Composer Ramin Djawadi talks about the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience and the end of the show
Game of Thrones is one of the best shows of all time, and the music backing the epic portrayal of the story, is a big part of it. Now, you must be aware that HBO had conceived the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, to appreciate the music from the show, and give the fans a chance to listen to the music, live. Helmed by music composer of the show, Ramin Djawadi, the concert has been doing really well. While talking to Access Atlanta, and the Houston Chronicle, Ramin Djawadi talked about the concert, the show nearing its end, and more. Read on!
Firstly, he talked about the concert experience from his point of view. When asked how he felt about the whole spectacle, Ramin said :
“It’s unbelievable. The most exciting part for me when I work on a project is the end when all of the demos are approved and finalized, and we’re recording with real musicians and an orchestra. I get goosebumps every time the musicians play, because the music comes to life. Take that into a live setting, and it takes it up another notch. You have live musicians not only playing, but playing it in front of a live audience. So you get an immediate reaction from the audience. That’s the most amazing feeling, because it heightens the emotions so much more. My goal was to put (“Game of Thrones” music) in front of a live audience with the footage and a specially designed stage. It just becomes very special.”
He also reflected on how enriching the experience of working on Game of Thrones has been, for him :
“The one thing I loved from the beginning with the showrunners (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) is that they always pushed into new territories and said, “We really want to create a score that is our own and is characteristic of ‘Game of Thrones,’ and has to feel characteristic of our characters.” When people hear the music, we want people to just remember the scenes and the show itself. And (the showrunners) are very into experimenting with instrumentation. All of that has been so much fun.”
He also talked about how title sequences on TV shows were getting shorter and shorter nowadays, as compared to the Game of Thrones title sequence that we all love. He said :
“It really bothered me because I remember loving main title songs as a kid. But the trend became skipping straight to the show. When the creators approached me, they told me I had two minutes. That’s a feast for a composer.
They wanted a title that summarized the tone of the show. And the one word they used was ‘journey.'”
Thank goodness. We would have never realized what we would have been missing, had Ramin Djawadi not gotten the full two minutes from the showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss. Talking about the end of the show, Ramin expressed his feelings :
“The concert has taken my mind off of it a little. But I will miss working with all the people involved. I feel so fortunate to be a part of it, but I do feel sad and depressed that it’s coming to an end.”
We feel it, too, Ramin.
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