'The Sounds of Star Wars' is an interactive book with a little speaker-machine attached to the side so you can type in a number corresponding to a certain sound from the movies to hear it, along with how it was made. For example, Jar Jar's voice was created by combining the sound of George Lucas's greed with that of a really squeaky fart escaping. Neat!
Any Star Wars fan can mimic Darth Vader's voice or Chewbacca's roar with ease. But how many of them would be able to identify the lion's roar used in the sound of the Millenium Falcon's engine? In this aurally astonishing and visually engaging book, New York Times best-selling author J. W. Rinzler reveals the illuminating history of the sounds that make the Star Wars universe so believable, as recounted by their creator, legendary sound designer Ben Burtt. An attached sound module with an exterior speaker and headphone jack lets readers listen to more than 250 unique sound effects
There's a worthwhile video about the book after the jump, but if you only have a minute at least skip to 1:30 to watch the part about the iconic 'pew-pew' of the laser blasters. The whole 6:00 really is worth watching though. Unlike that 2-hour wedding video of yours you made me sit through! Sorry, but if you didn't pass out, catch fire or have relatives slip on the dance floor and hurt themselves, you can count me out. Back me up, AFV! Haha, that guy just took a baseball to the nuts!
Hit the jump for the video.
Thanks to Sam K, who always thought the laser blaster sound was made by somebody going 'pew pew pew' into a microphone. I know, right?! Love doing that.