28:18 - Frank Lehman's breakdown of the Battle of Hoth themes from a-z. 32:46 - Cool things about octatonic scales and John Williams's use of them. 45:42 - Military preparation theme (e) 48:00 - "One is okay, two is memorable, three is too much." 54:05 - Optimistic Walton-esque theme (h) 1:01:07 - Increasing rhythm, momentum, texture before big crescendo. 1:03:35 - Start of 3M3 "The Snow Battle" 1:10:30 - Pitch class sets, Forte numbers, using the pitch-class set calculator. 4-19, 6-z19, 5-32, 8-28, etc... 1:26:29 - “Fingers are not to be despised: they are the great inspirers, and, in contact with a musical instrument, often give birth to subconscious ideas which might otherwise never come to life.” -Stravinsky 1:29:10 - Alpha chords. 1:38:47 - What JW wrote about this cue in the liner notes ("bizarre, mechanical, brutal...") 1:49:10 - "The rub" + Why are minor seconds and major sevenths "the same?" 2:00:14 - "Into the Maw" from Solo: A Star Wars Story. 2:06:13 - Cluster splurge. 2:13:33 - Diverging outline. 2:19:01 - Filigree, frills, and trills. 2:23:41 - 6-20 classic hexatonic set. 2:31:40 - Philosophical question: how do you decide the boundaries of the set you're analyzing? 2:36:46 - The Hoth sequence contains nearly all of John Williams's action hallmarks. 2:45:38 - SWMM Questionnaire References: Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Analysis Through Composition - Principles of the Classical Style (book by Nicholas Cook) - https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/3425258 Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis Orb and Sceptre (William Walton) - https://youtu.be/v6qjUdaDE_Q Crown Imperial March (William Walton) - https://youtu.be/1M9xZlA2zn8 Dominic's video intro to pitch class set theory: https://youtu.be/Am2KLFMGuvw Pitch-Class Set Calculator: https://www.mta.ca/pc-set/calculator/pc_calculate.html List of set classes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_set_classes Petrushka (Stravinsky) - https://youtu.be/jeSC0vtdn3g David Matthews piece: The Golden Kingdom song cycle, "Spell of Creation" movement - https://www.fabermusic.com/shop/the-golden-kingdom-p3081 Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain - https://youtu.be/SLCuL-K39eQ Mickey Mouse (2013) series, music by Christopher Willis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNdhDq-DF8k&list=PLIUzyJZLGeBM2mB9MaXtfzCxHRZ6s8PIl Mark Richards's film scoring courses: https://filmmusicnotes.com/all-courses/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Mouse_(TV_series) The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films: A Comprehensive Account of Howard Shore's Scores (by Doug Adams) - https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/8882617 Check out Dominic Sewell's channel to see more analysis with video walkthroughs of these cues: 3M2 Leia's Instructions (final segment) - https://youtu.be/DThcEWb_CoE 3M3 The Snow Battle - https://youtu.be/fIHn1e521DY 3M4/4M1 Luke's First Crash - https://youtu.be/dfKjTX7gpNs  Cues in these minutes: 3M2 "Leia's Instructions" 3M3 "The Snow Battle" 3M4/4M1 "Luke's First Crash" Musical Themes: 2. Rebel Fanfare 18) Descending Heroic Tetrachords 1a. Main Theme (A Section) 13. Droids Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "The Battle Of Hoth (Ion Cannon/Imperial Walkers/Beneath the" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Transporting. Transforming. Transcendental. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? Dom would like to talk to John Williams about what his teachers taught him. 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Lord of the Rings - Howard Shore Doctor Who (TV series) - Murray Gold The Orville (TV series) - Bruce Broughton (main theme), Joel McNeely, Andrew Cottee, John Debney, and Kevin Kaska Death of Stalin - Christopher Willis --------------- Guest: Dominic Sewell Website: https://dominicsewell.co.uk YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DominicSewellMusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/dominicsewell Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DominicSewellMusic ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    ESB 5: Weeds of the Reeds (Minutes 21-25 with Stephanie Manning)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 144:18


    In minutes 21-25 of The Empire Strikes Back, Vader sets course for the Hoth system while the Rebels prepare to defend their base. Joining me today is Stephanie Manning, a bassoonist, writer, and 2022 Fellow of the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. We talk about the Imperial March, the contrast between Rebel and Empire music, and the bassoon's role in the orchestra. Sidenote: Stephanie is the first bassoonist I've had on the show, so it was high time for a thorough introduction to this often-overlooked but very present instrument that's part of the Star Wars scores. Check out the video version of this episode if you want to see the bassoon visuals. Once Disney accepts my copyright dispute, it will be right here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2abkoRqBMwQ (Maddeningly, the video is currently blocked at the time of initial release.

    ESB 4: Snowspeeder Macroharmony (Minutes 16-20 with Jenn Harding)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 111:54


    Music theorist Dr. Jenn Harding joins Xanthe for an analysis of minutes 16-20 of The Empire Strikes Back. We talk about textural shifts, snowspeeder sound design, macroharmony, musical structure, spectrograms, math, intonation, the Leia-Han-Luke love triangle (and what the music has to say about it), and more!  This episode is also on YouTube (with spectogram visuals): https://youtu.be/nnflnU9iecM  Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 04:15 - Interaction between music and sound design. 06:54 - How Ben Burtt crafted the snowspeeder and snow sounds. 14:07 - Mechanical-sounding perpetual motion with triumphant trumpet flourishes on top. 22:58 - Weird, angular oboe melody and a massive texture shift. 27:54 - No music during the impassionate kiss. 32:10 - Fuzzball, nerfherder. 35:10 - How Ben Burtt made the Imperial Probe Droid explosion sound. 37:38 - Using math to analyze harmony, intro to macroharmony. 45:16 - How would you define harmony? Harmony (abstract) and sonority 48:15 - Spectograms and discrete Fourier transform (DFT). (Visual demonstration of these Star Wars minutes viewed through the spectogram) 1:02:38 - Quick Tip: Orchestral listening challenge. 1:06:54 - Why does knowing the harmonic landscape of something matter? 1:12:45 - 12-tone scale, interval ratios, imperfect reality of intonation. 1:21:20 - Dialogue causing changes in the structure of the speeder music. 1:27:40 - Imperial March sounds steady but doesn't have the same motor. Accents. Why does the Imperial March sound almost... human? 1:45:59 - SWMM Questionnaire Things Mentioned: Jenn's Visual Pitch Class Vector Calculator: https://www.jenndharding.com/vectorcalculator Jenn's DFT Panorama Generator: http://www.jenndharding.com/panorama Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Check out Dominic Sewell's analysis of these cues! 2M2 Ben's Instructions - https://youtu.be/Dh9W98GykGs 2M3 Luke's Rescue - https://youtu.be/UTFX2QjGqzQ 2M4 The Imperial March - The Probe Scanner - https://youtu.be/UZaQDrN7YZU Musical Themes: 16b. Dark Side (Ostinato) 24) Imperial March Vamp 10a. Imperial March (Theme) Cues: Very end of 2M2 "Ben's Instructions" 2M3 "Luke's Rescue" 2M4 "The Probe Scanner" Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "The Wampa's Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight" "Rescue from Cloud City/Hyperspace" "The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Adventure. Nostalgia. Romance. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? The sound design and its coordination with the score. 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Lord of the Rings (by Howard Shore) --------------- Guest: Dr. Jenn Harding https://jenndharding.com https://twitter.com/dizzyfingers42 ----------------- If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    ESB 3: Snowy Spectralism (Minutes 11-15 with Jacob Jahiel)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 69:25


