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  1. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    Also, the Rebel fanfare is teased throughout, with these being potential quotes :59-1:17 1:48-2:11 -- :31 also seems to be a hint but probably doesn't count. The leitmotivic sense is beside the point (I believe that was a discussion that's been had). I just mean usually you'd see a distinction made between Rey's theme A, Rey's theme intro, Rey's theme B, etc. in write ups like this.
  2. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    Is this the Imperial theme? The brass in Spaceport at 1:04 Also, the list is great. One question, would it make sense to distinguish between Han Searching A and B section?
  3. Yep, that bit in Corellia Chase got me thinking of their connection in the first place. Good stuff.
  4. Here’s a question, it’s seems like people feel like the two main sections of Han’s theme are melodically different enough to be separate ideas, but what about the third section? To my untrained ears, it sound like a halfway point between the two - like it could be a B section to either theme. So what’s the analysis of the third section from people who understand music composition?
  5. This all makes sense to me, though I'm not sure why the B-section of the main title qualifies and Rey's doesn't.
  6. So where do we end up on the "is it two themes or two parts of one theme" debate now that we've all heard it? I'm no expert, but from what I hear there is a first distinct melody (the "heroic" one), then another (the "searching"), then finally a third (which is more clearly a counter melody to the "searching"). The fact that the searching theme seems to have it's own B section makes me think that it's two themes, but then again the searching theme itself feels like a B section to the heroic theme. I don't know, I really don't know much about this stuff. All I know is that Rey's theme has like 5 different sections, so I'm inclined to say they're all just parts of one theme.
  7. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    I'd definitely like to see another composer take the next non-Williams SW film, though if they do a sequel to Solo I really want Powell back. I'd rather SW not fall into the Marvel trap of "new composer, new themes for all the characters!"
  8. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    One of my favorite little cameos is the Rebel fanfare here: from 1:49-2:11
  9. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    Okay, so anyone who's listened to the soundtrack will know I'm talking about "Reminiscence Therapy." Starts with a Death Star motif, goes into a bit from "Imperial Cruiser Pursuit," then "Attacking a Star Destroyer," then later has "Tie Fighter Attack (Here They Come)," various bits of "The Asteroid Field," some of which he does some cool variations on, and that stuff that sounds like "The Battle of Crait," which admittedly is also in the title suite Williams composed. I will say, on first impression of the soundtrack, Powell's best use of an existing theme is the main title when Solo sees the Falcon for the first time ("L3 & Millennium Falcon"), and in general I appreciate his use and interpretations of that theme and the Rebel fanfare, which is what I was hoping for from him in that regard (and little or no Force theme). I really like Han's theme, and am still trying to get into the other stuff, but I like it too, and melodically find it fits very well into the existing Star Wars soundscape.
  10. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    Nope! Just wasted 2+ hours of my day looking. The worst part was I went to stores where it *said* it was in stock but there weren’t any there.
  11. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    The obvious Asteroid Field melody is used briefly during, yes, a bit with asteroids, but other parts of the cue are used too (as well as maybe “Attacking a Star Destroyer” if I remember correctly?). It’s all during one big action set piece sequence which make me think there was some temp music editing involved. Interested what other people heard and if this stuff is on the OST.
  12. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    Saw the film, really liked the music. There’s some modern stuff in there but it seems to fit well with the mostly orchestral score. Good to hear the spinoffs moving slightly away from the strict Williams style. I liked the Han theme, but it was hard to keep track of it (though it was usually easy assume when it was playing). I guess this is one of the downsides of having so many themes, the main one isn’t majorly prominent (I can see why Powell would want to work in some of his own thematic material too), though it is of course in there quite a bit. One thing that was really interesting was how Powell handled the old Williams material. He wasn’t just referencing themes or motifs, but specific film cues (temp love?). I caught the Asteroid Field and Here They Come (obviously), a track with the Death Star motif (the specific one of which I’m forgetting), and I think the Battle of Crait? And that was all in one sequence. For the most part though the quotes were done sparingly and fittingly (more so than Giacchino, I think). Will pick up the CD tomorrow.
  13. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    So there's a "Han" theme, a "Chewbacca" theme, and a "Han and Chewbacca" theme?
  14. The theme is just very light. Especially when it comes to TLJ, which is mostly a fairly heavy and dramatic film, the more epic Force theme is simply a bit more fitting most of the time. When it comes to the light, breezy, fun moments, the Rebel fanfare just seems to be the more versatile or easier to quote option in the middle of the action. Otherwise Luke's theme and the Rebel fanfare are essentially interchangeable at this point. I'd argue that its association with Luke more explains its frequency in the OT, rather than its infrequency elsewhere. A lot of its usage in the OT was just mundane things like Luke walking around and stuff. You're not going to quote Luke's theme (even if it is a generic heroes theme) when Rey is just standing around, you're going to quote Rey's theme.