I’m not much of a podcast guy, but last year at Salt Lake Comic Con, David W. Collins did a panel on the music of Star Wars. It was incredible, and one of the best panels I’ve ever attended at a convention. He did a deep analysis on parts of the A New Hope soundtrack, played some non-Star Wars pieces that were used as temp tracks while they edited the original film, and more.
During the panel, he mentioned that he co-hosted a podcast called “Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams”. As soon as I had a chance, I looked it up and started listening. He and co-host Jimmy Mac spend several episodes on each of the iconic film scores, and it’s amazing.
They started the show in November of 2013, before The Force Awakens hit theaters. The last episode that they seem to have recorded was done in December, 2016 – part one of an analysis of the music of Rogue One. I haven’t been able to determine why they stopped, but the 38 episodes that are there are a fantastic look at the Star Wars scores.
I quit listening for a while (just got busy) but now I’m finishing up. I’m currently on episode 25. It’s incredible stuff. Personally, I could do without some of Jimmy Mac’s rambling commentary, but David Collins has some great insight into the music. I’ve learned a TON.
If you’re a fan of John Williams, and specifically his Star Wars scores, I highly recommend you check out “Star Wars Oxygen”.
David also has a new show, “The Soundtrack Show” where he discusses soundtracks from many different films. He has several episodes on Star Wars on that show as well, including a commentary track that you play in sync with the movie. I haven’t listened to this show… yet.