Westworld Composer on Ending Season 4 With Radiohead and What He Might Do In Season 5

[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, firstly of our remaining dialog about Westworld Season 4. “I by no means truly counted, however I really feel like we’ve completed Radiohead probably the most — we’re all huge Radiohead followers. So this being the ultimate episode we mentioned, you realize, ‘It’s time for some Radiohead now. We want one other Radiohead track.’”

As 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 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 Song” (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 depend, 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. But on this case, he says, “The authentic truly begins additionally with piano, so it truly is kind of true to the unique. Once the vocals and the opposite parts are available in, that’s after I veer off and do my factor with it, however these authentic piano chords truly must be pretty recognizable.”

When overlaying this track, Djawadi says, he used strings and a solo cello to substitute for the vocal element, whereas additionally together with extra rock parts 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 in case you’re questioning: Djawadi himself performed the guitar sections of the “Pyramid Song” cowl, as he truly does for a lot of guitar-driven parts of the rating. “That’s certainly one of my foremost devices,” he says. “So at any time when I’ve the chance to make use of the guitar, there are numerous occasions that I truly play it myself — at any time when guitar appears acceptable. Sometimes I additionally prefer to work with different guitar gamers, simply because each musician clearly has completely different sounds and completely different tones and completely different interpretations, however many occasions it’s me.”

“Que Será, Será” is a grim but thrilling episode, as we watch primarily the very finish of all the things 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 bit of extra time with the fading reproduction 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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