How to compose a TV score, with The Americans’ Nathan Barr (AUDIO).

The Composer of The Americans’ Brilliant Theme Song Breaks Down Exactly How He Wrote It

The Composer of The Americans’ Brilliant Theme Song Breaks Down Exactly How He Wrote It

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Slate's Culture Blog
May 19 2016 8:02 AM

How to Compose a TV Score, With The Americans’ Nathan Barr

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Suzy Jane Hunt as Alice and Holly Taylor as Paige.

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Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, June Thomas sits down with the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans as they reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's fourth season. 

In this installment about Episode 410, “Munchkins,” composer Nathan Barr joins June Thomas and showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss his process for composing the show's score. In addition to performing some of his unique custom-made instruments like the sympathetic drone cello, Barr breaks down the Emmy-nominated main title theme.

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

Podcast produced by Henry Molofsky.

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or with our RSS feed.

June Thomas is managing producer of Slate podcasts.