The show Stranger Things is a Netflix original series. It was first released in July 2016. Season two’s release date: October 27, 2017. After the first season, the show was nominated for 18 Emmys, and won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. The theme music, along with the rest of the show’s score, was composed by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of the band SURVIVE. In this episode, they break down how they made the main title theme.
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are you interested in scoring it, of course, we're interested like? Oh this x, privy tape,
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that evening. We ve collected about fifty things from our little library that we're like ok from this small, better criteria. This is what we're gonna send them an were like.
what do you think of this stuff. They were very excited to get that much music. Like almost immediately. We made a good impact by doing that.
How and Michael started their work on the show by scoring individual episodes. Baking tracks like this one
for specific scenes
we can start working on pitching ideas for the theme until we had maybe done to or
the episodes and
actually we didn't even know if we were going to be doing the theme song
There's a lot of shows that we have just something
completely different than the score as the main title, but they
pretty much decided somewhere around half way through a little before that that they want us to do something. So we sent him a handful of ideas. We made a couple sketches for the theme:
and there I can know what what about this thing
from the fifty things we sent over on day, one there's just a random library piece that we didn't even consider, but it had the vibe that they wanted and are alike
expand on this very issue.
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nothing was re sampled, it was all remade fresh
One of the most important things for the theme was to have a mysterious aspect a little bit ominous, and then there is little piano,
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Ways you can do that with acoustic instruments that are not as easy to do with incisors. They have to make up for that by doing other things, so the filter opens an open to more and more. We had the baseline and we have the sequence,
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a kind of sets the tone and it
feel as straightforward as a alludes to suspend or fear
So I think it was really appropriate way to get percussion into the theme
That is why I think was definitely do not the adage to make it fit with the picture. So there
company, imaginary forces did the title sequence and they actually had the video done before
Are they finalize the audio so they're like you to make the music to
The final changes
There are some interesting timings because of the title guides and that's kind of
where's, sound effects come in for us, so most of those happen every time they change of card. So whenever summons name is revealed, there's like these.
accents does have said like well known writer and matthew machine. All this
of eggs, are in tune with the music and basically mimicking harmony
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and then it is this big, no transfer and that the biggest when they dropped actual title strange things,
It's hard to say how long it took to make theme because we
did most of the work in a day or two. But
finish it and get it lines
without a sound effects right and everything like that took-
I don't even know we were doing up until the very end
I still am wants to when you're working on something for a while. You gonna get a little desensitize to the quality of the armenian. I try to watch. I waited a few months and I like how much the show and I started to watch the first have certain it was also familiar. I'm like why am I doing is I know this so well. I did what you, but still I wasn't far enough for my pride was thinking about the mix and now what were you is that I can enjoy this last should be able to, but it didn't take very long to realise that the show is doing well the shook him on friday and then, basically, everybody that we lose getting in contact and telling us had people were telling us shoot. Everybody was very surprised when I saw your name on this tv shows. Is that actually you like that.
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