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'Song Exploder': Breaking down the theme to 'Game of Thrones'

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Know-nothing Jon Snow rides in a boat with other characters from HBO's juggernaut 'Game of Thrones.'
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Know-nothing Jon Snow rides in a boat with other characters from HBO's juggernaut 'Game of Thrones.'

Hrishikesh Hirway goes in-depth with composer Ramin Djawadi on the iconic theme music for one of television's biggest hits.

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 the latest episode, adapted for The Frame, Hirway talks with Ramin Djawadi, composer for the TV juggernaut "Game of Thrones." (The finale for the show's fifth season airs June 14.) Djawadi, who's also composed the soundtracks for "Iron Man" and "Pacific Rim," reveals how he chose a surprising mix of instrumentation for the show's iconic main theme, as well as how the Internet allows him to record a vocal chorus located in Prague.

The show's theme has become so well-known that it's inspired covers and parodies in a wide variety of styles. For example, synth-pop group Chvrches recorded a short video of their own arrangement of the piece.

Art rock group TV On the Radio occasionally jams out on the theme when they play live:

And, of course...here's a maybe-NSFW version courtesy of "South Park":

Check out the full version of the episode over at Song Exploder's website.

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