Burtt tends to speak about his career in past tense. A call by Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz to U.S.C. From Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Everett Collection. Upon hearing the hum of an old film projector idling, he felt it was the perfect, saying it was "musical, in a way. For some reason after I read the script even … Burtt wanted another element -- the iconic whooshing sound -- which he accidentally created through electronic feedback.

Why Star Wars wouldn't be Star Wars without the sounds of Ben Burtt. Ben Burtt was a film sound buff as a child (he recorded and replayed the sound tracks of his favorite movies) Burtt enrolled at the university of Southern California's film school with the intention of becoming a director. Burtt arrived at the sound of the lightsaber relatively easily, by combining the buzz of an old television set with the drone of a couple of old film projectors. How Ben Burtt Designed The Sounds Of Star Wars In this eminently watchable series of interviews, the Oscar winner explains how he created the sounds of R2-D2, lightsabers, and Chewbacca.

The lightsaber sound effect was developed by sound designer Ben Burtt as a combination of the hum of idling interlock motors in aged movie projectors and interference caused by a television set on a shieldless microphone. Syracuse native Ben Burtt, Jr. is the genius behind R2-D2's voice, lightsaber sounds and countless audio effects for a galaxy far, far away.So why wasn't he part of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi?" Ben Burtt - Sound Designer of Star Wars ... "The lightsabers are one of my favorite sounds, and in fact it was the very first sound I made for the whole series. Ben Burtt says that the lightsaber was the first sound he created for the film. Why Star Wars wouldn't be Star Wars without the sounds of Ben Burtt There is a legend that filming on The Phantom Menace ran into problems during the shooting of the very first lightsaber … Syracuse native Ben Burtt, Jr. is the genius behind R2-D2's voice, lightsaber sounds and countless audio effects for a galaxy far, far away.So why wasn't he part of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi?"

Ben Burtt, sound designer of the Star Wars films, details how he created the iconic sound of lightsabers in this vintage interview. 'That's probably what a lightsaber would sound like.'"

Ben Burtt working on WALL-E, 2008. Burtt is notable for popularizing the Wilhelm scream in-joke and creating many of the iconic sound effects heard in the Star Wars film franchise, including the 'voice' of R2-D2, the lightsaber hum, the sound of the blaster guns, the heavy-breathing sound of Darth … Burtt discovered the latter accidentally as he was looking for a buzzing, sparking sound to add to the projector-motor hum. He received a student job cataloguing the Columbia sound library, which had been donated to the University.