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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (John Williams)

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Saga Continuity and AOTC Score Sound Quality
• Posted by: E. Mulder   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at 4:23 p.m.
• IP Address: gis109-174.oprit.rug.nl
• In Response to: Re: Re-scoring Episode IV (Lux)

> I disagree. ANH is definitely not the best star wars score. It's
> definitely great, but Empire is definitely equal if not better. But that's
> not the point I want to make.

> It was made very clear in Episode II, that both as Darth Vader's theme AND
> as the Imperial March, they are trying to musically connect the sagas.
> That old imperial theme just ruins the flow. ESPECIALLY the absence of it
> used as Darth Vader's theme. I have listened to the soundtrack of A New
> Hope recently, and tried to imagine each instance of that theme being
> replaced with the current Imperial March, and they're about the same
> length, and if done properly, could be fit in seamlessly and tie the saga
> together better.

> And that old theme only VAGUELY sounds like the Federation march. I didn't
> think it made a whole lot of sense to use the federation march when
> obi-wan saw the droids, but it was too early in the movie to use the
> imperial march. So..you could kind of call that a general army
> theme...plus when you get down to it, the same guys are behind both armies
> anyway. But you know, a lot of themes, when they work right have been used
> in places where they don't make sense. Most obvious is the Yoda theme
> during the droid foundry...but let's not get into that whole editing
> disaster. I'm referring to more like, Yoda's theme in the "Luke it's
> a trap!" scene from empire...or Leia's theme when Ben dies. They
> worked for the scenes..but did not involve those characters.

> Anyway...even if the old imperial theme isn't COMPLETELY erased..it would
> still be good SOMEWHERE once or twice to include the imperial march. Just
> for a couple of Vader moments, and a couple of Death Star moments. It
> would blend the saga together better which is what George wants to do. And
> the music is the best way to do that.

> There's also rumors of adding more scenes to all three movies for the DVD
> release..but you know...who know's what that's gonna mean.

If Lucas is so concerned about continuity in the saga, why then were the emperor's eyes and voice so different in TESB? Seems like they weren't that happy about his design after all. It should have been altered in the special edition. Also, the Jabba creature in TPM (great music there by the way, I didn't recognize Jabba's theme for over a year) looked more like the one in ROTJ than ANH, while he's much younger in TPM... strange! And Vader doesn't sound and look as cool to me in ANH than in the sequels, but that may have been due to an in-Star Wars suit change by Vader.

Concerning AOTC album sound quality: I don't mind that it's rather compressed/dry sounding. It could have been done intentionally to give it more of an own identity (see a.o. Californication, if i may be so bold to drag that kind of music into this realm). Anyway, TPM sounded over-reverbed to me, too computer enhanced.




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