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  • Star Wars Medley

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    It's been a while since I've posted anything.

    My lovely 9- and 7-year-old niece and nephew made a great miniature stop-motion Lego version of The Force Awakens, so I decided to try to put together a short medley of some of John Williams' music to match their project. The medley is pretty obnoxious, without any regard for coherent transitions between themes, but it was good fun to make.

    Star Wars Medley

    The following themes are crammed into 1 minute 45 seconds to coincide with the action of the film (no link to film yet, unfortunately).

    - Rey's theme (Episode VII)
    - Binary Sunset (Episode IV)
    - Jedi Steps (Episode VII) (well-hidden)
    - Temple of Doom theme (why not?)
    - Asteroid theme (Episode V)
    - Han and Leia theme (Episode V)
    - Death Star Explosion (Episode IV)
    - Ending credits

    Of each track that I prepared, I needed to cut out about half the music so that they would all fit into the allotted time. The transitions between themes are done caveman style - by simply fading one out and fading in the next.

    The instruments are almost exclusively VSL, recorded with a midi keyboard into Cubase. I was lazy and didn't have much time, so I mostly just used the legato, staccato, pizzicato, and tremolo patches only, with a few exceptions here and there for an occasional dynamic patch or glissando patch. I'm not a very good pianist or performer, but I'm always impressed with how flexibile VSL instruments are, and how much expressiveness can be attained with even just a few basic patches.

    I used MIR's Vienna Konzerthaus (Grosser Saal) for a virtual instrument space, and I used all of the suggested MIRx settings for the room, with very little tweaking.

    I'm always interested to hear any feedback or criticism.

    Thank you very much for listening!


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