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  • Star Wars: The Music Video

    Posted by Chris Bové on May 20, 2005 at 7:05 pm

    No, I’m not a spoiler. If ya haven’t seen Episode 3 yet, it’s OK to read on…

    This is a stylistic question regarding music beds. I popped in the DVD of Episode 4 (1977) last night after I got back from seeing Ep3. There’s a vast difference (thirty years of visual effects aside) when it comes to music. Specifically, when not to use it. In the newer 3 films, music is laced under nearly every frame of video. In the older 3 movies (1977, 1980, 1983), there are many moments… now that I look back… that I’m so glad were nat-sound only.

    Then I got to thinking – there’s some kind of music, long notes, low rumble, cymbal rides, or keyboard crap playing in nearly everything now, all the time. I hope the appreciation for listening to life without a soundtrack isn’t fading. Somewhere, deep in the gray squiggles of my melon, I’m hoping that audiences are getting aggitated at being spoon-fed unnecessary orchestrations. Then again, nowadays you can program special ringtones for your dry cleaner’s.

    And I wonder why my ears ring when I get out to the mountains.

    \`(=)`/…Pixel Monkey

    David Mcsween replied 18 years, 9 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Mike Cohen

    May 24, 2005 at 1:45 pm

    Agree, I do.

    Some time ago I heard about a film professor at some university who had acquired a copy of Star Wars without music or sound effects, used to teach students how sound influences picture.

  • David Mcsween

    May 28, 2005 at 8:05 am

    Yes they even themed the sound effects for each scene, that prelude to Darth Vader’s breathing in (I think) the chancellor’s chamber, was really annoying!

    And “Goodbye Chewbacca my old friend”, what was that?! I know they are both supposed to be old but really, aren’t there any other damn Wookies on that planet?



    David Mcsween
    Editor ABC Brisbane, Australia

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