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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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George R. R. Martin praises HBO’s Chernobyl, says it’s worthy of Emmys

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George R. R. Martin praises HBO's Chernobyl, says it's worthy of Emmys

Game of Thrones is over, but HBO has no plans of slowing down. Immediately after Game of Thrones ended, HBO aired a limited series called Chernobyl, which became an instant hit. Now, the creator of the Game of Thrones universe, George R. R. Martin has praised Chernobyl and expressed his approval for the show to win at the Emmy awards. Read on!

Chernobyl is a mini-series about the nuclear plant disaster in the Ukrainian city of the same name, in 1986, and has been named the best ever miniseries by TV enthusiasts worldwide, except maybe in Russia. George took to Twitter to express his love for the series:

Not only did he praise the show, but also Jared Harris, whose performance in the show has been loved by the fans as much as the series itself. Needless to say, the show is expected to shine in the awards season, as Martin expects.

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

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See Tormund and Gendry enjoy a game on Nintendo Switch in Game of Thrones behind the scenes photo

Game of Thrones had the ultimate face-off in Season 8 when the Army of the Dead faced the living folks in Winterfell. The Battle of Winterfell saw a lot of people uniting to take down the Night King, and among them were Tormund Giantsbane, and Gendry (now Baratheon). A new behind the scenes photo from the sets shows the two enjoying a nice game on a Nintendo Switch. Read on!

The picture, posted on the Game of Thrones subreddit, shows Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry, and Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane, still in their costume and the bloody makeup, just sitting down to play. Take a look:

[NO SPOILERS] Gendry and Tormund playing games in Winterfell after The Battle of Winterfell from gameofthrones

As we all know, the Battle of Winterfell sequences took a gruesome 55 nights to film, and have been described by the stars as some of the roughest times they have had filming for the show. So it’s no surprise that they would have at least some way to relax on the sets in between takes or appearances.

Nintendo consoles are also famous for being the best for the local multiplayer experience, so that’s probably why these two seem so engrossed in the game. If only we knew which game they were playing!

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Take a closer look at “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “The Book of Brothers” from the Game of Thrones finale

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Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

The Game of Thrones finale was packed with a lot of things going down, but there were two very important props that we could have used a better look at – the books! “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “The Book of Brothers” made brief appearances in the finale. Now, thanks to HBO, we have a better look at both the books. Read on!

HBO’s Game of Thrones behind the scenes blog, Making Game of Thrones recently featured both the props, in a batch of photos that give you a good look at them. We saw “A Song of Ice and Fire” shown off to the small council by Samwell Tarly, who reveals that Archmaester Ebrose compiled it, with the title being his own suggestion. Take a better look at it, below:

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale
Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

We had seen The Book of Brothers, also known as “the White Book”, before in the show, and we saw it in the finale, with Brienne filling in the pages for Jaime Lannister. Take a better look at it, below:

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

Take a closer look at "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "The Book of Brothers" from the Game of Thrones finale

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