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The Sounds of Star Wars Hardcover – Aug 18 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (Aug. 18 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811875466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811875462
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 3.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #404,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Making of Star Wars.

Ben Burtt is a four-time Academy Award-winning sound designer. He worked on all of the Star Wars live-action films, as well as the Indiana Jones trilogy, E.T., WALL-E, and Star Trek (2009) among many, many others.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KatoD on Oct. 28 2011
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If you are interested in the birth of sound design and Ben Burtt, then this is the book for you. This beautifully designed book documents the early days of 'Star Wars' and the following movies, using sound designer Ben Burtt's stories on the creation of the various sounds required by George Lucas and the movie's evolving world.

Ben Burtt provides a detailed account on the early meetings with George Lucas and problems they both faced with 20th Century Fox studio, and the people not ready or understanding of such a different movie as 'Star Wars' was in the early 70's. Hind-sight is always 20/20 ...but what hurdles they faced re-inventing the wheel when it came to 'sound' used in 'Star Wars' and movies in general.

The book allows the reader to hear about 200 sounds (raw and fine-tuned) of the many different elements of all the movies and TV series and their origins along with behind-the-scenes photos of the films and Ben Burtt's studios over the years.

An interesting and informative idea beautifully presented in this big coffee-table book, not to mention how much fun is was to be able to hear the variuos famous sounds of "Star Wars' at a push of a button! ;-)

I'd highly recommend this book!!!
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If you're a sound designer, you NEED this book. Ben Burtt would easily be on the Mt Rushmore of sound designers alongside Murray Spivak, Randy Thom and Walter Murch. For those that love film sound, this is a very well assembled and created book. Fans of all ages would love it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Amazing Sept. 28 2010
By Elak Swindell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Being a fan of sound effects myself, though nowhere near to that of Ben Burtt, this book is great. I've always wondered what was done to make a specific creature voice or laser blast or spaceship engine sound, etc. in the various Star Wars films. This fascinating book covers them all, with the actual sounds to hear along with the information. My only complain would be that the sound unit on the side is a bit big. I can tell that 50% of the interior is probably air. Being that memory chips and electronics can be quite small these days, there was no need to make the unit so large, or as heavy. As for the book itself, it is a massive treasure trove of background information on all of the Star Wars movies to date. Any sound effect used in them is covered in detail with various pictures either from the films or behind-the-scenes shots pertaining to the sound. If you are a Star Wars or even just interested in sound effects in general, this is a must-have book.
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful Dec 8 2010
By BeachBrights - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An amazing book. A must read (listen!) for any Star Wars fan. A great gift book-

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Sounds Of Star Wars is a another good book by J.W. Rinzler. Sept. 23 2010
By Kenneth Kraly Jr. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing and to think of it no one' has actually done a book on the making of sound design in film. Matt Wood , David Acord and Ben Burrt are good Sound Designers and this book is great as well. This book has amazing stories on sound design work in all 6 star wars films as well as the clone wars tv series. J.W. Rinzler has again written another winner here.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Only one thing keeps me from giving it five stars... Nov. 28 2010
By J. Chi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for Star Wars fans, film students, sound engineers. To read how the various sounds were created and to listen to the result have wrought pure joy. However, the one thing that keeps me from giving this book five stars is that you can only access the sound by pressing the forward or backward buttons. It would have been great if one could enter the files number to hear the sounds. I am starting to worry that I will break the sound module from overuse.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Did you ever wonder how they made the rancor roar? Sept. 30 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I saw a preview of this book at Celebration 5 in Florida. Ben Burtt was there, telling stories on how the sounds came to be. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in sound effects and how they can influence a movie. I have had more fun reading the book and playing the sounds. You do not have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy this book.

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