New “Inside Game of Thrones” featuring composer Ramin Djawadi and his music

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HBO has released a new Inside Game of Thrones behind the scenes featurette in preparation for the seventh season. Though this time there is no new footage to tide you over until the premiere, the video is still fascinating, as it focuses on Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi and his immediately iconic music for the show.

Watch the video if you want to learn about the inspirations for certain cultural and characters themes, or wish to dig deeper into Cersei’s new theme that played during last year’s finale and again in season seventh’s latest trailer, to marvelous effect.

In the video, Djawadi tells the story of how the different themes have been patiently introduced and evolved throughout the years, from distinct civilizations such as the Free Folk and the Dothraki to specific characters, like Arya and Cersei.

Of course, as it couldn’t be any other way, Djawadi goes into the haunting Light of the Seven piece that played during Cersei’s trial in “The Winds of Winter.” You may find his reasoning for using the piano here, for the first time ever in the show, quite interesting.

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    1. Light of the Seven is a masterpiece.

      Actually, all of his work is incredible. Fantastic composer, we’re so lucky to have him.

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    2. Inside the mind of genius. I love how Ramin visits the set and just sort of leans back and takes in the scenes and characters, to get a feel for what he’ll score.

      It’s amazing how something so iconic can have such humble beginnings. This show airs all around the world, with orchestras and rock bands playing the themes, and everything’s composed in what looks like it could be Ramin’s basement! It’s so cool to consider how these things are made. Great video!!

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    3. This was such an excellent piece. Wish it had been longer. I could listen to Ramin play music and talk about the themes for hours.

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    4. Germany has a great mass of composers and he’s one of them.
      Following the steps of Hans Zimmer, he’ll leave a mark in the history of score.

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    5. yay, not a Sansa post!!!!

      Love the music in the show. I recognize some pieces and connect them to a name, but I don’t know the names of most. Is there a link that i can listen and learn?

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    6. He is so handsome, so humble and a FREAKING GENIUS! Just my type!

      I’m gonna marry him, you are all invited! No one will die so it’ll be a boring wedding on Westerosi standards 😂.

      No seriously, the music, the costumes, the CGI…this things are the ones that make GOT the most awarded show in TV history, apart from the wonderful performances and the plot itself.

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    8. Jenny,

      I have to agree with you. Not only does he make brilliant music but if you would ask me to describe my ideal of male beauty Ramin would be it! Also, I could listen to him talking about his process for making the music of GOT and Westworld for hours.

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    9. I have tears in my eyes after watching this! How fortunate we are to have such a talented composer bringing this imaginary world to life.

      Some of my favorite tracks are the ones in which the various themes collide: the Blackwater episode and The Wars to Come.

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    10. Funny how we both loved The Magnificent Seven as adolescents. At 13 I had a huge crush on Yul Brynner in Seven, and now I have a huge crush on Ramin Djawadi!

      A really lovely video; to echo Flayed Potatoes, I wish it was longer.

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    11. This has probably been posted or shared here before, but just in case it hasn’t… a wonderful interview with Djawadi from last year. Interestingly (and not surprisingly), he has synesthesia.

      http://www.businessinsider.com/game-of-thrones-music-composer-ramin-djawadi-interview-2016-7

      P.S.: The article has some great photos, too; I can think of quite a few people who will love seeing the High Sparrow at the precise moment his immolation begins!

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    12. Wolfish: I can think of quite a few people who will love seeing the High Sparrow at the precise moment his immolation begins!

      Well that’s MY favorite High Sparrow moment!! 😛

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    13. Lol I loved how he said he snuck in the main theme in the light of the seven, that’s pretty damn good.
      I also really love the Dany themes he does, it always makes her scenes even more epic.
      I can’t wait to see what new songs he does for season 7, I’m hoping for something big.

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    14. Very interesting video, wish it could have been longer. I hope the final season’s Blu-Ray will give us a long feature on the music in the show where he can really go in-depth on why he made the choices he made for the music throughout the course of the show. I’d love to know more about the origins of certain tracks.

      On an other note, it’s interesting how many people are commenting about how good looking he is. Yet no one doubts that the people saying this also appreciate his talent as a musician and respect him as a human being.

      When one comments on a woman’s beauty in similar contexts, one is usually called “sexist” for mentioning her looks instead of focusing on her other qualities, and accused of objectification.

      Wish people could be as laid back about it as they are about comments on a man’s appearance.

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    15. Markus Stark:

      On an other note, it’s interesting how many people are commenting about how good looking he is. Yet no one doubts that the people saying this also appreciate his talent as a musician and respect him as a human being.

      When one comments on a woman’s beauty in similar contexts, one is usually called “sexist” for mentioning her looks instead of focusing on her other qualities, and accused of objectification.

      While you do make an excellent point, I think the chief reason women tend to be so prickly about “comments on a woman’s beauty in similar contexts” is because women tend to be judged on beauty or (please pardon my language) fuckability first and talent or capability second… no matter how talented or capable they are. With a man it tends to be, “Wow, he’s so incredibly talented… and hot, too!” With a woman it’s the opposite: “Wow, she’s so hot… and incredibly talented, too!”

