Meet the Oscar-nominated sound designers behind Kylo's lightsaber

Skywalker Sound is residence to Star Wars. From the primary film in 1977 to episode VII in 2015, the sound results for all the saga have been formed and combined inside the purple-bricked partitions of George Lucas’ audio submit-manufacturing facility. The award-profitable sound designers that inhabit the studios meticulously convert fictional concepts into plausible sounds. As an alternative of a prepared-made digital library, they depend on natural sounds. Mundane objects and creatures are rigorously manipulated into highly effective spaceships and energized lightsabers.

This yr, Star Wars: The Drive Awakens has 5 Academy Award nominations, together with two for the Skywalker Sound workforce. I caught up with co-supervising sound editor David Acord (nominated within the sound modifying class) and re-recording mixer Christopher Scarabosio (sound mixing) to study extra about Kylo Ren’s lightsaber and BB8’s motors.‚Äč

Mona is an arts and tradition journalist with a concentrate on know-how. Earlier than shifting to New York Metropolis for a masters program at Columbia Journalism Faculty, she was the affiliate editor of Platform journal in Delhi, India. She has coated dance music extensively and is a proponent of drug coverage reform. On weekends, when she’s not watching publish-apocalyptic movies, she spends hours considering life as a Buddhist.