Disney+ Dropped a Surprise ‘Star Wars’ Series and Fans Are Obsessed

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Lucasfilm surprised Star Wars fans Wednesday by releasing a seven-episode series on Disney+ called Galaxy of Sounds. The series of eight-minute shorts features brief snippets from Star Wars films and series with no dialogue or score — only sound effects. Now fans are raving about the strangely soothing effect of the surprising series.

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On the heels of the warm reception fans have given the new anime Star Wars series from Lucasfilm Star Wars: Visions, Lucasfilm thrilled fans with even more exciting news. The big news out of Skywalker Ranch is that the “next chapter of The Mandalorian” — The Book of Boba Fett — would officially be released on December 29, 2021.

A press release accompanied by a new poster issued jointly by Lucasfilm and Disney confirmed the official release date for the highly anticipated Boba Fett series teased following the jaw-dropping Luke Skywalker cameo in The Mandalorian Season 2 finale as a post-credits scene, stating,

Disney+ announced today that “The Book of Boba Fett”—the new Lucasfilm series teased in a surprise end-credit sequence following the Season 2 finale of “The Mandalorian”—will premiere on Wednesday, December 29, exclusively on the streaming service.

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What is Star Wars: Galaxy of Sounds?

Nearly lost in all the fanfare for The Book of Boba Fett news was the quiet release of Galaxy of Sounds. No, this is not the name of a stereo equipment store in the Outer Rim — it’s basically an ASMR series for Star Wars fans.

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Logging into Disney+ this morning, subscribers to the streamer were met with a striking image of Yoda manipulating a handful of Force Lightning announcing the arrival of a unique Star Wars experience. The Disney+ synopsis describes the immersive new series,

“A Galaxy of Sounds” explores the ambience of a galaxy far, far away through themes such as wonder, excitement, oddities, and more. Be immersed in the hum of Coruscant at golden hour, listen to the light side of the Force as Rey connects to past Jedi, and get swept up by crackling lightsaber duels. Experience the nostalgic sounds of Star Wars from across the franchise.

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Sound designer for Skywalker Sound, David W. Collins Tweeted his assessment of the surprise Star Wars series, describing the series as “sonic/visual poems,” explaining,

Surprise! @starwars#GalaxyOfSounds released today on @disneyplus. These sonic/visual poems are a celebration of the amazing work of the sound artists at @skywalkersound, and were made in collaboration w LFL. Each 5.1 shot is faithful and pure to its original creation. Enjoy!

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Fans react to Star Wars: Galaxy of Sounds on Social Media

Star Wars fans took to Twitter to share their fascination with the sonic ode to legendary Lucasfilm sound designer Ben Burtt. Burtt worked on the Star Wars original trilogy — with fan favorites Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Leia (Carrie Fisher) —  the prequel trilogy — with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywaker / Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) — and The Force Awakens (2015) — with Rey Skywalker (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren / Ben Solo (Adam Driver) of the sequel trilogy.

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Blast Points Podcast recommends enjoying the series one way: with headphones on!

“Just did Galaxy of Sounds with headphones on. 10 out of 10. Highly recommend. #galaxyofsounds #benburtt”

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Twitter users Mark Koop and Khairul Hisham both shared different reactions that somehow summed up how we all felt when encountering Galaxy of Sounds. Koop Tweeted, “A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. #GalaxyofSounds,” while Hisham simply shared, “Whaaat is going on? #StarWars.”

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Twitter user AJ also commented on the importance of enjoying the series in surround sound, saying,

“Has anyone else checked this out yet? Super cool, especially if you have a nice surround sound system and crank it up! Worth checking out, short episodes. #starwars #GalaxyOfSounds #Dolby”

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How many episodes of Star Wars Galaxy of Sounds are there?

Each of Star Wars Galaxy of Sounds‘ seven episodes has a theme summed up by the episode’s title. The episodes are described by Disney Plus as follows:

  1. Wonder – Marvel at the wonders of Star Wars through ambient and iconic sounds that fill the galaxy
  2. Excitement – Embrace the sounds of excitement in a galaxy far, far away through chases, duels, and battles.
  3. Dark Side – Listen to the dark side of the Force as it’s used by Sith and other dark warriors.
  4. Light Side – Listen to the light side of the Force as it’s used by Jedi and other Force-sensitives of the galaxy.
  5. Beeps – Witness the many different droids beeping about in a galaxy far, far away.
  6. Connections – Experience the harmonious connections of Star Wars through love, friendship, and alliance.
  7. Oddities – Encounter aliens and creatures that inhabit the galaxy and fill it with ambient sounds.

SpaceMomLee likes Episode 6 for giving her all the Star Wars feels. She Tweeted,

Just watched @starwars Star Wars galaxy of sounds it’s really kewl! My favorite was episode 6 #Connections I actually teared up! So many moving moments. But I tell you the sound of a lightsaber does something to my brain. See episode 2 at 5:22 I was done!

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All episodes of Star Wars Galaxy of Sound are now streaming on Disney+. All episodes of the other recent addition to the Star Wars collection on Disney+, Star Wars: Visions, are also now streaming.

What do you think of the new Star Wars series? Let us know in the comments!

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