Born in Duisburg, West Germany on July 19th, 1974, Ramin Djawadi graduated from the world-famous Berklee College of Music in 1998. His mother is German, and his father Iranian. Following his graduation, Djawadi was recruited by none other than legendary German composer Hans Zimmer to work at Remote Control Productions. Once he moved to Los Angeles, he began working as Klaus Badelt’s assistant. There was no looking back for him after this. Since then he has composed a number of award winning scores for both film and television productions.
Some of his best known work has been in films such as Iron Man, Open Season, Open Season 2 and Clash of the Titans. Djawadi has also composed for video games such as Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Shift 2: Unleashed. His work for television includes Prison Break, Person of Interest, and of course Game of Thrones, just to name a few.
Djawadi was part of Game of Thrones ever since 2011, when the series premiered. Although his work on the show has always received much praise and appreciation, audience members have responded with great awe and wonder to the score for the season 6 finale, which aired on the 26th of June. In this episode, the background score creates a framework within which the entire sequence plays out. It seems to be a character in itself, symbolising the inner workings of the other characters’ minds, as well as serving as a premonition for what is to come.
Djawadi has said that the main instruments used in the score, called “The Light of The Seven”, are the piano, organ and frenetic strings. He has also included a choral element in the piece, sung by two young boys. Usually the background music is the show is intensely orchestrated, which is why fans were quick to note the uniqueness of this piece. Its impact, therefore, was even greater. In the opening sequence, when the characters are depicted as getting ready for the trial, there are very few dialogues. It is the music that sets the tone for the entire episode.
According to Djawadi, music is at times unnecessary to support the dialogue in the show. They simply use it in the background to indicate a mood or a tone. However, in this episode that was not the case.
We can’t wait to see what Djawadi has in store for us in the next two seasons of Game of Thrones!