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Westworld Composer on Ending Season 4 With Radiohead and the Future

Westworld Composer on Ending Season 4 With Radiohead and the Future

Westworld Composer on Ending Season 4 With Radiohead and the Future

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the Season 4 finale of Westworld, “Que Sera Sera.” To read about the music of Episode 7, click here.]

“We’re lastly again to Radiohead,” Ramin Djawadi laughs, at first of our closing dialog about Westworld Season 4. “I by no means truly counted, however I really feel like we’ve accomplished Radiohead essentially the most — we’re all massive Radiohead followers. So this being the ultimate episode we mentioned, you already know, ‘It’s time for some Radiohead now. We want one other Radiohead music.’”

Because the Emmy-winning composer has solely mentioned with Consequence all season lengthy, the surprising twists and turns of the HBO sci-fi drama have usually prolonged in the direction of the music, calling upon Djawadi’s expertise for recreating well-known pop and rock tunes utilizing Westworld’s signature sound.

Such was the case for the hovering instrumental cowl of “Pyramid Tune” (from 2001’s Amnesiac), which accompanies the ultimate moments of Hale (Tessa Thompson) — simply one of many occasions concerned as we witness the top of sentient life on Earth. (By Consequence’s rely, that is the fifth Radiohead cowl of the collection.)

For some Westworld covers, Djawadi has mentioned he likes to ease the viewer into discovering that they’re listening to a brand new model of a well-recognized tune. However on this case, he says, “The unique truly begins additionally with piano, so it truly is kind of true to the unique. As soon as the vocals and the opposite components are available in, that’s once I veer off and do my factor with it, however these unique piano chords truly needs to be pretty recognizable.”

When overlaying this music, Djawadi says, he used strings and a solo cello to substitute for the vocal element, whereas additionally together with extra rock components than he usually does, together with some very electrical guitar. It’s a much less delicate combine than different covers, however as a result of there was no dialogue within the scene, “it was good to have the devices develop there.”

Oh, and when you’re questioning: Djawadi himself performed the guitar sections of the “Pyramid Tune” cowl, as he truly does for a lot of guitar-driven components of the rating. “That’s certainly one of my most important devices,” he says. “So each time I’ve the chance to make use of the guitar, there are lots of instances that I truly play it myself — each time guitar appears acceptable. Generally I additionally prefer to work with different guitar gamers, simply because each musician clearly has totally different sounds and totally different tones and totally different interpretations, however many instances it’s me.”

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“Que Será, Será” is a grim but thrilling episode, as we watch primarily the very finish of every part happen, with solely fragments of humanity left within the wreckage of Hale and the Man In Black (Ed Harris)’s video games. One such fragment is Frankie (Aurora Perrineau), who does additionally get a little bit extra time with the fading duplicate of her father Caleb (Aaron Paul) — together with one second the place Djawadi actively selected to not match the rating to the scene.

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