    This episode is about minutes 11-15 of The Empire Strikes Back with my guest Jake Jahiel -- a musicologist, Baroque music specialist, and 2022 Fellow of the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. Today, we're talking about the Spectralist-adjacent music of Hoth, the Force theme that sprang from the petri dish, Wagner's influence, and the music that John Williams originally wrote that got cut from this scene. Video version of this episode is here: https://youtu.be/hRujf84GhXM  Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 05:10 - Listening to the beginning of these minutes. 6:31 - How Ben Burtt made Threepio's sound here. 11:21 - Somber horn stinger. 15:15 - What is the meaning of this fragmented Force theme? 23:36 - Ligeti/Spectralist influences. 30:49 - "Ben! Dagobah!" 35:25 - The music that John Williams originally wrote for this scene that got cut. 40:56 - Quickie Topic: Tempo 55:21 - Why it's worth acknowledging Wagner's influence on Star Wars. 1:03:19 - SWMM Questionnaire Things to Check Out: Dominic Sewell's analysis of 1m3/2m1 "Luke's Escape" - https://youtu.be/xKysHgjNtmk Dominic Sewell's analysis of 2m2 "Ben's Instructions" - https://youtu.be/Dh9W98GykGs "Allegretto" from Beethoven's 7th Symphony (first chord) - https://youtu.be/vCHREyE5GzQ György Ligeti - "Atmospheres" - https://youtu.be/RCNzwdLwA8g The Empire Strikes Back sound design explained by Ben Burtt (INDEPTH Sound Design) - https://youtu.be/VUeWJKwQwsE Spectral music: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectral_music Film-as-Concert-Music And the Formal Implications of 'Cinematic Listening' - https://franklehman.com/film-as-concert-music/ Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Cues: Very end of 1M3/2M1 "Luke's Escape" 2M2 "Ben's Instructions" Musical Themes: 3. Force Possible hint of 1a. Main Theme (A Section) Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "The Wampa's Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight" STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Unproblematic intergalactic Wagner. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? The foley work. 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Lord of the Rings trilogy (composed by Howard Shore) --------------- Guest: Jacob Jahiel You can find Jake's writing on Early Music America (EMA): https://www.earlymusicamerica.org/?s=jacob+jahiel ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    ESB 2: Wampa Vision (Minutes 6-10 with Christina Ward)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 91:51


    This episode is about minutes 6-10 of The Empire Strikes Back with composer-artist Christina Ward. The YouTube version of this episode is here: https://youtu.be/xHuhO51iYuc  TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 - Hello there! 02:15 - Listening to the beginning of these minutes. 08:17 - Assessing the feelings behind Han and Leia's dialogue. 12:28 - Slow, awkward waltz. 16:41 - Threepio slander. 24:32 - Irvin Kershner wanted the ESB score to be spare. 29:44 - Talking through a part of the score. 36:47 - Reverse-engineering the Wampa based on how the Wampa sounds. 41:07 - Swarming, swirling strings rise up. Reminiscent of the Moldau (by Smetana). 49:27 - Getting the notes exactly right vs. "this is an effect." 55:55 - Conductors as Jedi Masters. 1:02:17 - Esa Pekka Salonen and kung fu masters. 1:10:53 - Tauntaun sounds. 1:13:53 - Quickie topic: Dynamics. 1:23:40 - SWMM Questionnaire. Things Mentioned: Smetana - The Moldau - https://youtube.com/watch?v=BhAwqPBPIEM&t=110 The Soundtrack Show: The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part I: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-the-soundtrack-show-29021108/episode/the-empire-strikes-back-the-music-30719133/  Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Check out Dominic Sewell Music 's YouTube channel for a more in-depth cue analysis of the following cues: 1m3/2m1 "Luke's Escape" - https://youtu.be/xKysHgjNtmk 1m2B "The Imperial Probe" Part 2 - https://youtu.be/29teKKgKNm8 Musical Themes: 4. Leia 11a. Han & Leia (A Section) 13. Droids 3. Force 1a. Main Theme (A Section) Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth" "The Wampa's Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight" Cue Numbers and Names: 1M2B "The Imperial Probe - Part 2" aka "New Start" 1M3/2M1 "Luke's Escape" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Old answer: Heartfelt. Direct. Dramatic. New answer: Droids. Hopeful. Dramatic. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? Old answer: What are the thematic relationships that tie the dark side with Imperialism, musically speaking? Similarly, what musical relationships tie the light side with rebellion and goodness? New answer: What the aural representation of Chiss brainwaves, particularly Sky-walkers, would be. 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Old answer: Dune (music composed by Hans Zimmer, sound team led by Mark Mangini and Theo Green) New answer: Ms. Marvel (composed by Laura Karpman) and Moon Knight (composed by Hesham Nazih) --------------- Guest: Christina Ward Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xtverse.studio/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristinaWard00  Solo 15: Do You Like It? (Minutes 71-75 with Christina Ward) - https://youtu.be/YkMiwQzrteY Christina joined The Band Batch for music commentary on ANDOR season 1: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE4n8ygyS0MIkTsWhhs7gBmLFiQtjzAjT  ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    ESB 1: The First Five Minutes of Empire (Minutes 1-5)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 80:41


    This episode is an introduction to the music of The Empire Strikes Back, with a special emphasis on minutes 1-5. Welcome to THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK SEASON of Star Wars Music Minute!

    Solo 29: Interview with Baraka May (Singer on "Chicken in the Pot")

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 99:57


    Baraka May has recording vocals on over 500 films, TV shows, video games, commercials, and albums. Today, we're discussing her work on "Chicken In the Pot" in Solo: A Star Wars Story!

