On Sunday night, “Westworld” composer Ramin Djawadi gave fans a treat before the new episode aired. Streaming from Facebook Live, he greeted fans and played the series main title theme song for all to enjoy.
“The piano has been a big part of the score and it’s also been a great tool to implement these contemporary songs that we have planted in the saloon,” he said, before playing the haunting track. His performance begins around the 1:20 mark. Check it out below.
The composer, also known for his work on “Game of Thrones,” recently spoke out about how the renditions of the modern songs are a “great fit” for the series.
“Like with ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ [by Radiohead] – even if you just take the title — with ‘Westworld,’ what is real? What is not real? You can interpret it in many ways,” the composer told Pitchfork. Adding, “What I love about that is it just comes out of nowhere and you don’t expect it at all. You see the settings and the way people are dressed and even though you know it’s robots and it’s all made to be modern entertainment, you would think the people in control would make everything authentic, including whatever is played on that player piano. It would be from that time period. And when it’s not, it’s that subtle reminder that, ‘Wait, there is something not right. This is not real.’ It’s just such a powerful tool that only music can do.”
Listen to more of Djawadi’s compositions in the playlist below.