Star Wars without John Williams’ score is hilarious (VIDEO).

Proof That the John Williams Score Is Absolutely Essential to Star Wars

Proof That the John Williams Score Is Absolutely Essential to Star Wars

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Sept. 11 2014 11:56 AM

Proof That the John Williams Score Is Absolutely Essential to Star Wars

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In an interview with film critic Tom Shone for his book Blockbuster, George Lucas said, “Star Wars is basically a silent film, was designed to be a silent film.” The director was referring to his style of storytelling, and its reliance on dazzling visuals meant to wow the audience in the way early cinema had once done.

Of course, so-called silent movies were generally shown with musical accompaniment, and so Lucas’ line of thinking perhaps helps explain why the Star Wars score is so essential—as the folks behind Auralnauts have just amusingly demonstrated. They have removed the music from the triumphant, dialogue-less medal ceremony at the end of Star Wars, replacing it with awkward, subtle ambient noise and Chewbacca’s—hilariously reinterpreted—roar.

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Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.