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 dangerous if you happen to 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 a clumsy lunch collectively, there’s a refined 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 relating to the HBO sci-fi drama, there’s all the time loads brewing beneath the floor. Although within the case of this week’s music, the seeds have been truly first planted by the trailers for Season 4.

“Zhuangzi,” the fifth episode of the season, consists of some huge reveals, principally 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. In fact, 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 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 upfront and, as Djawadi says, “after we have a look at his arms you might 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 have been now not created by make-up.)

The plan had been to simply function “Excellent Day” as a keyboard piece, very similar to the characters themselves are listening to it within the scene, however the nature of actuality bought 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 appeared, with the digicam paning up, we stated, ‘There’s a 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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