August 14, 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 unhealthy in the event you missed it — so did Consequence, upon preliminary viewing. However composer Ramin Djawadi, as a part of our weekly sequence of conversations concerning 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 rather a lot brewing beneath the floor. Although within the case of this week’s music, the seeds had been truly first planted by the trailers for Season 4.

“Zhuangzi,” the fifth episode of the season, contains some large reveals, largely for Christina, as she comes to comprehend that she has extra management than she ever realized over the longer term world through which she lives. After all, she’s not the one one in a position to bend actuality for others, as we see when Hale decides to entertain herself by taking part in together 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 totally 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 study the piece prematurely and, as Djawadi says, “after we take a look at his fingers you can see he was truly taking part in… I’m certain he truly needed to play much more than you find yourself seeing.” (Hopefully to not the extent that his bleeding fingers had been not created by make-up.)

The plan had been to only characteristic “Excellent Day” as a keyboard piece, very like 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 recognize, ‘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 after we noticed the footage and the way nice that avenue seemed, with the digital camera paning up, we stated, ‘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 after we determined so as to add the strings, to get a bit extra scope to the entire thing.”

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