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The Sounds of Star Wars Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811875466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811875462
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 11.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,994 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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Born in Lakewood, New Jersey; grew up in Manhattan/NYC and Berkeley, CA. Fell in love with old monster films, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, as well as Robin Hood and other adventure movies. Presently executive editor at Lucasfilm.

Have recently finished an animated short film, Riddle of the Black Cat, which will be showing at the Buffalo Int'l Film Festival this fall.

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Customer Reviews

He really enjoyed this and spent quite some time going through each of the sounds.
ER
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.
Elak Swindell
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in sound effects and how they can influence a movie.
Tamora

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on December 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Length: 3:57 Mins
An amazing book. A must read (listen!) for any Star Wars fan. A great gift book-

XOXO
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Elak Swindell on September 28, 2010
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Kraly Jr. on September 23, 2010
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Chi on November 28, 2010
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Bastow on January 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The text of this book is fantastic if you're interested in sound design. The little playback unit is a neat idea, but mine broke less than a week after receiving my copy. I got it for Christmas, opened it, played a few sounds, took it home from my parent's house and by the time I got home it was no longer working properly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tamora on September 30, 2010
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Dixit on September 23, 2010
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Rinzler's book on the sound of the STAR WARS films is really wonderful; incisive and fun (the digital component with the sound box is not gimmicky -- it makes you read further). The STAR WARS movies are so rich in detail that I find it is pretty great some attention can be paid to the soundtrack and the book explains how those tracks were created without being too technical (and it is a hi-tech field). But how about a Rinzler book on John Williams' scores?

I eagerly look forward to the EMPIRE book and hope there's a making of JEDI in the future (even if it's production is less dramatic than those of the original STAR WARS and EMPIRE).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Conslaw on August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this from Bookcloseouts.com fulfilled by Amazon in August 2011. It arrived promptly sealed in unblemished condition but the soundboard did not work. I replaced the batteries and the soundboard still didn't work. I emailed the seller. They replaced it with a working version without a hassle. With the sound, the book is everything the other positive reviewers say. Now I'm looking for a coffee table to put it on.
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