Westworld (soundtrack)

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Westworld: Season 1
Westworld (season 1 soundtrack) cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedDecember 5, 2016
Recorded2014–2016
GenreSoundtrack
Length103:57
LabelWaterTower Music
ProducerRamin Djawadi
Ramin Djawadi soundtrack chronology
Game of Thrones: Season 6
(2016)
Westworld: Season 1
(2016)
The Great Wall
(2016)

Westworld: Season 1 is the first soundtrack of the American television series Westworld, composed by Ramin Djawadi. Released on December 5, 2016, the album includes thirty-four pieces composed for the show.[1][2] The album contains mostly original compositions by Djawadi, it also includes some covers by him of Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, Soundgarden, The Animals, and The Cure.[3] The soundtrack has received favorable reviews and peaked at #190 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. It was nominated for International Film Music Critics Association for "Best Original Score for a Television Series".

Track listing[edit]

All music by Ramin Djawadi, except where noted.[1][4]

No.TitleLength
1."Main Title Theme – Westworld" (main theme for the series)1:41
2."Sweetwater" (Theme for the Park. Variations with different instrumentation are heard for other parks in Season 2)2:53
3."Black Hole Sun" (cover of a song by Soundgarden[5])2:29
4."Paint It Black" (cover of a song by The Rolling Stones[5])5:44
5."This World" (Theme for Dolores)2:29
6."Online" (a soft electronic variation of "Sweetwater")4:19
7."No Surprises" (cover of a song by Radiohead[5][6][7])4:02
8."Dr. Ford" (Phrase A is Dr. Ford's personal theme. Phrase B is a theme for coding and the new narrative)5:30
9."A Forest" (cover of a song by The Cure[5])2:48
10."Reveries" (a soft electronic variation of "Dr. Ford")3:00
11."Nitro Heist" (an upbeat, action-like variation of "Sweetwater")3:31
12."Motion Picture Soundtrack" (cover by Vitamin String Quartet[8] of a song by Radiohead[6])2:42
13."Freeze All Motor Functions" (Maeve's rebellion theme)3:03
14."Pariah" (a decadent variation of "Sweetwater")3:08
15."Fake Plastic Trees" (cover of a song by Radiohead[5][6])2:14
16."MIB" (Man in Black's theme)3:06
17."The Maze" (the second half develops a melody associated with the search for The Maze)4:05
18."House of the Rising Sun" (cover of a traditional folk song made popular by The Animals[6])1:24
19."Trompe L'Œil"5:04
20."What Does This Mean" (Maeve's theme)3:04
21."Something I Can Never Have" (cover by Vitamin String Quartet[8] of a song by Nine Inch Nails[6])5:56
22."White Hats"2:27
23."Back to Black" (cover of a song by Amy Winehouse[6][7])1:58
24."No One's Controlling Me" (contains an electronic variation of "This World")1:59
25."Memories" (a motif heavily associated with maeve's previous built, but also to reminiscence in general)3:44
26."No Surprises (Stride Piano)" (cover of a song by Radiohead[5][7])2:37
27."Violent Delights" (an electronic variation of "Sweetwater")4:58
28."Someday" (a variation of "This World")3:40
29."Sweetwater Stride"0:41
30."Do They Dream" (a variation of "Memories")1:48
31."The Stray" (contains a motif associated with the intrigue that develops inside the Mesa)2:18
32."Bicameral Mind"4:25
33."Exit Music (For a Film)" (cover of a song by Radiohead[6])4:26
34."Rêverie" (arrangement of Debussy's "Rêverie for piano" (L 68)[7])1:42
Total length:103:57

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 190

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2016 International Film Music Critics Association Best Original Score for a Television Series Nominated [10]
2017 69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Nominated [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Westworld: Season 1 (Music from the HBO® Series)". iTunes. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (December 6, 2016). "How Radiohead's 'Exit Music (for a Film)' Reflects Dolores's Climactic Westworld Moment". Vulture. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Lozano, Kevin (December 7, 2016). ""Westworld" Soundtrack Released Featuring Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Amy Winehouse Covers: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Westworld: Season 1 (Music from the HBO® Series)". Amazon.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Hilleary, Mike (November 18, 2016). "Westworld Composer Ramin Djawadi on Why Those Radiohead Covers Keep Coming". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Legaspi, Althea (December 7, 2016). "Hear Westworld Soundtrack With Radiohead, Rolling Stones Covers". Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d Kornhaber, Spencer (December 8, 2016). "The Secret to Westworld's Success Is in Its Music". Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Westworld (Music From The HBO® Series - Season 1) at Discogs. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Soundtrack Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "IFMCA Award Nominations 2016". International Film Music Critics Association. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "2017 Emmy® Awards Nominations for Programs Airing June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017" (PDF). Emmys. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2017.