Many TV sitcom theme songs stand the test of time.ease of singing Fresh Prince of Bel Airclap pop “”i’ll be there for you” from friend’ and a nostalgic harmony resounds.where everyone knows your name” from cheers Each holds a notable place in the cultural zeitgeist. It’s not uncommon for drama theme songs to receive similar reviews. And that situation gets even more complicated when the theme is the wordless instrumentation used to set the scene of bodies being washed up in the show’s opening moments.
still a composer Cristóbal Tapia de Villeof “Aloha!” and “renaissanceIt is the theme song for the first and second periods of “. white lotus, each with such success.each track It features steady melodies with high-pitched instruments, danceable beats, and breathtaking vocals. Each is adjusted to reflect the location of the season. The first season is Hawaii, the second is Sicily.
each season, white lotus Set against the backdrop of murder and dysfunction set in a fictional luxury resort, it offers a colorful and suspenseful commentary on exploitation, wealth, class and race. The combination of Cristobal’s masterful composition, the show’s engaging storytelling, and a passionate fan base around the world has catapulted both themes to viral fame and millions of his Spotify streams, making the composer’s Popularity has increased.
Since its launch in July 2021, “Aloha!” is streamed the most by fans in Warsaw, Berlin and Paris. The song’s popularity grew even further ahead of the second season premiere in October 2022, with fans sharing their comments about the song on the Internet.
One popular fan theory was that the repeated note created a musical allusion to Gregorian chant.angry day” or “Day of Wrath”. In a rare interview with for the record, Cristobal explained that this was just a coincidence. “These melodies are the result of singing with my voice and finding melodies that fit that note. I didn’t receive it, nor did I intentionally try to use it.”
After the debut episode of the second season on October 30, 2022, searches for “White Lotus” on Spotify increased by over 500%. But to the dismay of fans, “Renaissance” wasn’t released on Spotify until after the season ended on December 11th.
Still, enthusiastic fans were steadily playing “Aloha!”. on Spotify while you wait, and on December 12th, A stream of “Aloha!” A 200% increase compared to the previous month. Searches for “White Lotus” surged to 4,800% compared to two months ago.
Upon release, fans in Paris, Oslo and Berlin took the lead, with daily streams of ‘Renaissance’ hitting a record high on December 13, 2022. And what about Cristobal? The composer saw his own catalog of daily streaming numbers increase by 162% after Season 2.
Even after the season ended, fans continued to circulate the song, using it as a musical backdrop for their viral videos. 17 February 2023 DJ from the Netherlands Tiësto ]announced his own remix.renaissance” became particularly popular among fans in Sydney, New York and Oslo.
So what does it take to create the right soundtrack? Cristobal used wind instruments to create the swirling sounds of birds in “Aloha!”. “In the first season, we weren’t trying to make Hawaiian music. It was more about making something about nature kicking the characters’ butts and wild things coming at them,” Cristobal explained. To hit his target, He combined bird calls with tribal chants to create an eerie tropical deep island atmosphere.
“That provisional score was laid-back and rather soft, something that you might run into in a nice fancy cafe when you’re on vacation,” he recalled. “It was very different from what I had come up with. I used tribal, pretty aggressive shouts and drums and flutes.”
Its “scream”, which is perfect for describing the vocal sound, was the driving force behind the song’s popularity when it was adapted for the second season. Cristobal wanted to use a bewildering tone of voice to match the atmosphere of the place.
“‘Oulus’ is the most important,” said Cristobal, making sounds out of his own mouth with a ferocious tongue. “For the second season, we were trying to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of Italy and Sicily. We demoed something operatic, and that’s where the track starts.From there, I wanted to somehow bring back the sound of the first season, a very recognizable scream.”
He also wanted to evoke a different journey for the new cast of characters.
“There were a lot of inconsistencies in the music in the first season,” he said. “It’s very stressful and I feel more nervous than I should be. There’s more dissonance. But this was calculated. I think the second season is more interesting, so the song is more playful, lighter and more harmonious.”
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Cristobal finds the writing process, like life for White Lotus patrons, to be as eventful at times. “I didn’t do anything special to get into the zone,” he says. “Sometimes people try to relax and take in the view and have the best possible surroundings, but surprisingly I have experienced bad situations, stressful situations, not having the right equipment, or not having the right equipment. I like to see what comes out of not being “in the right place.” ”
For Cristobal, discomfort is more influential than joy or perfection, motivating and spurring creativity. “When I feel I am in danger, I have the feeling that as long as I survive the situation, I will come up with something better and more original than when I am too comfortable.”
With the third season of white lotus Now that it’s set to air in Thailand, we asked Cristobal to hint at some musical elements fans might expect when the show debuts.
“For Thailand, I want to bring some Eastern philosophy, a little bit of spirituality,” he said. “I love the Buddhist temples there and amusingly have a collection of Thai gongs. There are 36 Thai gongs for making melodies, so you will be able to hear some of them. I really want to dig deep and travel.”
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