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 should you missed it — so did Consequence, upon preliminary viewing. However composer Ramin Djawadi, as a part of our weekly sequence 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 most likely would’ve missed it too,” Djawadi says, as soon as once more reinforcing that relating to the HBO sci-fi drama, there’s all the time rather a lot brewing underneath 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, consists of some massive reveals, principally for Christina, as she comes to understand that she has extra management than she ever realized over the long run world wherein she lives. In fact, she’s not the one one in a position to bend actuality for others, as we see when Hale decides to entertain herself by enjoying 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 be taught the piece upfront and, as Djawadi says, “once we have a look at his palms you can see he was truly enjoying… 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, , ‘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 avenue appeared, with the digital camera paning up, we stated, ‘There’s a bit of 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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