Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ben Burtt Interview: R2-D2


How were R2-D2's beeps and boops created? Sound designer Ben Burtt talks all things astromech in this vintage interview.

R2-D2 was the most difficult non-human character to develop a voice for, Burtt says. He was a machine that was going to talk, act, and work opposite well-known actors. But he didn't have a face or speak English. Initial voice tests for Artoo seemed to lack "a human quality." After some trial and error, Burtt began imitating the sounds an infant might make, and he found that it worked: R2-D2 could convey emotion without speaking words. Thus, the idea was to combine mechanical and human sounds, and Burtt combined his voice with electronic sounds via a keyboard. It helped him understand how Artoo could inflect and, ultimately, deliver a performance.


http://youtu.be/eUwnFYBPMlU

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