Created by Jonathan Nolan, HBO’s Westworld has made its debut. The networks next attempt at a game changer, Westworld has television and need audiences asking a lot of questions. But the soundtrack seemed to be a hit amount viewers. #WestworldSoundtrack trended during Sunday’s airing of the show. The composer talked to Billboard about adapting familiar music into the western setting of the show. Westworld had plenty of all the traditional Western trappings, and, to the surprise of some viewers, a saloon player piano that plucks out eerie versions of ’90s alt-rock classics.
“All credit goes to showrunner Jonathan Nolan… he came up with that idea, and he was pushing those songs,” explains Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi. He’s specifically talking about the inclusion of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” and a mind-bending remake of the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black” in the series premiere, and the taste of Radiohead’s “No Surprises” that cameos in Sunday night’s (Oct. 9) second episode. “It’s been incredibly fun doing those arrangements on the piano in the saloon. It’s a little thing in the background that you might pick up on and then you think, ‘Hey, wait, that doesn’t belong there!’ It makes it contemporary and fun.”
This season is shaping up to be HBO classic and the music can only get better.
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