To celebrate both Christmas and the release of the newest Star Wars film, Rogue One, your friendly neighbourhood Chewbacca decided to bust out a fantastic rendition of the classic Christmas carol Silent Night.
The brilliant idea for “Chewbacca Sings Silent Night” was actually created in 1999 by Scott Andersen and since then his audio has been shared many times, often without crediting him. You can download the original here.
The Origin Story: It all started with Scott Andersen creating a mock-CD cover to pay tribute to “Christmas with Paul Todd”…
But then he decided that the fan art wasn’t enough, he needed to recreate some audio as well…
“The musical backing was simple: I owned a cheap Yamaha keyboard that contained a bunch of preprogrammed songs, including a jazzy version of “Silent Night”. I simply recorded that straight into my computer. Yes, I’m a musician, and I should have created my own music. But this was supposed to be bad, and I could hardly top the work that had already been done for me.”
“Next, I hunted down all of the Chewbacca sound clips I could find on the Internet… Once I had my sound clips, I determined the pitch of each one and made sure I had all of the notes I needed for “Silent Night.” I was missing a few, so I had to pitch shift them in my audio editing software. Then, I simply inserted the clip of the correct pitch at the correct spot in the music. By the time I got to the end and realized I was missing low pitches for the final two notes, I was too drained and was beginning to question why I was going to the trouble of all of this anyway, so I just had Chewy jump up an octave. Hey… listen to that voice. You can’t expect him to have much range.”