I wrote a new version of the opening crawl, and it’s by far my favorite of all my demos for this scene. It is completely different from John Williams’s original music, but it is just as effective (in my opinion). I decided that this is also the music I will use for the beginning of the credits, and for the Throne Room finale. I went with a “battle preparation” sound, with horns and a snare beat, because I thought this fit the mood of the opening, especially considering this is Star Wars. I used Luke’s theme, Luke’s secondary theme, and the Force theme all in the opening crawl, although this is really just a way to introduce these sounds to the listener before they form the associations.
I finished up the cues from the Death Star escape scenes at the beginning of the week. I really enjoyed writing music for “The Trash Compactor,” because it provided me another genre of music to write. This scene is the scene where a monster attacks Luke, and it’s the closest to a horror scene as the film ever gets. Dr. Moser had suggested listening to Krzysztof Penderecki’s The Dream Of Jacob and borrowing orchestration techniques and timbres for suspenseful or scary scenes. I particularly employed his use of a low, pulsing brass, and screechy, sliding strings for this scene.
I'm winding down to the final stages in my compositions for Star Wars. I'm tweaking a few articulations/dynamics and writing alternate sections for parts of my score that didn't fit the film well. I now have a premiere date! The film will be showing at Gardner-Webb University's Tucker Student Center on DECEMBER 8 at 9 pm. More details will come soon, but for now, mark the date!