    Solo 28: Interview with Iain Farrington (Pianist for Solo: A Star Wars Story)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 100:17


    Iain Farrington played piano and celeste for the Solo: A Star Wars Story soundtrack! In this episode, we listen to some of our favorite piano moments from the Solo soundtrack, and Iain talks about what it was like to record those cues. He also shares stories from the recording sessions and gives us insight into how he approaches different types of piano cues. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 00:39 - Why was the Solo score recorded in London? 04:08 - "Meet Han" (piano solo toward the beginning of the film). 10:55 - When Ron Howard came to the sessions. 13:46 - Watching John Powell write the Elgarian Imperial March arrangement during lunch, then recording different versions. 23:11 - How did Iain "get the call" to do this gig? 26:16 - "L3 and the Millennium Falcon" - What it was like to play the Star Wars Main Theme on the celeste (when we meet the Millennium Falcon in the movie). 41:14 - How does Iain approach recording piano with an orchestra vs. recording for a solo piano project? 51:07 - "Dryden's Long, Long Fight" (romantic piano solo during Han and Qi'ra's last scene together). 1:02:23 - Xanthe's random, specific questions about the recording process (how many days? headphones? what was in his monitor mix? challenges?) 1:15:13 - How does Iain balance his work as a composer, arranger, and performer? 1:29:27 - "I Still Call Australia Home." 1:34:13 - SWMM Questionnaire. Things to Check Out: Playlist of SWMM Conversations with Star Wars musicians: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE4n8ygyS0MLbbtk0Hzpb0Z3JlShtuf_U  Mahler - 1st Symphony, 1st mvt (piano solo arranged by Iain Farrington) - https://youtu.be/ET8UNKBzUgI "I Still Call Australia Home" Qantas ad: https://youtu.be/Kwfuo8ESa5E Iain Farrington's "I still call Australia home" arrangement is the second track on this list: https://www.iainfarrington.com/songs.html Solo 3: Imperial March Diegesis (Minutes 11-15 with Samantha Tripp) - https://youtu.be/Kj9EAuzCY68 Frank Lehman's Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars: https://franklehman.com/starwars/ --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? That's an orchestra. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? Would love to see John Williams's original sketches for Star Wars. 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? E.T. (composed by John Williams) --------------- Guest: Iain Farrington Website: https://www.iainfarrington.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IainFarrington YouTube (where you can find his piano arrangements of Mahler symphonies): https://www.youtube.com/user/iainfarrington ----------------- If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    Solo 27: Solo Music Department (Minutes 131-135)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 106:18


    Xanthe wraps up coverage of Solo: A Star Wars Story (minutes 131-135) by taking a closer look at the music and sound credits. What do sound editors, music editors, orchestra contractors, and re-recording mixers do? We'll also review the nine new leitmotifs that Solo added to the Star Wars oeuvre. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 01:27 - Music and sound end credits and what the various roles do. 1:01:54 - The nine new leitmotifs from Solo. 1:24:30 - Final thoughts on the film, score, and season. 1:37:58 - What does Star Wars sound like (according to all the Solo season guests)? 1:40:16 - SWMM Questionnaire. 1:42:05 - Acknowledgements. References: Solo Credits Wiki: https://jhmoviecollection.fandom.com/wiki/Solo:_A_Star_Wars_Story/Credits Score Mixing Seminar with Shawn Murphy (Mix with the Masters): https://youtu.be/NH7qH9qbjYM Sound Effects Categories - How Do You Organise Yours? (Pro Tools Expert interview with Tim Nielsen, including links to download his sound effect organizing system) - https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/home-page/2017/6/27/sound-effects-categories-how-do-you-organise-yours ANH 20: Jungle Warehouse (Minutes 96-100 with Nick Norton) - https://youtu.be/Db1ZnPnfjKU John Powell's vuvuzela Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BuX7nvwFz5i/ John Powell's Instagram post showing his orchestral template (2021): https://www.instagram.com/p/CNaPUIyBJrM/ Article about film music orchestrators (The Hollywood Reporter, 2007): Unsung heroes: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/unsung-heroes-127344/ Hollywood Five Honoured by Trinity Laban - https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/news/hollywood-five-honoured-by-trinity-laban/ Being a Composers Assistant: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/editorial/features/being-a-composers-assistant/ 5 Cat Studios: https://5catstudios.com/ May the Score Be with You: Music Editor Ramiro Belgardt Returns for 'Star Wars' Reboot - https://cinemontage.org/may-score-music-editor-ramiro-belgardt-returns-star-wars-reboot/ Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Musical Themes: 8. L3-37 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 2b. Young Han Solo (Searching Variant, comp. JW) 6. Han & Chewie Where are we in the soundtrack?: "Super Extra Deluxe End Credits Suite (7MEC)" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? New answer: Intricate orchestral storytelling. Previous answer: The Cosmic Force. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? New answer: The working relationship between the composer and music editor. Previous answer: I'm curious about how other people experience and engage with the music of Star Wars, on both a macro and micro level. I want to know how other people are making sense of it or analyzing it with frameworks different than mine. Basically, I'm interested in doing what this podcast already gives me the excuse to do -- talk to people about Star Wars music. 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? New answer: Moonrise Kingdom. Previous answer: There Will Be Blood (composed by Jonny Greenwood) -------- If you want to support the show and join the Friends of Xanthe Discord server, consider becoming a patron: https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Merch store in progress: https://www.redbubble.com/people/swmusicminute  Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    Solo 26: Lightspeed to End Credits (Minutes 126-130 with Star Wars Minute)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2022 120:37


    Today, we're obsessing over the transition to the end credits in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Pete and Alex from Star Wars Minute are here to join me! (Ring theory.) We compare the Solo credits to The Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace, and more. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 05:26 - How Solo transitions to the end credits. 17:46 - End credits transitions in saga films vs. Star Wars Story films. 25:45 - Sooo that's how the Solo soundtrack ends? 37:03 - Is Solo the most "prequel-ly" of the Disney-era films? What does that even mean? 44:09 - What do Pete and Alex think of John Powell's Solo score overall? 55:00 - What does Xanthe think of the score overall? 57:21 - The two versions of the Solo soundtrack and what their differences are. 1:01:35 - Han and Qi'ra's love theme. 1:08:29 - Does the Solo Deluxe soundtrack have multiple versions of the same cue? 1:12:32 - The Leia to Han & Leia to Han & Qi'ra to Marion pipeline. 1:20:22 - Is jaunty music appropriate for the droid rebellion? 1:32:40 - Discord questions. 1:40:31 - Which guests would Pete and Alex like to hear on Star Wars Music Minute? 1:47:10 - SWMM Questionnaire Things to Check Out: ANH 1: The First Five Minutes of Star Wars (Minutes 1-5 with Pete and Alex from Star Wars Minute) - https://youtu.be/8jvjTESH1XE Solo 14: Romance Roller Coaster (Minutes 66-70 with Crystal Beth) - https://youtu.be/tOKkEokZwss Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Musical Themes: 2. Rebel Fanfare 2b. Young Han Solo (Searching Variant, comp. JW) 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 1a. Main Theme (A Section) 18) Descending Heroic Tetrachords 8. L3-37 4. Han & Q'ira 3. Secrets Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "Sabacc Rematch / To Tatooine (7M47-48)" & "Dice & Roll" "Super Extra Deluxe End Credits Suite (7MEC)" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Alex old: majestic French horns new: tchew tchew tchew Pete old: Aunt Beru's kitchen new: short wave radio 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? Alex (old): Alex wants a documentary featurette explaining what the process of scoring a film is. Alex (new): Why don't the musicians get listed in the credits (sometimes)? Pete (old): Pete wants to watch a sound design commentary from Ben Burtt or any sound department special. Pete (new): Pete wants to watch the movie with no added sound/music; ideally just what was captured on set. 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Alex old: Superman (composed by John Wlliams) Alex (new): Magnolia (soundtrack largely features Aimee Mann) Pete old: The Black Hole (composed by John Barry) new: Fight Club --------------- Star Wars Minute: Website: https://www.starwarsminute.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheStarWarsMinute Pete the Retailer: Website: https://petetheretailer.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeteTheRetailer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peterbonavita/ ABCD:TOS: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/abcd-tos/id1531020539 Alex Robinson: Website: https://alexrobinson.fun Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arobtwit/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARobTwit Godfather Minute: https://godfatherminute.tumblr.com/ ------------------ Become a patron to join my Discord server! https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    Solo 25: The Raconteur (Minutes 121-125 with Star Wars Lawyer)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 75:43


