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Deconstruction: The Mandalorian Theme Song by Ludwig Göransson w/ Claude Ruelle

We’re back with another deconstruction, this time with Point Blank’s composition for film and TV lecturer, Claude Ruelle, breaking down the main theme behind the Disney+ show The Mandalorian. If you’re new here and not familiar with what a deconstruction entails, it’s where we take a well-known track, break it down to its core elements and recreate it before your very eyes.

Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian is the first live-action series in the Star Wars franchise. Since its release in 2019, the programme has won multiple awards, including seven Emmy’s in 2020 with the score itself taking home the Emmy award for Outstanding Music Composition. The soundtrack for The Mandalorian was composed by Ludwig Göransson, the man behind the music for Black Panther, Creed, Tenet and more, and was inspired heavily by the scores of Western and samurai films.

To coincide with this deconstruction, we’ve partnered with Spitfire Audio to give Point Blank students a 30% online discount on their first Spitfire Audio library, as well as a code to redeem BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover instantly for free – RRP £49. During the video, you’ll see just how powerful Spitfire Audio’s plugins and libraries are and how easy it is to create compelling scores.

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To demonstrate how he recreated the epic score for The Mandalorian, Claude fires up Logic Pro and explores the theme’s most prominent motif – the bass recorder sound. Before introducing the other elements, he shares some music theory about the theme’s Half-Whole Diminished Scale and shows how it creates a rising tension. Utilising Spitfire Audio’s flawless sound library, including the Hans Zimmer Percussion and Abbey Road One plugins, Claude demos how the rhythms and melodies complement each other, showing how you can finely tune each sound to perfection using the plugin parameters. Combining strings, brass, wind, percussion and more he unveils the magic behind each of the theme’s sections.

In addition to this breakdown, we’re sharing the project file from the deconstruction for you to download and delve deeper into the soundtrack magic. Download the project file for free here.

These deconstructions are a tool we use frequently to teach elements of composition and arrangement but to get the full picture we recommend you study with us. The most comprehensive study we offer is our flagship degree programme, the BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering (also available online).

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