Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 20/20: Accelerando

If you’re as excited for Star Wars as we are, you’re probably frantically trying to avoid spoilers, binge-watching Episodes I – VI, and debating the appropriate viewing order of the films.

If you find yourself constantly thinking about Star Wars, we’ve got you covered. We came across this amazing article about Dudamel composing a part of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score. That just got us thinking about how important the musical score is to producing a quality film such as Star Wars.

For instance, check out the final scene from Star Wars episode VI:

How does it make you feel? Happy? Excited? Proud of the main characters? Now check out the final scene without the music:

It’s definitely a completely different experience! It’s absolutely boring, and you just don’t know how you’re supposed to feel about the scene. Music can make or break the entire experience. Knowing Dudamel’s brilliance, we are anticipating an out-of-this-world musical score (no pun intended).

Star Wars aside, we’re also pretty excited for the musical score of Lita Albuquerque’s film and installation, 20/20: Accelerando, which will open at the Fisher Museum on January 26, 2016.

In 1983, as crowds were lining up in front theaters across America to view Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, the Fisher Museum was preparing for Lita Albuquerque’s first exhibit, Abhasa: Image Bearing Light, in collaboration with composer Harold Budd and architect Bob Kramer. In 2015, as we prepare to line up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Fisher Museum is hustling to prepare for Lita’s newest exhibition, 20/20: Accelerando, with musical score by contemporary composer Robbie C. Williamson. It’s almost uncanny how the timing just matches perfectly!

The atmosphere that we’ve created in the museum is intended to invoke spiritual awakenings and provide you a completely immersive and conceptual space for personal experiences. Without Williamson’s music, the exhibition would not be as impactful. Thirty-two years may have passed from Episode VI and Lita’s first show at the Fisher, but we know one thing has remained the same: Lita and George Lucas both recognize the power and importance of music to complete the artistic experience.

So whether you’ll be standing out in the cold to watch the new Star Wars, buying rare Star Wars toy collections, or arguing about the legitimacy of Star Wars spaceships, we hope you enjoy your weekend!

And if in a month you’re still obsessing over galaxies far, far away and dreaming of cosmic experiences, make sure to come to the opening reception of Lita Albuquerque’s 20/20: Accelerando at the Fisher on January 24, 2016!

May the force be with you!