    In minutes 121-125 of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Beckett dies, Qi'ra leaves, and we reunite with Lando the Raconteur in his fancy jungle room. Star Wars Lawyer (Kris) returns to the show for a discussion about solemn death music, Lando's themes, Lando cosplay, and more! Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 07:17 - How do you feel about Han and Qi'ra's romance? 10:26 - Death and solemnity in Star Wars. 17:19 - Death of the dream (Qi'ra and Han's) 21:21 - Yacht sound design, a dirty rumble. 26:18 - Star Wars audiobooks. 30:24 - Why does Enfys Nest call Han a "leader" and a "warrior"? Is he, really? 35:59 - This is where the fun begins. 40:10 - Diegetic music: "Lando's Jungle Room." 45:55 - Non-diegetic music: "Sabacc Rematch"... but something about it almost sound diegetic? 52:58 - Lando's music throughout the Star Wars saga (Empire Strikes Back through Solo and Rise of Skywalker). Speculating on what Lando's themes might sound like in the future. 59:33 - What do you want in a Lando show? 1:05:51 - SWMM Questionnaire 1:12:28 - How Kris discovered that he could do the Vader voice. Things to Check Out: ANH 10: Cantina Band Shot First (Minutes 46-50 with Star Wars Lawyer) - https://youtu.be/vMV5GadqP5o  Lando Calrissian Costuming Community (Facebook group)- https://www.facebook.com/groups/LandoCalrissianGroup/ Four Lando cosplayers doing the "Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man" meme at Star Wars Celebration: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarslawyer/video/7114406288074771755 "Before Long" (Lady Proxima song from Solo: A Star Wars Musical) by Steve Danielson (choirsteve): https://youtu.be/TRfG7zdxRg0 Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Musical Themes: 5. The Gang 3. Secrets 6. Han & Chewie 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "Maul's Call / Parting Ways (7M43-44-45)" "Lando's Jungle Room (7M46S)" "Dice & Roll" & "Sabacc Rematch / To Tatooine (7M47-48)" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? A galactic symphony 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? New answer: Deep dive into John Williams's mindset when he wrote his love themes: "Across the Stars," "Han Solo and the Princess," and "Princess Leia's Theme." Previous answer: A deeper dive into the Star Wars themes (motifs, etc) 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? New answer: The Prince of Egypt score and soundtrack (by Hans Zimmer and Stephen Schwartz), How to Train Your Dragon (composed by John Powell) Previous answer: Interstellar (composed by Hans Zimmer), Tron: Legacy (composed by Daft Punk), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (composed by Michael Giacchino) --------------- Guest: Star Wars Lawyer Podcast: Too Black Too Nerdy: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/too-black-too-nerdy-podcast/id1407139619 TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarslawyer?lang=en Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsLawyer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/starwarslawyer/ Linktree: https://linktr.ee/StarWarsLawyer ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    Solo 24: Better Call Maul (Minutes 116-120 with The Band Batch)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 215:50


    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?

    Solo 23: Tension Engine (Minutes 111-115 with Alex Ludwig)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 88:21


    Alex Ludwig AKA the Dies Irae Guru AKA  @Film Music Tropes  is back to discuss minutes 111-115 of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Spoiler: Alex and Xanthe noticed one Dies Irae reference each in these minutes, but they were completely different spots... In this episode, we also discuss "Jason Bourne in Space," fawn over the Secrets motif progression, and give John Powell a retrospective A on his voice leading homework.

    Solo 22: Herrmann Over Jaws (Minutes 106-110 with Suzen Tekla Kruglnska)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 113:33


    Suzen Tekla Kruglnska is here with me to discuss minutes 106-110 of Solo: A Star Wars Story! We talk about auditory illusions, the coaxium motif, John Powell's flowing scene transitions, and a potentially awkward music edit. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 04:13 - Beckett's "wheel spinning" music. 08:33 - Cliche or trope? In the ear of the beholder. 16:36 - Is there an abrupt edit here? 26:53 - Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos. 34:33 - Dryden is a villain. Why doesn't he have a musical theme? 45:46 - Everybody's faking it! 53:50 - Coaxium motif at the beginning of "Double Double Cross" 1:06:34 - Bernard Herrmann over Jaws. 1:12:31 - DSCH, Dies Irae motif (hi, Alex Ludwig), people holding axes in movies. 1:20:58 - Ta-da music during the big reveal. 1:27:57 - A spot where the music gets playful. 1:33:27 - Suzen's final thoughts about Solo and Star Wars music in general. 1:41:31 - SWMM Questionnaire Things Mentioned: Shostakovich - String Quartet 8, But Only When The DSCH Motif Is Played: https://youtu.be/DwxAyoy7DMA The Shining 2:37 - Episode 16: For Music Nerds - https://theshining237.com/2018/02/04/episode-16-for-music-nerds-with-musicologist-jonathan-stern/ Rosemary's Baby 6:66 - Episode 14: Komeda's Lullaby - https://theshining237.com/2020/09/19/episode-14-komedas-lullaby/ Witness movie clip (Samuel finds a picture of the murderer in a framed newspaper clipping, and Maurice Jarre's score kicks in) - https://youtu.be/LmdcbtSwX6Q Musical Themes: 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 3. Secrets 4. Han & Q'ira 5. The Gang Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "Qi'Ra Knows a Bit More Than Han (6M36-37-38)" "The Good Guy" Beginning of "Double-Double Cross (6M39-40)" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Droids. Flight. Pew. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? How do they come up with the sound of alien languages? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Rosemary's Baby (composed by Krzysztof Komeda) --------------- Guest: Suzen Tekla Kruglnska Twitter: https://twitter.com/skruglnska The Comedy Film Funnel (podcast with Joe Dator) - https://www.podash.com/podcast/5346477/ The Shining 2:37 (podcast) - https://theshining237.com Rosemary's Baby 6:66 (podcast) - https://theshining237.com/rosemarys-baby-666-episode-list/ ------------------ Want to continue the conversation on Discord? All patrons have access to the Friends of Xanthe Discord server, where we chat about all things Star Wars and music! The server is patron-only, for any level of support. https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    Solo 21: Shades of Revelation (Minutes 101-105 with Alex Cunningham)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 110:43


