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Who else is as impressed with the soundtrack to Breaking Bad as I am? I binge-watched the whole thing over the past couple of months, and Dave Porter managed a sound that transcends almost every soundtrack cliche I've ever heard. The way the pitched percussion carries your ear over what would otherwise be a standard spaghetti western riff in the opening cue is just the beginning.

 

So, gonna interview him about it and would love to include some questions from the Keyboard Corner. Ideally about cues and songs from specific episodes if you've watched any recently and they're fresh in your mind.

 

Let's get cooking!

 

Stephen Fortner

Principal, Fortner Media

Senior Editor, Music Player Network

Former Editor in Chief, Keyboard Magazine

Digital Piano Consultant, Piano Buyer Magazine

 

Industry affiliations: Antares, Arturia, Giles Communications, MS Media, Polyverse

 

 

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Early in the first season they used a Rodrigo Y Gabriela tune called "Tamacun" that was placed perfectly placed while Walter is staring down sure death by Mexican drug lords. Check this duo out, they are incredible acoustic guitarists!
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There was much debate evidently about the use of "baby blue" at the end. What were the details, who were the other contenders?

 

 

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Love the music in Breaking Bad. How about "Pick Yourself Up" for the jail killing montage? Or the amazing Hammond drenched "On a Clear Day" by the Peddlers under the Home Fumigation Tent montage?

 

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And who can forget the "Crystal Blue Persuasion" montage?

 

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But I agree, the best was "Baby Blue" (SPOILER ALERT!)...

 

[video:youtube]http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r__KtMPSnn4

 

 

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But back to the original music. Total brilliance.

 

You should ask him how or if he considers the classic music used in the show in the overall music composition. Or like the montages they are used under, is its intentional to allow the classic music to completely pull the audience away from the more traditional narration of the story?

 

Another question is instrumentation. Is it all electronic, or does his original music and orchestrations incorporate traditional instruments?

 

Finally, as a teacher who studies and teaches how music and production design supports the story (and who is presently teaching an online class using Breaking Bad as content), please ask him how he uses music to enhance the storytelling by the actors.

 

Thanks Steve.

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A few more toys in the wider perspective.

 

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Too may toys. Time to share. :)

 

 

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