10/25/2012

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I've always loved the sound of the lightsabers in Star Wars. They just sound exactly like what you'd imagine a shimmering beam of energy would be like. Yet I never really thought about what it must have been like to try to come up with a sound for something unlike anything anyone had heard before. That's why I found this video interview with Ben Burtt fascinating, where he explains how he came up with the lightsaber sound, and how he achieved it.



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8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

An old movie projector, a TV, and someone waving around a microphone - interesting combination. Amazes me how foley artists come up with sound effects.

Pat Dilloway said...

I already knew that from the ill-fated Star Wars blogfest trivia contest.

Melissa Bradley said...

Wow! I just love foley artists. Sounds are their color palette and they hear things I would never notice or think about.Thanks for sharing.

asrap virtuoso said...

Haha... probably one of the most iconic sounds ever...

Nigel Mitchell said...

I agree, that was amazing to hear how he was able to imagine the sound before he found a way to create it

Nigel Mitchell said...

It certainly is, Alex

Nigel Mitchell said...

I'd heard this, too, Pat, but I thought his process of developing it was interesting.

spacerguy said...

lightsabers sound super deadly. Thats a given but what happens when he meets a bad guy with a gun?

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