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'Song Exploder': Breaking down the theme to 'House of Cards'

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Hrishikesh Hirway of the podcast "Song Exploder" tracks how the theme music has changed to match the show's sinister developments.

Have you ever listened to a song and wondered how it really came together? Hrishikesh Hirway is a Los Angeles-based musician who takes a song apart piece-by-piece and then brings the artists on his podcast, Song Exploder, to talk about how they put it all together.

On his latest episode, which was adapted for The Frame, Hirway talks with the composer of the theme to "House of Cards," Jeff Beal. (The series' third season debuts Feb. 27.)

Beal worked closely with producer Beau Willimon and director/executive producer David Fincher to shape the tone of the opening theme. Beal also reveals how he built the song over time and how he changed the music from season-to-season to match the sinister changes on the show.

(You can listen to the entire second-season version of the theme below.)

Second season theme for "House of Cards"

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