‘Westworld’ soundtrack ft. Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, and more

December 13, 2016
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HBO’s latest "Westworld" just finished its first season!

Aside from the amazing show itself and its subtle strengths lies its compelling music score! Game of Thrones‘ composer Ramin Djawadi is the one to thank for its amazing composition. One of its most satisfying facets is the extensive array of covers he integrates into the score.

Djawadi uses a wide variety of classic songs from the past several decades into minimal piano covers and symphonic arrangements — something which viewers likely first noticed when Djawadi accompanied the series’ first major battle scene with an epic orchestral version of The Rolling Stones‘ seminal classic, “Paint It, Black.”

 

The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” are among some of Djawadi’s greatest pieces in "Westworld". Same with songs like Nine Inch Nails‘ “Something I can Never Have” and Amy Winehouse‘s “Back to Black.” However, the act which seems to have inspired the composer most significantly in his scoring for the program is Radiohead. Djawadi’s score includes three covers from the band throughout the series’ course: “Motion Picture Soundtrack,” “Fake Plastic Trees,” and “Exit Music”, from the albums Kid A, The Bends, and OK Computer.