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Monday, 27 November 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: WIRED FOR SOUND!

Ben Burtt at work on STAR WARS. Note all the early storyboards around him.

Knowing that sound and sound design were going to be such an important and 'organic' part of their cinematic space fantasy, George Lucas and Gary Kurtz certainly hit pay dirt with their discovery and cultivation of enthused young sound design genius Ben Burtt, hungry to work on the film and seeing its potential straight away, emergent with acclaim from USC and with a passion for all kinds of sounds around the world. Operating from the basement of George Lucas's Parkway home for the most part, Burtt's epic contributions to the film, especially linked to Artoo Detoo, Chewbacca, the lightsaber hum and many, many more iconic sounds, has not diminished.

http://www.starwars.com/video/ben-burtt-interview-the-sound-of-lightsabers

1993 interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWiuKNPqkko

2018: A nostalgic trip with Ben Burtt back to the original location of Sprocket Systems:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K6YUPXLI2o&feature=youtu.be


Burtt's behind the sounds book of the six-film saga. An essential purchase.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sounds-Star-Wars-J-Rinzler/dp/0857200763/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1511793850&sr=8-8&keywords=sounds+of+star+wars+book

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