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This's a Star Wars/Skywalker Sound sound effect that was probably created by Ben Burtt and/or his team (i.e. Randy Thom) and made its debut in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

According to Burtt in an interview, “We had them play around with their carbon arc ignitions, pushing and crunching the rods together, and do things that you ordinarily wouldn’t do, just to see what sounds could be produced: The result was a lot of squeals, zaps, and explosive buzzing. The machinery running the carbon arc lamps were also a useful source.  There was a motor which slowly pushed the rods together which had a clanking sound. That became the general ambiance of the whole chamber. I made almost everything in the carbon freezing chamber out of those carbon arc light sound effects.”

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  • Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire (1995) (Trailers)

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