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Kevin Kiner Channels John Williams for 'Star Wars Rebels'

Kevin Kiner, the composer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, is being brought back on board for the upcoming animated series, Star Wars Rebels.  The score for the new series might sound a bit familiar to fans because Kiner will be incorporating many of John Williams’ themes into his own compositions, something that wasn’t really done for The Clone Wars.  

Kiner says the "project needs to sound like A New Hope and bringing Williams' themes into some of his own compositions has had some pleasant results:  

“I never used John’s music before on ‘Clone Wars’ under specific instructions from George [Lucas],” says Kiner, whose participation in the series was announced at “Rebels’” Wondercon panel Saturday in Anaheim. “He wanted ‘Clone Wars’ to break new ground.  In fact we had to beg him a few times to use John’s themes.”

Kiner says the "project needs to sound like A New Hope," and bringing Williams' themes into some of his own compositions has yielded some pleasant results: 

“There was an incident where I thought I was using one of John’s melodies, but I couldn’t place where it was from. But everyone tells me, no, it’s my melody. It really sounds like John.” 

At 30 musicians, the orchestra being used for Rebels is about the same size as the one Williams used on the classic sci-fi show Lost in Space.  

For anyone concerned that Rebels might sound a little "too much" like A New Hope, have no fear.  Kiner says that the music will become more experimental as the series progresses through it's first season.  There's a good reason for that direction, too - but he's not talking!  

Star Wars Rebels takes place about five years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and it debuts this fall on Disney XD.



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