Skywalker Sound is a sound production company located on Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California. Its origins can be traced to 1975, when George Lucas and Gary Kurtz hired Ben Burtt as the sound director for the original Star Wars. The company was founded under the name Sprocket Systems, and shared space with the fledgling Industrial Light & Magic in San Rafael. It was renamed Skywalker Sound when it relocated to Skywalker Ranch in 1987.
Currently, Skywalker Sound employs anywhere from 80 to 160 employees (depending on workload), and provides sound postproduction services for movies, commercials, TV, IMAX and other large format films, theme park attractions, and videogames. Their scoring stage records and mixes music ranging from solo piano pieces to works using full 130-piece orchestras. Each year, they work on twenty to thirty different films, and have won a total of 18 Academy Awards.
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