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Gigantic space operas, frozen Cold War thrillers, claustraphobic westerns are just among a few of the options that members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be choosing from this year in the genre-rich category of Best Original Score.

Film music commentator Dr. Scott Stewart just got back from the red carpet world of the West Coast, and came back buzzing about the range of options that could win the gold statue next month.

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Cooper Carter, 27, of Atlanta wanted to do something big for the Star Wars premiere.

So after two months of tedious listening to find just the right musical sounds, Carter made his own tribute to John Williams’ epic "Star Wars" theme: all 31 orchestral instruments played in unison, except mimicked on the electric guitar.

It resulted in a viral video that made "Star Wars" fans and guitar nerds alike “lose their minds,” according to Carter.

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This post-holiday weekend in Atlanta finds some hometown acts playing some familiar venues, and the Atlanta Symphony taking on the works of John Williams. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at shows with Mara's Music Mix.

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With less than a month remaining before the Dec. 14 release of "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens," fan anticipation has reached fever pitch. You can count WABE film music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart among those eager fans — though it's John Williams' soundtrack he'll be standing in line for.

Stewart joined Lois Reitzes for their continuing conversation on Williams and his compositional approach, especially in the "Star Wars" films, ahead of next month's release. Williams is most famous for his epic themes like "The Imperial March," but that's only half the story. 

Exploring The Evolving Themes In The 'Star Wars' Soundtrack

Nov 2, 2015
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As excitement ramps up for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” fans anticipate not only an exciting film but also a riveting soundtrack from film composer John Williams.  WABE film music contributor and host of “Strike Up The Band” Dr. Scott Stewart joined Lois Reitzes to discuss some of the anticipated music for the film.

Legendary composer John Williams composed the music for the "Star Wars" series, and he and the musicians wrapped up their final recording for the new "Star Wars" movie last week. There will be no pre-release of the soundtrack, which is unusual for movie studios.