Friday, May 27, 2016

Video: 'Hearing Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By: Benjamin Hart

While Star Wars has also been beloved for its stunning visuals, what we see on screen would not have near the impact if it wasn't for what we hear. Sound design is key in any film, but Star Wars takes it to a whole other level with incredibly iconic sounds such as the Lightsabers, blasters, Droids, aliens ships, and much more. Legendary sound designer Ben Burtt created many of those sounds during the production of A New Hope in the mid-1970's and subsequently went on to work on all six of the original Star Wars films.

Now, in the wake of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we have a whole new collection of sounds to enjoy, as well as some old favorites. Burtt returned to work on the seventh installment in the saga alongside supervising sound editors Matthew Wood and David Acord. The Force Awakens is full of interesting sounds, some you've heard before, like the the scream of TIE Fighters, the firing of Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster and Chewbacca roars. The film also introduced a plethora of new sounds, including BB-8's voice, the sizzle of Kylo Ren's Lightsaber, and the terrifying roars of the Rathtars.

A new supercut video created Zackery Ramos-Taylor brings attention the incredible sound design of The Force Awakens, quickly cycling through an assortment of sounds. Everything from Han Solo punching a Kanjiklub member to Starkiller base firing is in there. Be sure to watch, and listen, below:

Hearing Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Zackery Ramos-Taylor on Vimeo.

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