    The "Secrets" theme can be easy to miss, but not in minutes 101-105 of Solo: A Star Wars Story! The veil of secrecy is lifted as the "Secrets" motif cycles through a progression of revelatory chords leading to Crimson Dawn. This is one of Xanthe's favorite musical moments in the film. Alex Cunningham returns to the show to nerd out about it! Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 03:14 - Visual preview of these minutes. 11:33 - What makes the buildup to the Crimson Dawn reveal so interesting? 14:56 - Same pitch collection as Enfys Nest theme. 17:29 - Is the instrumentation gendered? 20:57 - How the harmony contributes to the buildup and reveal (plus some sweet, sweet Major 7th action). 30:12 - Timbral interaction between bass singers and bass flute. 32:06 - Addressing the whole Augie's Municipal Band and Emperor's Theme thingy. 36:26 - Does Frank Lehman have a list of how many variants of a theme are present in each movie? 45:32 - The chords matter in the "Secrets" theme. Otherwise, it's just 3 notes that arguably sound like Jurassic Park. 51:09 - Brief "March of the Resistance" cameo. 54:45 - Enfys Nest's accent, British accents in Star Wars for women, especially women of color. 1:02:01 - Alden Ehrenreich's performance. 1:07:02 - "Secrets" theme 7x: Cycling through the chord progression. (C Major, A half diminished 7, E minor, C minor, A7, Eb Major, C Major) 1:17:00 - Kurosawa-esque sound design on Savareen. 1:27:03 - Qi'ra's intuition about Han + the classic moviemaking time trick. 1:30:24 - Different interpretations of the harp during Beckett's goodbye. 1:33:56 - A critique about the Millennium Falcon takeoff sound. 1:43:05 - SWMM Questionnaire Things to Check Out: SWMM Solo 17: Adagio for L3 (minutes 81-85 with Lacey Gilleran) - https://youtu.be/cV9LHk05w20 All the ways to Power-up the Millennium Falcon (Supercut) (Bruce Kenobi) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQyRLge-_-U Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement (Every Frame a Painting) - https://youtu.be/doaQC-S8de8 Doctor Eleven from STATION ELEVEN (composed by Dan Romer) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj9-hx4Pgzg Theme to GIRLS5EVA - https://youtu.be/baaSjb-Cihs Combat Archery (Wayward Wolf) - https://youtu.be/MkAYRh0tuKc?t=273 Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Musical Themes: 2. Rebel Fanfare 7a. Enfys Nest 1 48a. March of the Resistance (A Section) 3. Secrets 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 5. The Gang Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "Savareen Stand-Off" & "Enfys' Stand-Off (6M35)" "Qi'Ra Knows a Bit More Than Han (6M36-37-38)" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Previous answer: John. Ben. James. New answer: John. Ben. James. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? Previous answer: What other sound designers does Ben Burtt admire? New answer: Who is on the foley team, and how do they think and talk about foley? Do they see themselves as sound designers, how do they approach their creative work? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Previous answer: Akira (composed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi), The Harder They Come (primarily featuring Jimmy Cliff) New answer: Station Eleven (composed by Dan Romer) --------------- Guest: Alex Cunningham Previous SWMM episode: ANH 21: Backstage Jitters (minutes 101-105) - https://youtu.be/95tApsOGqP8 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/muay_tie_fighter/ ------------------ If you want to support the show and join the Discord server, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin

    Solo 20: Savareen Tumbleweed (Minutes 96-100 with John Hoey)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 88:26


    The music and sound design truly form a symbiotic circle in minutes 96-100 of Solo: A Star Wars Story! John Hoey (from The Resistance Broadcast and #MakeSolo2Happen) joins Xanthe in a discussion about the striking soundscapes of Savareen. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 05:06 - Taking a listen to the beginning of these minutes. 10:31 - Lack of music leaves us guessing. 12:16 - Comparing Savareen (SOLO) with Tatooine (A NEW HOPE). 19:59 - Lando and Han's touching moment. 23:45 - John Powell's thoughts on Han and Qi'ra's theme. 34:48 - Han's lucky streak. 42:37 - Vibraphone cue bolstering the spare sound design. 47:11 - We "hear" the Cloud-riders (rumble) before we see them. 56:29 - Han unbuckling his holster is major Clint Eastwood vibes. 1:03:49 - Diagonal shot, Dutch angles. 1:10:17 - Recap of the various sound hierarchies observed in these minutes. 1:15:22 - SWMM Questionnaire. 1:21:11 - Make Solo 2 Happen. Things to Check Out: Vibraphone and Bow - Audio Loop and Resonance of Vibraphone (PLASTIKLOVA): https://youtu.be/zfTb8EQ-MUo Dutch angles: https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/dutch-angle-shot-camera-movement/ TLJ 10: Colors of the Wind (Minutes 46-50 with Justin Leo Kennedy): https://youtu.be/joH88DBjFFY Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Musical Themes: 1a. Main Theme (A Section) 2b. Young Han Solo (Searching Variant, comp. JW) 2. Rebel Fanfare 4. Han & Q'ira 3. Secrets] 7a. Enfys Nest 1 Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: End of "Into the Maw" and "Kessel Run in Less Than 12 Parsecs (5M32-33A-B-C)" "Savareen Tent (6M34)" "Enfys' Stand-Off (6M35)" and "Savareen Stand-Off" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Endlessly imaginative adventure. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? The future of Star Wars music. Will there be one main composer that takes over for John Williams, or will it continue being more of a per project thing like it is with Natalie Holt, Ludwig Göransson, etc? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Catch Me If You Can (composed by John Williams), Psycho (composed by Bernard Herrmann), The Batman (composed by Michael Giacchino), Man of the Steel (composed by Hans Zimmer) --------------- Guest: John Hoey #MakeSolo2Happen Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnnyHoey Resistance Broadcast (podcast): https://linktr.ee/resistancebroadcast Make Solo 2 Happen Shirts: https://resistancebroadcast.creator-spring.com/? Star Wars News Net: https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/ Just Like the Movies (podcast): https://anchor.fm/justlikethemovies ------------------ If you enjoyed this episode and want to show extra appreciation, feel free to buy me a coffee and shout out the guest! https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin If you want to support the show, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com

    Solo 19: The Kitchen Sink (Minutes 91-95 with Jon Solomon)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 120:57


