Episode 3 of Westworld, “Années Folles,” had two massive treats for these hooked on composer Ramin Djawadi’s instrumental covers of pop and rock tunes. In the meantime, Episode 4, “Technology Loss,” was a little bit extra refined. Talking to Consequence as a part of our ongoing collection on the music of Westworld Season 4, Djawadi reveals that this week’s episode did characteristic a snippet of music you might need heard earlier than, in a really completely different context: “Pink + White” by Frank Ocean.
The quick burst of solo piano could be heard on the 24-minute mark of the episode, accompanying an establishing shot of the New York restaurant the place Christina (Evan Rachel Wooden) is about to fulfill her newest blind date — who occurs to look quite a bit like Teddy (James Marsden), the deceased companion of Dolores (additionally performed by Wooden).
Djawadi acknowledges that “it’s very laborious to catch as a result of it’s very temporary, like 45 seconds,” however when the producers recommended it for that second, he was comfortable to strive it as a solo piano association as a result of “it’s a wonderful music.”
As he continues, “I by no means wish to be the one which will get an excessive amount of into deciphering lyrics or something as a result of I’m by no means that acquainted with lyrics to start with — I’ve to be sincere, I’m very a lot an instrumentalist. But when I perceive it appropriately, the lyrics are very summary, however I believe it’s a couple of previous relationship or previous reminiscences. So I believe it really may be very a lot in step with Christina seeing Teddy and having that spark. As a result of as we all know, she has had different dates earlier than, which have been simply not occurring, after which she meets Teddy after which there’s a spark there.”
The “Pink + White” cowl is as soon as once more carried out utilizing solo piano, which Djawadi has loved utilizing for Westworld over time as a result of it “has such a robust sound to it. Like they all the time say, there’s nothing that feels like a piano. It has that big selection with the bass and the highs and every thing — there’s a heat to it, however there’s a loneliness to it. And so I really feel like there’s so some ways you’ll be able to interpret a solo piano as a result of there’s actually simply nothing round it.”
In case you’re questioning, the total association of “Pink + White” Djawadi created is a little bit longer than its on-screen look, however not by a lot. “I typically do longer variations, however many occasions I don’t. On this case, I didn’t do the total music, however it’s longer than what’s within the scene — simply in order that it’s simpler to chop out and in. I wish to say I did perhaps round a minute or so.”