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 collection of conversations in regards to the music of Season 4, was sort sufficient to level out that sure, when Christina (Evan Rachel Wooden) and Hale (Tessa Thompson) are having a clumsy 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 with regards to the HBO sci-fi drama, there’s all the time lots 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, contains some huge reveals, principally for Christina, as she comes to appreciate that she has extra management than she ever realized over the longer term world through which she lives. In fact, she’s not the one one capable of bend actuality for others, as we see when Hale decides to entertain herself by enjoying 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 study the piece prematurely and, as Djawadi says, “once we have a look at his arms you could possibly see he was truly enjoying… I’m positive he truly needed to play much more than you find yourself seeing.” (Hopefully to not the extent that his bleeding fingers had been now not created by make-up.)

The plan had been to simply characteristic “Excellent Day” as a keyboard piece, very like the characters themselves are listening to it within the scene, however the nature of actuality obtained 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 regarded, with the digital camera paning up, we stated, ‘There’s somewhat 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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