    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 now mildly obsessed with. Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 08:39 - Placid chord when Lando says the L3 is part of the ship now. 18:37 - Stellar screen displays. 37:30 - Is this music as fast as music gets in Star Wars? What does "fast" mean? Strong beats? Density of notes? 43:53 - The difference between a smooth cross-country flight and a spaceship flying through a maelstrom with a giant multi-eyed creature in the middle of it. 46:41 - Loud MRI machines. 53:38 - What's up with this howling noise? 1:05:06 - Familiar themes but with a note tweaked to make it off-kilter. 1:09:27 - Cue vs. track vs. composition vs. score vs. recording vs. leitmotif vs. theme. Natural variation in themes. Skeleton vs. soft tissue, etc et. (I know, I know, how many times must I go on this spiel? Sorry!) 1:18:39 - Natural water filtration analogy. 1:25:18 - Multiple interpretation of the same howl/screech/alarm-ish sound. 1:40:25 - "Xanthe" shipyards? 1:45:24 - SWMM Questionnaire Things to Check Out: Jon and his daughter's Solo review: https://web.archive.org/web/20181106182944/https://phawker.com/2018/05/25/cinema-when-han-went-solo/ Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Themes: 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 8. L3-37 5. The Gang 2a. Young Han Solo (Searching, comp. JW) 1a. Main Theme (A Section) 2. Rebel Fanfare Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: End of "Reminiscence Therapy" (last minute) "Into the Maw" "Kessel Run in Less Than 12 Parsecs (5M32-33A-B-C)" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Jon: A low hum. Maggie: Inspiring. Magical. Home. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? Jon: Disney+ series of documentary shorts about how specific sound effects were made: lightsaber, Maggie: Foley stuff and how the TIE fighter scream was made. 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Jon: Dr. Who and pretty much everything from Delia Derbyshire and The BBC Radiophonic Workshop Maggie: Six (Toby Marlow/Lucy Moss), Come From Away (Irene Sankoff/David Hein), Wicked (Stephen Schwartz), Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) --------------- Guest: Jon Solomon All Star Wars radio show: http://keepingscoreathome.com/?p=4779 Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonsolomon Instagram: https://instagram.com/jonsolomon ------------------ If you enjoyed this episode and want to show extra appreciation, feel free to buy me a coffee and shout out the guest! https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin If you want to support the show, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com

    Solo 18: Powered By Thirds (Minutes 86-90 with Jeremy Sawruk)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 122:55


    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 - John Powell glue, "Corellia Chase," adding momentum by raising the bottom note. 31:05 - The parameters that composers can tweak to raise intensity: louder, faster, add instruments, make notes go higher, etc. 33:17 - Approaching a local climax. 39:02 - Octatonicity. Search: "octatonic scale composer secrets" 43:42 - Good. 52:23 - All of the thirds, Rebel Fanfare. 54:43 - Lasting legacy of the TIE Fighter Attack motif/Here They Come. Propulsive, asymmetric rhythm. Search: "composer rhythm secrets." 58:41 - Asteroid Field! 1:12:03 - Han and Chewie's diatonic theme sticks out in contrast to the highly chromatic Asteroid Field. 1:16:21 - Brief violin demonstration to show an example of idiomatic string writing. 1:26:11 - Is the brass out of tune in the Main Theme? 1:32:26 - Is the rhythm imitating Han's voice in this spot? 1:37:42 - Nearing the end of the minutes, fast octatonic/chromatic string lines. 1:41:33 - Chromatic mediants built into the octatonic scale. 1:46:45 - Jeremy's final thoughts and memories of seeing Solo for the first time. 1:52:16 - It takes two to tango, right? 1:57:25 - SWMM Questionnaire Things Referenced: Music Theory - Chromatic Mediants in 7 Minutes! (Guy Michelmore): https://youtu.be/EIvV77tLK9c Secrets Of FILM MUSIC Composers: Chromatic Mediants Made Easy (MusicTheoryForGuitar): https://youtu.be/Vlys5drfG_o Why Top Composers Use Chromatic Mediant Modulations (Rick Beato): https://youtu.be/dhXL3q7e-xc When Chords Won't Share (12tone video about chromatic mediants): https://youtu.be/BuQrGxyTeok Pieces Of Eight: Mysteries Of The Octatonic Scale (12tone): https://youtu.be/3aLBij3ycas Star Tours ride music (Disneyland): https://youtu.be/wBhm8VuZodw Music From the Star Wars Saga Deluxe Score (John Williams Signature Edition Orchestra): https://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.action?itemid=4491067 Jeremy Sawruk's previous SWMM episode: ANH 16: Orchestration Wars (Minutes 76-80) - https://youtu.be/1owmn96ALVY All Access: John Powell - Episode 2 (Film.Music.Media) - https://youtu.be/7k7CivccTVg Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Musical Themes: 14) Imperial Cruiser Pursuit 29) Attacking A Star Destroyer 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 2. Rebel Fanfare 8. L3-37 8. TIE Fighter Attack 6. Han & Chewie 26) Asteroid Field Main Theme 27) Asteroid Field Subsidiary Motif 102) Whirling Octatonicism Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "Reminiscence Therapy" "Kessel Run in Less Than 12 Parsecs (5M32-33A-B-C)" STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? New answer: Big octatonic brass Previous answer: Opera without words 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? New answer: The score for Obi-Wan Kenobi. Previous answer: Musical / orchestrational “filler” and sound effects/foley 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? New answer: Star Trek by Jerry Goldsmith, Wall-E by Thomas Newman Previous answers: North by Northwest by Bernard Herrmann, Loki by Natalie Holt, Catch Me If You Can by John Williams Guest: Jeremy Sawruk Twitter: https://twitter.com/composer314 ------------------ If you want to support the show, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Buy Me a Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com

    Solo 17: Adagio for L3 (Minutes 81-85 with Lacey Gilleran)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 93:30


    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 Han Solo's Searching theme, ascending 21:40 - Music as a strong guiding hand. 24:44 - Gravitational pull of the pedal point, Lando's denial, stratospheric strings. 34:19 - Sound mixing when Lando is in the shock-grief bubble. 38:42 - Is this a reference to Han and Leia? 52:12 - One of Lacey's favorite shots in Star Wars. 59:39 - Things sound different on the Falcon because of the room change. 1:02:31 - Rebel Fanfare offers heroic glimpses into the future while the Young Han Heroic theme represents Han settling back into himself for now. 1:04:42 - Listening to L3's death, tragic strings, solo trumpet like military funerals. 1:13:20 - How the Solo novelization depicts L3's death (including from her POV)... 1:22:19 - SWMM Questionnaire 1:30:49 - Goodbye and where to find Lacey Gilleran and Resistance Broadcast. Things to Check Out: Resistance Broadcast's interview with John Powell: https://youtu.be/Ujm6aLuN7yQ "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber (Detroit Symphony Orchestra) - https://youtu.be/N3MHeNt6Yjs Han Solo and the Princess reference in Solo? https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin/status/1521286245162254337 "Han Solo and the Princess" from The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams) - https://youtu.be/zIQLjKJ2Yto Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Musical Themes: 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 9. Fakery 8. L3-37 2a. Young Han Solo (Searching, comp. JW) 5. The Gang Brief reference to Han & Leia (B Section)? 2. Rebel Fanfare 5. Death Star Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: Most of "Break Out" "Extra Deluxe Mine Mission (4M30B-5M30C-31)" Very beginning of "Reminiscence Therapy" and["Kessel Run in Less Than 12 Parsecs (5M32-33A-B-C)" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Emotional. Sweeping. Adventure. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? How do composers figure out what a character sounds like? Ex: How did John Williams decide what Rey and Yoda sounded like? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Howl's Moving Castle (composed by Joe Hisaishi), Pirates of the Caribbean (composed by Klaus Badelt and produced by Hans Zimmer), Pride and Prejudice (composed by Dario Marianelli), Coco (composed by Michael Giacchino with original songs by various artists), Tron: Legacy (composed by Daft Punk). --------------- Guest: Lacey Gilleran Twitter: https://twitter.com/laceygilleran Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laceygilleran/ Resistance Broadcast linktree: https://linktr.ee/resistancebroadcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/starwarsnewsnetvideos Resistance Broadcast on Star Wars News Net: https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/category/podcast ------------------ If you enjoyed this episode and want to show extra appreciation, feel free to buy me a coffee and shout out the guest! https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin If you want to support the show, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com

