Twenty-nine original songs were commissioned, a wild variety of intergalactic pop and “otherworldly” world music. Williams himself established a kind of template for this strain of in-world “source” music with his bizarro Benny Goodman number for the Mos Eisley Cantina in the original “Star Wars,” up through the steel-pan dance music in the Canto Bight casino in “The Last Jedi.”
“We took several types of world music, like a Chinese erhu, and mixed it with African drums, and on top of that put something Middle Eastern, and then even after that we would filter it and reverse it, and just make it sound completely otherworldly,” said Yaron Spiwak, senior music producer at Imagineering.
These songs play on radios throughout the land — and in Oga’s Cantina, where the clumsy droid Rex acts as DJ.
A little bit of pan but it makes me proud for our national instrument to be included in this world musical venture.