August 13, 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 case 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 most likely would’ve missed it too,” Djawadi says, as soon as once more reinforcing that in the case of 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, consists of some huge reveals, largely for Christina, as she comes to appreciate that she has extra management than she ever realized over the long run 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 “Good Day.”

“Good 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 upfront and, as Djawadi says, “after we have a look at his arms you would 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 now not created by make-up.)

The plan had been to only characteristic “Good 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 after we noticed the footage and the way nice that road seemed, with the digicam 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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