‘Westworld’ offers up saloon piano covers of Radiohead, Soundgarden & more ++ pics from Radiohead @ ACL weekend 2
If you’ve been watching HBO’s new dystopian sci-fi series Westworld, you may have noticed that the player piano in the saloon makes some interesting selections, offering up old-timey takes on Radiohead‘s “No Surprises,” Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun” and Rolling Stones‘ “Paint it Black.” It was the idea of series showrunner Jonathan Nolan but the arrangements are by the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi (who also scores Game of Thrones). “It’s been incredibly fun doing those arrangements on the piano in the saloon,” Djawadi told Billboard. “It’s a little thing in the background that you might pick up on and then you think, ‘Hey, wait, that doesn’t belong there!’ It makes it contemporary and fun.” You can listen to all three of those player piano renditions below.
Speaking of Radiohead, the band just wrapped up their 2016 tour at weekend 2 of ACL Fest on Friday, October 7 which was also Thom Yorke’s birthday. Their set included the Radiohead version of “No Surprises,” and you can check out pics from that birthday performance are in the gallery above.
photos by Tim Griffin