August 15, 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 when you missed it — so did Consequence, upon preliminary viewing. However composer Ramin Djawadi, as a part of our weekly collection of conversations concerning the music of Season 4, was type 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 in terms of the HBO sci-fi drama, there’s at all times loads brewing below the floor. Although within the case of this week’s music, the seeds have been really first planted by the trailers for Season 4.

“Zhuangzi,” the fifth episode of the season, contains some massive reveals, principally for Christina, as she comes to comprehend that she has extra management than she ever realized over the long run world by 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 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 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, “after we take a look at his fingers you might see he was really enjoying… I’m certain he really 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 only characteristic “Excellent Day” as a keyboard piece, very similar to the characters themselves are listening to it within the scene, however the nature of actuality acquired shaken up a bit in post-production. “We determined, you understand, ‘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 digital camera 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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