Thirty two years ago today (May 25, 1977) The Force was born and Star Trek finally got some competition. Thanks to George Lucas, an entire generation suddenly received their calling, as just about everyone I know who’s involved in some sort of creative occupation owes their inspiration to the original trilogy. For some inexplicable reason, “The Homing Beacon” (the official site’s newsletter) is trying to get people to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Episode One, but the cool kids know the lucky numbers are 4, 5 and 6.
So, what’s the best way to spend this national holiday (we all have the day off, don’t we?)? I for one just made a discovery that’s going to keep this Corellian pilot busy for a few hours: The Star Wars Soundboard. Now maybe all of you have already seen this, but I just discovered it over at Star Wars dot com and I still haven’t gotten my jaw up off the floor. What you’ll find there are dozens of sound effects and lines of dialog – all completely clean (meaning they’re isolated with no background noise). Need a soundtrack for your very own Star Wars fan film? Well get over there now!
Unfortunately, the sounds aren’t downloadable, but most decent audio software allows you to record “what you hear” over your PC speakers; simply start recording, click through all the sounds and then begin the laborious process of chopping up the WAV and saving each snippet as an individual file. It may take some time, but it’s worth it to have an instant library of the most famous sound effects in movie history (thank you, Ben Burtt).
I know how I’ll be spending a good chunk of Monday ;-) [UPDATE: Thanks to “Pole” for providing this link to a RAR file that has all the sounds ready to go!]
In honor of today’s celebration, here’s a collection of the coolest Star Wars birthday cakes this side of Mos Eisley. Enjoy the holiday – and May The Force Be With You!
I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll be switching over to the delicious side of the force…
New to DarthMojo? Check out last year’s birthday salute, filled with even more goodies…