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Ramin Djawadi ranks his top 5 musical influences

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New 'Inside Game of Thrones' focuses on music composer Ramin Djawadi

Ramin Djawadi is known for composing quite a bit of critically acclaimed and commercially successful music for TV and films in the past decade. Be it Prison BreakFlashForward, Ironman, Clash of the Titans, Pacific Rim, Westworld, he has lit up the spaces in these stories with groundbreaking scores. But what brings home the most limelight is his constant appearance in the credits of Game of Thrones. The German composer has been a series regular, writing and composing music through the characters and their stories.

Ramin Djawadi ranks his top 5 musical influences

When Djawadi is not busy designing long musical definitions for films and television, he likes to go on stage with his compositions. During his stint with bands in the early days, he loved engaging with a live audience, guitar being his choice of weapon. The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience fits right in. The experience is coming back for its Leg-3, starting from September 6, 2018, at Key Arena in Seattle.

The tour will bring the music of Westeros to arenas across North America this season, traveling to cities like San Jose, Chicago, Boston, and finally concluding at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on October 14. The touring group, that features Ramin Djawadi and a host of musicians, will play musical pieces from the show combining orchestral music with vocals and stunning visuals from the key events in each season.

Ahead of the tour, Ramin talked to The AV Club about the genres and movements that shaped his musical journey. He ranked his top 5 influences saying, It’s actually kind of interesting to think about it. The number one would definitely be the Romantic Classical Period composers like Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Wagner. There is something in their school that has influenced me immensely, and I think it’s a really great source of where film score came from. Ramin Djawadi ranks his top 5 musical influences

“Then going all the other way, another big influence was Rock music. Growing up in the 80s, I was heavily influenced by rock music, like Metallica for example.

“Number 3 would also be from the 80s, which is the 80s pop music. I am from Germany originally, and we called it New Wave. Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Tears for fears; those kinds of bands had a huge influence on me.

Ramin Djawadi ranks his top 5 musical influences

“I guess then I could skip forward to more contemporary bands such as the Radiohead, Adele. Those are bands, artists that I really like now. Bruno Mars is another one.

“Number 5 would then be the soundtrack that got me into film music, which would be Elmer Bernstein’s The Magnificent Seven, that and Star wars; those were the two scores that made me want to become a film composer.”

Ramin Djawadi ranks his top 5 musical influences

So, plug in for the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience if you are in any of the touring cities this fall. And tell us in the comments section below about the kind of music that influences you.






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Game of Thrones Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream

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Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.

This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).

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“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.

She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.

Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.

Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!






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In Game of Thrones Series Finale, a new era dawns on the Small Council

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By the end of the Game of Thrones Series Finale, Westeros is not as it was before. Some changes are big and are immediately visible, like the fate of the Starks and the Targaryens. But some changes are subtle, yet far more impactful in the long run. One such detail is the all-new Small Council of King’s Landing that is formed after the Last War.

This post contains massive spoilers, so be warned!

In an unexpected twist, Brandon Stark was chosen as the King of the Six Kingdoms (North chose to remain out). And as tradition demands, a small council was formed to aid him in the ruling. As Bran’s chosen Hand, Tyrion Lannister presides over the existent Small Council, whose main work is filling up the vacant posts right now. But the people who get precedence in joining the Small Council is quite interesting.

Here are all of them: Ser Davos Seaworth as Master of Ships, Ser Bronn of Blackwater as Master of Coin, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Now let’s have a closer look.

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Davos and Bronn are lowborn – one was a smuggler and another a mercenary. Sam is a Black Brother whose rights to hold power positions were forfeited. The Kingsguards are all knights and women cannot be knights in Westeros. Brienne would have been barred out of this position by her gender alone – and yet here she is.

In the deeply feudal society of Westeros, the four principle advisers to the King are people who have no birthright to be there, yet all of them have gone through enough experience to earn their place (Although Bronn’s position seems to be a trade-off regarding his ‘service’ of the Lannister brothers). That’s a quiet revolution going on right there.

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With the Iron Throne gone and the hereditary kingship system broken (Bran cannot father children and his successor will have to be chosen), the Small Council’s power and prominence grow tenfold. Democracy or not,  interesting times ahead for Westeros!






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Drogon broke the wheel in the Game Of Thrones series finale

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Why did Drogon do THAT in the series finale

The last episode to the Game of Thrones series dropped today and things went up in flames courtesy Drogon. Tons of spoilers coming up ahead so watch out.

With a little cajoling from Tyrion and yeah, also the fact that Daenerys barbecued thousands of innocent civilians in King’s Landing, Jon FINALLY came to the conclusion that Dany probably wasn’t the best option for Westeros. After a final bout of reasoning where he tried to make her see the light and she refused, Jon finally decided he had had enough and stabbed her in the gut.

Why did Drogon do THAT in the series finale

Drogon then arrived on the scene and upon realising his mom was dead, went on a fiery rampage that didn’t char grill Jon Snow as you would have expected. Instead, he turned on the Iron Throne and melted it to the ground. If you think about it, this was kind of poetic. Daenerys has been talking about breaking the wheel for as long as anyone can remember. The Iron Throne through the often questionable people who sat on it has been the site of injustice and atrocity, and in melting it down, Drogon paid a final tribute to his mother by breaking the final wheel. In addition to this, it was her ancestor who built the Iron Throne using Dragon fire and now Dragon fire was used to destroy it.

The series really did come full circle because the object that everyone’s been fighting over since the very beginning, is now no more.

What did you think of the finale?






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