Today on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, sound legend Ben Burtt and author J.W. Rinzler spoke to host Liane Hansen about the history of the saga's dynamic and iconic audio environment. Rinzler recently wrote a book called The Sounds of Star Wars, for which Burtt wrote the foreword. (You can see TFN's video review of the book here.) In the interview, Burtt described George Lucas's goal of making the sounds "organic" and "real-world," as opposed to the mostly-synthetic sounds of contemporary sci-fi films. Rinzler explained how the interactive Sounds book came about, and noted that Burtt was initially worried about how sounds would come through on the book's tiny speaker. (It was his idea to include an audio jack to allow fans to plug in their own headphones or speakers.)
You can listen to the ten-minute interview here on NPR's website. There are also two bonus clips where Burtt describes how he created the Millennium Falcon and Death Star Superlaser noises.
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