MediaSoundHamburg June 23rd – July 2nd 2017
A report by Stephan Eicke
It can’t be easy to be a star. It’s not that MediaSoundHamburg hadn’t offered stars before – but the appearance of Ben Burtt certainly created a momentum that surpassed everything that had been there before. Indeed, if Ben Burtt had done the sound design for Star Wars episodes four to six, only, there would have been just as many registration for his master class. But, as it happened, Burtt has done much more than Star Wars which gave not only him but the hosts of MediaSoundHamburg plenty to talk about. Indeed, so many people registered for this year’s MSH, and for Ben Burtt’s class, that the three-day-presentation of his life, career and approaches to sound design, took place not in the Elsa Brändström Haus where everything else took place, but in the HAW university. It turned out to be the smartest of choices since the university for design, media and information in Hamburg was well prepared for the many technical challenges that a three day master class in sound design actually presents. Not only did Burtt’s master class turn out to be a success for everyone involved – not least of all for the participants – but the man behind the light-saber sound was only too happy to mingle and provide information about his creative process to the students after the class; jet-lagged as he was. It can’t be easy to be a star.