Friday, July 10, 2020

'The Mandalorian' Music Video Featuring Ludwig Göransson Revealed

By: Benjamin Hart

One of the most awe inspiring aspects of The Mandalorian is its music, composed Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson. Last month we were treated to a behind the scenes look at the show in the docu-series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, one episode of which focused solely on Göransson and his technique for creating the musical score.

And in addition, today Lucasfilm officially revealed a special music video featuring Ludwig Göransson performing opening theme of The Mandalorian. In the video we see the composer in his personal studio using various instruments to play all the parts of the song, and later he is seen on the various planets of The Mandalorian via the "The Volume", the massive LED walls that were used for much of the filming of the series. You can check out the full video below:

Furthermore, Anthony Breznican from Vanity Fair sat down with Ludwig Göransson to discuss a variety of topics including the video above, and the fact that he is preparing to start scoring season two of The Mandalorian. You read some excerpts from the interview below, and be sure to read Breznican's full report by clicking here!

Vanity Fair: In the video, you’re performing so much of The Mandalorian theme alone. Is that really you on the score, doing all the different instruments yourself?

Ludwig Göransson: Yeah, basically, except for the orchestral instruments that you hear halfway in. I read the script early on, and I had a conversation with [creator and executive producer] Jon Favreau about what we’re trying to do. He showed me some artwork and pictures. I got very inspired, and I just closed myself off in my studio for a month and surrounded myself with all different instruments. I just started recording myself. It felt like meditation. This was how I used to write music as a kid.

I wanted to get back a little bit into that mentality, because I remember watching Star Wars for the first time as a kid. The music, especially, had such an impact on me. I wanted to reconnect. It was kind of like a journey in itself. Each instrument brought me to another. I’d start with a recorder, and thanks to those instruments, I got inspiration. And I went to the piano and played something else. And then I went to the guitars, and then I went to the drums. I wrote about five songs, and these songs became the material that I used throughout the show.

VF: What’s the first instrument that you start with? It looks like the shape of a saxophone and sounds flute-like, but maybe it is a large recorder?

LG: Yeah, it’s a bass recorder. I learned to play recorder in elementary school. I think everyone plays recorder when they’re seven years old or something, right?… I got it in May, six different recorders. And the first one I grabbed was the biggest one, because I’d never seen that one before. And it was the bass recorder. I just started playing it, and the sound that came out of it was just pure magic to me. It had such a distinct sound, so I knew from the first time I played it that this sound is so special, and I just played two notes. It’s a two-note interval. And just from that rhythm and that little melody, you could get so many different meanings. Everyone that heard it would have their own relationship to that.

VF: The first time I heard your music, we hear that lonely recorder as the Mandalorian steps through the doors…it reminded me so much of Ennio Morricone. We’re talking the day after he passed away, so I wondered, was his music, particularly with Sergio Leone’s films, as big an influence on you as it appears?

LG: Of course. I don’t know how you can be in this field and not be inspired by his achievements and his music. Just the way he experimented in production, the way he brought in different styles of instruments combined with each other, and he really pushed the envelope so far and he made it also sound so simple and so close. In The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, it’s a similar idea, is that it’s two notes. But immediately when you hear it, it resonates with your whole body. That was a magic power that Ennio had, to be able to make these interesting combinations.

This is the way!

Sources:  YouTube, Vanity Fair
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