    Solo 16: Contrapuntal Droid Rebellion (Minutes 76-80 with Riley Silverman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 116:21


    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 droids in Star Wars 11:06 - Didactic & diegetic 14:35 - "Mine Mission" counterpoint 29:33 - Oasis of friendship, then back to the mission 36:36 - How music scales with size and scope. 45:50 - Tense action cue while Han moves the canisters. 48:11 - Coaxium music - dangerous, delicate, destiny? 56:21 - Solo interconnectivity, Solo criticism, Kathleen Kennedy, misguided Alden Ehrenreich blame. 1:03:58 - I love old characters. 1:14:42 - Screw the mine mission! My buddy's back! 1:19:47 - L3 is focused on her revolutionary ideals, but her revolution begins as an afterthought. 1:22:37 - Listener question: Do droids listen to music? 1:27:25 - Are droids capable of music composition? Playing instruments? Tangent about AI, art, and creativity. 1:39:52 - SWMM Questionnaire Things Mentioned: ANH 5: Hologram Opera (with Aiden Feltkamp) - https://youtu.be/MCzKs1MjefE Counterpoint is the relationship between two or more musical lines (or voices) which are harmonically interdependent yet independent in rhythm and melodic contour. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpoint Imitation is the repetition of a melody in a polyphonic texture shortly after its first appearance in a different voice. The melody may vary through transposition, inversion, or otherwise, but retain its original character. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imitation_(music) Invention: a short composition (usually for a keyboard instrument) in two-part counterpoint. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention_(musical_composition) Bach - Invention No. 1 in C Major with sheet music - https://youtu.be/R4IzqJtD4dM "One Day More" from Les Miserables - https://youtu.be/4TbQfgfzvoE Well-Tempered Clavier (J.S. Bach), Book 1, Kimiko Ishizaka, piano - https://youtu.be/nPHIZw7HZq4 Beethoven X: The AI Project - https://www.beethovenx-ai.com/ (Review) The Intelligence of Bodies: The philosophical and musical failings of “Beethoven X: The AI Project” - https://van-magazine.com/mag/jan-swafford-beethoven-x/ Evolution of Star Trek Series Music Theme (1966-2020) | VioDance - https://youtu.be/h8MkYdtU61Y bookshop.org Themes: 8. L3-37 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 5. The Gang 6. Han & Chewie Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "Mine Mission" "Break Out" "Extra Deluxe Mine Mission (4M30B-5M30C-31)" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? New answer: Epic space magic. Previous answer: Epic space magic. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? New answer: How many different screams are there? (like the Wilhelm scream) Previous answer: How do people go about designing music for a scene or character in the first place? Writers start with a blank page and somehow use words to convey scenes; what is the musical/sound version of that process like? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? New answer: Gentlemen Jack (composed by Murray Gold), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (composed by Danny Elfman) Previous answer: Doctor Who, which has gone through dozens of composers over the decades. The original theme was composed by Ron Grainer and realized by Delia Derbyshire. Murray Gold was the composer from 2005 to 2017. --------------- Guest: Riley Silverman Star Wars: Exploring Tatooine: An Illustrated Guide (coming August 2022 -- preorder now, if you're seeing this before then!) https://www.rileysilverman.com/books Twitter: https://twitter.com/rileyjsilverman Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rileysilverman/ Star Wars Music Minute ANH 15: Band of Weirdos (minutes 71-75) https://youtu.be/Pfip5QleeZ0 ------------------ If you enjoyed this episode and want to show extra appreciation, feel free to buy me a coffee and shout out the guest! https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin If you want to support the show, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com

    Solo 15: Do You Like It? (Minutes 71-75 with Christina Ward)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 87:18


    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, Britten, large interval leaps, unified instrument sections 22:02 - Qi'ra and the gang walk out to greet the Pykes. Music leaves space for dialogue. 24:53 - Jaws-esque half steps. 27:49 - Sparkly Main Theme for chance cubes shot. 29:30 - Rooting (but not rooting) for Han and Qi'ra. 33:48 - Buildup before they break their disguises. Contrary motion. 42:38 - The droid that steals the show! 47:35 - Composers conveying instructions to performers. How would we notate this droid sound? 55:02 - Humor, Qi'ra, "murder complete." 1:00:35 - The beginning of "Mine Mission" is curious, hopeful. 1:07:48 - Listeners with good droid ears, what do you think the droid is saying? 1:08:40 - Liberation, liberation, liberation, liberation! 1:10:45 - Final thoughts about minutes 71-75 of Solo. 1:14:49 - SWMM Questionnaire Things to Check Out: Benjamin Britten - The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra | Saraste | WDR Symphony Orchestra - https://youtu.be/4vbvhU22uAM Elgar: Enigma Variations / Boian Videnoff - Mannheimer Philharmoniker - https://youtu.be/6bkCEKD_Hhg Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Musical Themes: 5. The Gang 9. Fakery 1a. Main Theme (A Section) 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 8. L3-37 Where are we in the soundtrack?: "Oksana Floren, yadda yadda yadda (4M30A)" - pretty much the whole track "Mine Mission" - first 40 seconds "Extra Deluxe Mine Mission (4M30B-5M30C-31)" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Heartfelt. Direct. Dramatic. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? What are the thematic relationships that tie the dark side with Imperialism, musically speaking? Similarly, what musical relationships tie the light side with rebellion and goodness? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Dune (music composed by Hans Zimmer, sound team led by Mark Mangini and Theo Green) --------------- Guest: Christina Ward Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xtnaaastina/ Kyvi the Water Nymph: https://www.instagram.com/kyvi_waternymph/ ------------------ If you enjoyed this episode and want to show extra appreciation, feel free to buy me a coffee and shout out the guest! https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin Consider becoming a patron! https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com

    Solo 14: Romance Roller Coaster (Minutes 66-70 with Crystal Beth)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 79:18


