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Great music on TV: AMC’s interview with The Killing/Breaking Bad’s music supervisor Thomas Golubuc

In television on 01/04/2012 at 11:20 am

I love music I discover, or am moved by, on TV shows. And I’m not talking about Grey’s Anatomy emo heart-string plucker.

The bashing, bald and/or violent numbers at the end of some eps of True Blood have made me laugh out loud in their boldness or humour.

House has brought my house down with some of the achey musical choices.

And Shameless is my current fave, set to return to The  Movie Network Monday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET.

But I digress. This post is to link to a not-bad interview with the music supervisor for AMC’s The Killing, Thomas Golubic (there’s a link at the end for another of AMC’s in-house promotional Q&As with Golubic. Among the interesting answers are this one, though I wish he’d also talked about the impact you can have with a single song played at the perfect moment:

Q: How do you think music helps trigger an emotional response from viewers?

A: The score is really doing the heavy lifting as far as building a sense of anticipation. One of the great things about [score composer] Frans Bak’s music is that he has a myriad of different approaches to creating tension and suspense. Some of the magic of his score is its ability to find lots of different ways to bring you to the edge of your seat while at the same time not wearing out its welcome. If you think about horror films, a lot of times they’ll throw scares at you all the time and you can get really worn out. I think the sophistication and the beauty of Frans’ music really lets you feel the different nuances of fear and intrigue in compelling ways that are then personalized by the different characters which are introduced.

The Killing returns this spring. Do you have a fave show when it comes to good use of music? I have a playlist over on mixpod that has some of my faves, which i will update with Shameless stuff soon, some of which i tweeted, like so…



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