      For women, it’s incredibly demeaning to know that no matter how hard we work at what we do, we’re almost invariably judged first on appearance.

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    16. This video was a treat; like others, I wish there were more of it, because I could listen to him talk about his inspirations and creations for hours. On top of being incredibly talented, he sounds (and Looks) like an amazingly nice guy.

      I was beyond happy to learn that his concert was coming to my city, couldn’t wait. THEN there was a family emergency and I had to go out of town during that time. I was so disappointed. All of you who were lucky enough to go to the concert, I’m jealous, but many of you were kind enough to let the rest of us know how great it was. At least I had that. His music is such an integral part of this show; it wouldn’t be the same without it. Thank you, Ramin, for all your amazing work. Can’t wait to hear what “notch” you’ve reached for season 7.

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    17. Wolfish: but just in case it hasn’t… a wonderful interview with Djawadi from last year. Interestingly (and not surprisingly), he has synesthesia.

      Thanks for this, I hadn’t seen it. Right now I have “Light of the Seven” playing in the background, it suits reading these articles.

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    18. I lovvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeee Ramin Djawadi. I was disappointed by West World overall, but his score for the show still plays in my head constantly. My favorite movie / TV composer of all time.

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    19. Grrrrrrr I’m still mad about Light of the Seven.

      First off, you all overrate Miguel Sapochnik soooooo much. Let’s face it, the show is a well oiled machine and you could insert nearly any competent director in the episodes he directed and they would be the ones winning the Emmys and getting worshipped by the fan base. Alex Graves, Alan Taylor, David Nutter, Neil Marshall, Tim Van Patten, Michelle Maclaren all better directors than Miguel. Sorry, he is a bit overrated.

      What drives me nuts is he has the fucking balls to recommend an actual instrument to Ramin Djawadi who is an absolute genius. This leads to the worst piece ever composed on the show “Light of the Seven” which totally does not fit in with the framework of the score already conducted on the show.

      I don’t like Miguel Sapochnik.

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    20. Wolfish:

      I think the chief reason women tend to be so prickly about “comments on a woman’s beauty in similar contexts” is because women tend to be judged on beauty or (please pardon my language) fuckability first and talent or capability second… no matter how talented or capable they are. With a man it tends to be, “Wow, he’s so incredibly talented… and hot, too!” With a woman it’s the opposite: “Wow, she’s so hot… and incredibly talented, too!”

      For women, it’s incredibly demeaning to know that no matter how hard we work at what we do, we’re almost invariably judged first on appearance.

      Exactly this. Beautifully put!

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    21. Jack Bauer 24,

      I am almost sure I hear a new Greyjoy theme/variation at the beginning of the video, from 1:18 onwards, when he is talking about the Greyjoys. Someone of the same impression than me?

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    22. koempel: Ramin gives off some serious Iwan Rheon/Ramsay vibes

      I don’t know how you would see something like that – this man is a creative genius, with a mind brimming full of beautiful music to give to the world, and a happy, beautiful personality that glows from within him. That character was a horrible person who found joy in doing damage and destruction to other humans, and did nothing creative or useful at all. Not the same vibes at all.

      Do you be a troll?

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    23. Great vid. I enjoyed the shot of RD lingering behind the scenes during a take. You could just feel the wheels turning as he worked out the soundtrack in his head. I agree with others that “Light of the Seven” is a masterpiece. From the very first piano notes, one could tell something was amiss and the trepidation escalated. To me, it was almost jarring to hear the piano used for the first time in the show at the beginning of S6E10. Like RD intended, as soon as I heard it, I reflexively muttered “Uh-oh.”

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    24. Has anyone heard if a dvd is being released of ‘Music of Thrones’ from the tour for those of us not in USA. I have seen some on YouTube but would like the full concert.

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    25. Hodors Bastard: To me, it was almost jarring to hear the piano used for the first time in the show at the beginning of S6E10. Like RD intended, as soon as I heard it, I reflexively muttered “Uh-oh.”

      Yes, a different piece/type of music for a scene totally different from anything else in the show. A new bar raised, a scene that upon hindsight we realize we should have expected, but totally didn’t. All we had seen before was Cersei gnashing her teeth, Cersei threatening huge damage to her tormentors, but doing very little. Now for the action. She finally made good on those threats, in the most spectacular way. It deserved a piece of music that would immediately jar our attention, then play out to be masterful. Just as Cersei’s plans did.

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    26. Nick_Scryer:
      Light of the Seven is a masterpiece.

      Actually, all of his work is incredible. Fantastic composer, we’re so lucky to have him.

      Agree about Light of the Seven. It is a haunting, beautiful piece of music.

      RD is an extraordinary talent and his work has added another dimension to this amazing show. I love hearing him talk about his creative process and his enthusiasm for GOT. I was lucky to see one of his concerts this spring and will be a fan of his forever.

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