Sounds of Star Wars Hardcover – 1 Oct 2010
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The main problem with The Sounds Of Star Wars is that although the many effects (often created from scratch) have their origins described, the sounds themselves are merely reproduced (though most often stripped of accompanying score and dialogue). In fact, in the book's 256 sounds, there is only one instance of the original sound, unaltered, being offered for aural consumption. I realise a lot of the original sounds would be lost, but I doubt they all are, and I feel it's a real shame that there aren't any clips of Ben Burtt's voice or various animal effects BEFORE they were tweaked into the sounds we recognize.
The book itself is well written and really nicely presented (with a good few production stills I've not seen before), but the process of describing the sound creation is dominated by references to specific machines, and despite the copious quotes from Burtt and others involved, it still manages to feel oddly alienating. Still, I can't give it any less than three stars for what it has achieved, nor would it be fair to judge it on what I expected of it rather than on its own merit. I would stress that this is probably of interest only to those at the more hardcore end of the Star Wars Fandom spectrum, and has less casual appeal than, say, the same author's The Making Of Star Wars.
A true masterpiece!
If you can think of any then I hold my hands up but for now lets just say that this is a unique testiment to the detail piled into the original Star Wars trilogy that just had to be made.
This is the best Star Wars book to have been published in some time and I find it hard to understand why anybody would have anything negative to say about it.
I know this sounds like a cliche but this really is a MUST for any fan of the Star Wars films.
As another reviewer said they were a bit concerned about the big plastic thing on the side and so was I initially but to be honest that's the best bit!
On top of that it is nicely printed and is quite a large and heavy book so has a quality feel to it.
Recommended for all those of you that just love those famous Star Wars sounds and lines of dialogue.
Here in this title, the reader not only gets to read about how the effects were created but can listen as they learn through the nifty sound player with numbered tracks.
It not only adds to the experience but also will allow the star wars fan the chance to run around making their own, which, were they a roleplayer would add to that experience. A great book, although the price may make some blanch it's definitely something special that will please any fan. Just remember to watch it when family members turn up, I know that at least one of mine will covet it.
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