‘The Force Awakens’ Trailers – Musical Analysis

Long-time JWFan contributor Frank Lehman writes about the music in the three trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in a special article for the American Musicology Society:

“While the manipulation (and manipulativeness) of themes in these trailers tugs the listeners backwards, there are signs of our current musical times too. This is most apparent in the increasingly obvious use of digital processing, and decreasingly “old-fashioned” sound to the trailers. [...] These are mannerisms like exceptionally reverberant piano notes and indistinct bass thuds, injecting extra punch into Williams’s music like sonic steroidal supplements.”

Full article: Trailers, Tonality, and the Force of Nostalgia, by Frank Lehman

‘Star Wars Musical’ Sequel – Crowdfunding Campaign

For Immediate Release

Disney Musical Parody of Star Wars Excites Fans

Imagine going on a magic carpet ride with Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi – or fighting Stormtroopers alongside Mulan. The Star Wars Musical leads you on a trip down memory lane by taking the best of Disney’s classic hits and Star Wars’ legacy combined into a parody of Episode IV: A New Hope, the original film in the Star Wars saga. Created by a team of fervent Star Wars and Disney-loving fans and professional talents, Star Wars Musical couples the realm of Star Wars with a magical wonderland of Disney that utilizes elements of animation and live action.

You can watch the production here:

Intrada Announces JAWS 2 (2CD)

Jaws2IntradaJAWS 2 (2CD)
Composed and Conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS
Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 331
Date: 1978
Time: 101:48
Tracks: 43

Excitement for John Williams fans! Long-awaited 2-CD expanded release of popular Jaws 2 soundtrack gets premiere release! Williams created what might be cinema’s most iconic theme of all time with two-note “shark” motif for Spielberg’s 1975 masterpiece Jaws. The “Best Score” Academy Award was a result. For 1978’s sequel under director Jeannot Szwarc and returning star Roy Scheider, John Williams anchors with famed motif for low strings, but from there creates all-new material that widens scope of both sea-worthy adventure and terrifying action. Rousing material for sailing sequences balance with ferocious shark attack sequences on water skiers, helicopter, various boaters. For finish to score, Williams fashions incredibly exciting finale with stunning fortissimo coda, one of his most dazzling!

‘The Force Awakens’ Actors Attend Last Recording Session

Actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley attended the last recording session for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took place this week in Los Angeles On Wednesday, the actors posted Instagram photos of their visit to the Disney Recording Studios, where they posed with the Maestro once the session was over.
Williams_Boyega1Williams_Boyega_Ridley1(photos via Boyega’s Twitter and Ridley’s Instagram account – click to enlarge)