    "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 the full cue. 17:16 - Buzzkill version in the film. 22:25 - Wanting to be sold on Han + Qi'ra's passion. Why this scene perhaps doesn't feel "true." 25:34 - Why it's harder to talk about music than other aspects of film. 32:02 - Xanthe's mic goes AWOL... back at 32:18. 39:07 - Thoughts about musical fan service, appreciating the Easter eggs 42:54 - Too soon for a Han movie? Desensitization. 50:08 - Fav Star Wars books? 53:30 - Comedian's perspective on L3-37 vs. K2SO vs. Peli Motto vs. Poe. Dryness, grounded-ness, casualness, improvisation. 59:15 - Crew of Solos? 1:02:01 - The "business" of a scene (in relation to L3 and Qi'ra's private chat). 1:12:15 - Rundown of musical themes and soundtrack titles from these minutes. 1:13:26 - SWMM Questionnaire Things to Check Out: A Brief History of Cue Numbering: http://musicbehindthescreen.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-brief-history-of-cue-numbering.html "Lando's Closet" from Solo: A Star Wars Story (John Powell): https://youtu.be/wummwZCt5s0 Angels in the Outfield - Ranch Wilder fired: https://youtu.be/tsiAhizVOKs Chrysanthe on Star Wars Minute mentioning that they are NOT a fan of the L3 stuff: https://youtu.be/ybX1EzzP7S4 Crystal Beth on Star Wars Minute mentioning that she IS a fan of the L3 stuff: https://youtu.be/hiSYhmUetU0 Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Themes: 4. Han & Q'ira 3. Secrets 2. Rebel Fanfare 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "Lando's Closet" or "Lando's Closet (4M28)" "Trust No One (4M29)" This also shows up in the Shazam test: "Super Extra Deluxe End Credits Suite (7MEC)" --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Home. Excited. Adventure. 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? All of it. Everything. 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Contact (composed by Alan Silvestri) --------------- Guest: Crystal Beth Website: https://thecrystalbeth.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheCrystalBeth Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecrystalbeth/ The Fifth Eleminute podcast: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/pn3tj-4aa52/The-Fifth-Eleminute-Podcast ------------------ Want to support the show and join our Discord server? Consider becoming a patron! https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWarsMusMin Instagram: https://instagram.com/starwarsmusicminute Buy Me A Coffee: https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin Email: podcast@starwarsmusicminute.com

    Solo 13: Millennium Pop Anthem (Minutes 61-65 with Dan Golding)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 106:28


    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 franchise, and more. Turns out there are lots of great conversation starters in minutes 61-65 of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 03:56 - Listening to the beginning of the minutes. 09:43 - Do various Solo themes all kinda sound the same? 17:36 - Harry Potter + Nightmare Before Christmas vibes when they're walking up to the Millennium Falcon. 24:43 - Listening to the Millennium Falcon reveal moment. 25:38 - Luke's theme (the Star Wars Main Theme), John Powell's internal logic in using it, reminiscence therapy. 31:50 - Pop chords, The Rise of Skywalker trailer. 38:12 - The Solo trailer. 41:26 - Anthemic Main Theme. Augmented melody, metrical shift that emphasizes strong beats, simple harmony, suspensions, violin tremolo upper pedal point, choir "ahhh"... it's full bore! 45:16 - Dan's out-of-the-box personal choir, ongoing debate in film music re: mixing real instruments in a way that purposely makes them sound like digital instruments. 55:45 - Effortless weaving of themes. 57:47 - Enfys Nest briefly shows up, percussive 3-note pattern, hear me out: Shostakovich String Quartet No.8 Mvt. 4? 1:09:55 - Thumbs up to John Powell's underscoring. 1:15:07 - Donald Glover's vocal performance. 1:21:43 - Does the Millennium Falcon deserve its own theme? Discussion about leitmotif-based film scoring, how it's not always necessary. 1:35:40 - How media can cheat death, memorializing characters, nostalgia, Kodak's (unpublished) Death Campaign of 1932. 1:42:10 - SWMM Questionnaire 1:44:48 - Laying down the gauntlet for Frank Lehman :) Things Mentioned + Things to Check Out: fugue (music term): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugue Dan Golding's previous SWMM appearance was for ANH 18: The Swashbucklers - https://youtu.be/5xFFLXruO0Y "What's This" from The Nightmare Before Christmas (by Danny Elfman) - https://youtu.be/yd8t1f1U2xs 4 Chords | Music Videos | The Axis Of Awesome - https://youtu.be/oOlDewpCfZQ Twenty Thousand Hertz episode that talks about the "four chords" - https://www.20k.org/episodes/progressionobsession Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Final Trailer - https://youtu.be/8Qn_spdM5Zg Lady Gaga - Alejandro - https://youtu.be/06MV87zoZaY "Test Drive" from How To Train Your Dragon (by John Powell) - https://youtu.be/IpPIK4T068s Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Trailer - https://youtu.be/jPEYpryMp2s Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: IV. Largo (St. Lawrence String Quartet) - https://youtu.be/QN6YUEawmJo How the music score for the 1978 feature film Watership Down came together - http://www.angelamorley.com/site/watercues.htm Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman): https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Musical Themes: 1a. Main Theme (A Section) 5. The Gang 7a. Enfys Nest 1 2b. Young Han Solo (Searching Variant, comp. JW) 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 8. L3-37 2a. Young Han Solo (Searching, comp. JW) Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?: "L3 & Millennium Falcon" or "L3 & Millennium Falcon (3M26)" - whole thing "Family Stories (4M27)" - whole thing --------------- STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Nimble orchestral nostalgia. Previous answer: Mythic orchestral memory 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? What will Natalie Holt's soundtrack for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series sound like? (this episode was recorded prior to the Kenobi premiere) Previous answer: Given all the new directions that various Star Wars scores have gone since John Williams was at the helm (ex. Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, etc), will we ever return to the original sort of orchestral sound? If so, how will we get there? It takes a specific set of talents to make this kind of music. Trying new things is great, but will Star Wars ever be able to return to the sound in that same way? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Watership Down (composed by Angela Morley) Previous answer: Vertigo (composed by Bernard Herrmann) --------------- Guest: Dan Golding Book: Star Wars After Lucas by Dan Golding: https://dangolding.com/star-wars-after-lucas/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dangolding Website: https://dangolding.com/ Art of the Score podcast: https://www.artofthescore.com.au/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DanGoldingVideoEssays Bandcamp: https://dangolding.bandcamp.com/ Screen Sounds on ABC: https://www.abc.net.au/classic/programs/screen-sounds/ ------------------ If you enjoyed this episode and want to show extra appreciation, feel free to buy me a coffee and shout out the guest! https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin If you want to support the show, consider becoming a patron!  https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show...   https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Where else to find SWMM: Spotify: https://smarturl.it/swmm-spotify Apple Podcasts: https://smarturl.it/swmm-apple YouTube: https://youtube.com/starwarsmusicminute TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@starwarsmusicminute? 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