August 16, 2022

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Westworld, Season 4 Episode 5, “Zhuangzi.” To read about the music of Episode 4, click here.]

Did you catch the 9 Inch Nails cowl within the latest episode of Westworld? Don’t really feel dangerous for those who missed it — so did Consequence, upon preliminary viewing. However composer Ramin Djawadi, as a part of our weekly collection of conversations in regards to the music of Season 4, was form sufficient to level out that sure, when Christina (Evan Rachel Wooden) and Hale (Tessa Thompson) are having an ungainly lunch collectively, there’s a delicate solo piano inclusion of “The Day the World Went Away” from The Fragile within the background.

“If I didn’t know, I in all probability would’ve missed it too,” Djawadi says, as soon as once more reinforcing that on the subject of the HBO sci-fi drama, there’s all the time so much brewing underneath the floor. Although within the case of this week’s music, the seeds have been really first planted by the trailers for Season 4.

“Zhuangzi,” the fifth episode of the season, contains some large reveals, principally for Christina, as she comes to comprehend that she has extra management than she ever realized over the longer term world by which she lives. After all, she’s not the one one capable of bend actuality for others, as we see when Hale decides to entertain herself by taking part in along with her human toys, making them dance whereas a keyboard participant with bleeding fingers first performs Handel’s “Sarabande,” adopted by Lou Reed’s “Excellent Day.”

“Excellent Day” is completely different from different covers included in Westworld as a result of Djawadi needed to create the association for it previous to manufacturing. This allowed the keyboard participant to be taught the piece prematurely and, as Djawadi says, “once we take a look at his fingers you might see he was really taking part in… I’m positive he really needed to play much more than you find yourself seeing.” (Hopefully to not the extent that his bleeding fingers have been not created by make-up.)

The plan had been to simply characteristic “Excellent Day” as a keyboard piece, very similar to the characters themselves are listening to it within the scene, however the nature of actuality received shaken up a bit in post-production. “We determined, you realize, ‘Let’s make this a bit grander.’ It began as simply solo piano as a result of that’s the way it was within the script,” Djawadi says. “However then once we noticed the footage and the way nice that road seemed, with the digicam paning up, we mentioned, ‘There’s a little bit bit extra of a God really feel to it.’ And so we thought, let’s make {that a} bit extra epic, and that’s once we determined so as to add the strings, to get a bit extra scope to the entire thing.”

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