Legendary sound designer Ben Burtt, who was responsible for the sound effects in the first Star Wars trilogy, explains how two dozen iconic sounds from ‘A New Hope’ were created. To wit:
The base sound for the blaster shots came from a piece of metal hitting the guy-wire of a radio tower — I have always loved the noise that high-tension cables make. And I never noticed that Vader’s use of the force was accompanied by a rumbling sound. Anyway, this is a 45-minute masterclass in scrappy sound design.