Erik Bauersfeld who voiced Admiral Ackbar's famous line "It's a trap!" from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, died on Sunday. He was 93. Bauersfeld also portrayed Jabba the Hutt's majordomo Bib Fortuna.
The voice work I did in movies was accidental. I was working with Randy Thom on radio dramas at his technical quarters at Lucasfilm. One day Ben Burtt, sound designer for Star Wars, came by and asked if I would audition for a voice in the movie. It became two voices, Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna. It took little time and I was back to Randy for more radio O'Neill. George Lucas approved both auditions and other movies followed including Imax films for several national parks, and a brief voice in AI for Steven Spielberg. It wasn't an occupation I had time to pursue... unfortunately, but for me the art of sound design in film making was brought more and more into how radio drama might be enhanced. This in turn brought very great association for my interest in locational radio drama, another instance of how one artistic field gains in partnership with another.
In my 90s childhood Star Wars obsession, I remember hearing a lot about the fabled NPR radio drama adaptations (read: “podcast”) of the original trilogy. They were supposed to be canonical, in-as-much as they were Lucas-approved stories that expanded on the familiar ones we already knew. Now, someone has finally compiled them all on YouTube (although […]
We’ve been cleaning out and sorting through some stuff we had in storage, which I re-discovered this generous gift that someone (my mother-in-law?) bought me at some point in time. My sister picked it up, asking why I had a poop-shaped cookie cutter in the pile with my Star Wars cookie cutters. Normally, this would be […]
Now that the world is starting to re-emerge from its self-imposed COVID-19 quarantine, we’re all going to have to start making some adjustments to both short-term and long-term changes. And the questions… Should customers be hounded out of a store if they aren’t wearing a face mask? Are crocheted face masks safe or not? And […]
Maybe you had a piano teacher as a kid that drove you off the instrument forever. Or maybe you always wished for some serious training, but never found the time. Whether you have dreams of tossing off a Beethoven or Chopin piece at the drop of a hat or you have visions of being the […]
When you see that curved arrow on the side of a cardboard box, you instantly know that box came from Amazon. The unfurled rainbow feathers of a peacock immediately scream NBC. And a partially eaten piece of fruit in the profile is a world-recognized symbol of tech titan Apple. Icons are powerful symbols, condensing volumes […]