The Sound of the Force

This article doesn't include spoilers, but includes character details from 'The Force Awakens'. (Courtesy photo)

This article doesn't include spoilers, but includes character details from 'The Force Awakens'. (Courtesy photo)

The Music Of Star Wars

Throughout the prequel trilogy, original trilogy and now the sequel trilogy, there are four reoccurring presences in every movie [so far] throughout the entire Star Wars franchise: the Force, R2D2, C-3PO, and composer John Williams. 

Williams has been working with Lucasfilm since 1977, in which he used the London Symphony Orchestra for the first two trilogies and now with new Director, JJ Abrams on the latest, Episode VII: The Force Awakens in which he used a 'freelance' Orchestra from Los Angeles.

Williams has created timeless scores for the series that embody classical music, but carry their own sense of something you'll find out of a "Space Opera" that don't waver or become outdated over a span of almost 40 years.

His musical contributions are widely known throughout decades of modern film music. Even those who aren't that in to Star Wars, or even seen any of the movies are able to recognize the Star Wars theme song and Darth Vader's theme song, the 'Imperial Death March'. 

In a recent interview with Andrew Collins, Harrison Ford describes what it was like hearing the soundtrack for the first time [years ago. In fact, they got to hear the soundtrack before they even got to see the completed film with special effects]. "The power of the music and the visual together were trans-formative; not just for me, but basically for the film as a language. It was unbelievable."

 The entire quote can be heard here.

The Music In Star Wars

Though the Star Wars franchise include some of the most celebrated films of all time, there's no doubt that music makes up certain important components. For example, just how detailed George Lucas made this entire universe. Apart from articulately named spacecrafts, weapons, species and planets; George Lucas also included two bands (music was written by John Williams of course) within the original trilogy. 

  • The Max Rebo Band - Which appears in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, was a 12 member group of eclectic alien species that played at Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tattooine they play sort of a space pop soul-esque song titled 'Jedi Rocks'.
  • Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes - Appearing in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, consists of seven Bith [species of alien] that play a gig at Mos Eisley Cantina. Their space-jazzy song 'Mad About Me' is playing when Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan enter the cantina to find a way off Tatooine. Perhaps Tatooine is the music capital in space?

Musicians and Star Wars

On a different note, while the music of Star Wars is highly celebrated and recognizable, one actor in the new installment The Force Awakens, actually got his start by playing in two ska bands: The Worms and Blinking Underdogs.

Remezcla wrote an article about how Guatemalan-Cuban-American actor Oscar Isaac, known as badass rebel pilot Poe Dameron in the film, was actually a musician known as Oscar Hernandez who went to Julliard before he started his career in acting. 

There are actually two bands from Texas [that I know of anyway] whose names were heavily influenced by Star Wars. 

The first being Eisley, an indie rock band from Tyler, Texas that got their name from the Mos Eisley Cantina where the Modal Nodes perform on Tattooine. 

The second being one of Austin's most celebrated psych bands, Ringo Deathstarr, who pay homage to not only the least favorite Beatle Ringo Starr, but as well to the Empire's most dangerous weapon that Luke Skywalker blows up in Episode IV A New Hope, the Death Star.

Other Star Wars and Music Relations

In 2001, when filming Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, daughters of Director George Lucas and Producer Rick McCallum pretty much convinced their fathers to allow their all time favorite boy band NSYNC to make a cameo. 

So much so that Joey Fatone told Huffington Post that a couple of the members of the band had filmed two different scenes as Jedi knights. However, other members of the band were too tired  after tour to participate in the film, and Lucas had cut their scenes all together from the film. We do however, still have this very funny skit from Saturday Night Live poking fun at the whole situation. 

Music is crucial to in make's Star Wars so recognizable is the music behind it. School bands and orchestras all over the world have helped preserve the universal aspect of the films by performing the music at symphonies, half-time during football games and in this case, Quebec School Ecole de l'Harmoine St. Edouard and Ecole La Seigneurie students dressed up as young padiwan Jedis performing Yoda's Theme Song at a movie theater in Canada using lightsaber bows for their violins... pretty freaking cool.