The Music of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m not sure whether it has always been true that the music in Star Wars is something that I notice only on a second viewing, or after hearing the soundtrack separately, or whether J. J. Abrams has the music feature less prominently than George Lucas did at key moments. But there is some truly wonderful [Read More…]

Star Wars Soundtrack Spoilers

Remember how we found out things we might not have wanted to if we looked at the titles of the tracks on the soundtrack to The Phantom Menace, when it was released prior to the movie? Well, it looks like the same thing is happening again with the soundtrack to The Force Awakens. Take a [Read More…]

Learn Musical Intervals With John Williams

Singers and other musicians often remember musical intervals by reference to famous examples of them – for instance, many of us, if we need to sing a perfect 4th, think “Here Comes the Bride.” It struck me recently to look into whether one can do this limiting oneself to John Williams’ film scores: Half step (ascending): Jaws [Read More…]

John Williams is the Man

I shared this  a cappella humorous tribute to John Williams a couple of years ago, but it is worth bringing out and sharing again from time to time. I was reminded of it by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Facebook, which is currently performing a series of concerts featuring John Williams’ music.   [Read more…]

Theme from Exploring Our Matrix

I previously tried to post this but was unsuccessful, and so I am trying again. Blog reader Keika made this video opening credits for the blog: He also made an extended version which features both Darth Vader and a Gorn as creationist foes. Watch what I do to them! Thanks, Keika, for both of these! [Read More…]


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