The Power Of Sound

2014-11-28

It has been said a thousand times before, but I feel the need to say it again. So much of what Star Wars got right was creating a fully realized, fascinating world. As much as stunning visual effects that have largely stood the test of time were a part of that story, it was how Star Wars sounded that is most remarkable.

Watch that trailer. It has moments that look an awful lot like Star Wars— vast dunes in the middle of the desert, the Millenium Falcon speeding along, flipping at odd angles emphasizing its unique flat structure. But it also has a lot of elemetns that are decidedly modern and not Star Wars like. 1 I think what’s most remarkable is I can close my eyes and just listen. Immediately I can hear Star Wars. The sounds of Star Wars are not just iconic, they are deeply embedded in my psyche and embued with profound meaning.

I first had the opportunity to see Star Wars on the big screen it was during the release of the “Special Editions”. There is nothing like hearing Star Wars in a theater.


  1. Shakey-cam is the primary culprit. 

This entry was tagged as star wars force awakens trailers sound

Nov 28, 2014

Amazon Creating A Services Marketplace Online

A few thoughts:

  1. This is a very interesting way to take advantage of a number of existing Amazon technologies—primarily their payment processing and review system.
  2. Services are an increasingly important part of the economy and is less subject to commoditization. This is Amazon dipping into a massive growth area ...

Nov 19, 2014

School Funding Reform, Hard Work and Fraught with Potential

Because of the primacy of equity as a goal in school finance system design, the formulas disproportionately benefit less wealthy districts and those with high concentrations of needier students. … because of the universal impact on communities, school finance legislation requires broad political buy-in.

I think it is worth contrasting the ...

Nov 02, 2014

NaNo(Blo)WriMo

November marks the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The quick version is folks band together and support each other to write 50,000 words in November.

I would love to write a novel one day. I am not sure I could do it well, but I am pretty ...

Oct 06, 2014

Growing Up in the Internet Hate Machine

A terrible thing is happening this year. Women all across the internet are finding themselves the target of violence, simply for existing. Women are being harassed for talking about video games, women are being harassed for talking about the technology industry, women are being harassed for talking, women are being ...