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This is the way of the Mandalorian

Like many, I’ve been enjoying the 2nd season of The Mandalorian on Disney+ that has been enriched by the score from the Oscar®, Grammy®, and Emmy® winning composer Ludwig Göransson (TenetBlack Panther). Walt Disney Records has released the soundtrack for The Mandalorian S2, Volume 1 (Chapters 9-12) for fans to enjoy. You can buy to enjoy this holiday season here! What’s been your favorite song? Despite being an UTTER Jedi I must admit I love ‘Long Live the Empire’! Hmm I hope I don’t yell ‘Die Rebel Scum’ next time I’m driving! Leave a comment below about your favorite song and episode of The Mandalorian and who you hope will make an appearance! I loved seeing an adult Ahsoka but kind of want to see General Thrawn and Ezra from Star Wars Rebels!

Mark your calendar for The Mandalorian Season 2, Volume 2 (Chapters 13-16) digital album available on December 18.

The Mandalorian earned Göransson his first Emmy for Chapter 8: Redemption in the Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) category. For season one of the Disney+ Star Wars series he released a full length album per episode (total 8) and for the current season he will release the soundtrack in two volumes that will include themes, sounds and ideas. Göransson weaves instruments that he’s played including the bass recorder, woodwinds, drums, guitars, piano and percussion with tech sounds and a cinematic orchestra. 

The score enriches each episode to play on the richness of the stories for the series that is an adventure of a Mandalorian and the child in his charge. The music is often in the background almost like something you see out of the corner of your eye a steady beat directing and guiding our emotions as an episode runs the gamut from humor to terror (yikes those spider things on the ice planet) but always an homage to traditional Star Wars orchestra sound with a modern twist. I find his soundtracks are almost a path or guide to bring the audience along on the journey the director/writer has invited us to join.

I look forward to listening to Göransson as I enjoy Season 2 of The Mandalorian.

About Ludwig Göransson

In a career spanning only 12 years, Ludwig Göransson has amassed an impressive resume in both the recording and motion picture industries, earning an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, multiple Grammy Awards and countless other nominations. After working as an assistant to composer Theodore Shapiro, Göransson got his first big break writing music for the NBC television series, Community. This led to a friendship and collaboration with Donald Glover, who performs under the stage name Childish Gambino, on several studio albums including Because the Internet and Awaken, My Love. Göransson has been nominated for six Grammys with Childish Gambino, and won two in 2019 for the Billboard Hot 100 Number One hit song “This Is America,” which became a cultural phenomenon and garnered world-wide acclaim.

While pursuing his masters degree in film scoring at USC, Göransson met his other longtime collaborator, director Ryan Coogler, when he scored his short film, Locks. Over the next nine years, Göransson would score all three of Coogler’s feature films. Much like iconic filmmaking duos Hitchcock and Herrmann or Spielberg and Williams, Coogler’s diverse filmography has allowed Göransson to show his range as a composer, writing understated melodies for Fruitvale Station, hyping up audiences for Creed, and infusing African percussion into his themes for Black Panther.

Göransson has accumulated success in a variety of other films including the box office smash Venom and Pixar’s Inner Workings. In 2019, Göransson earned multiple awards and nominations for his score for Black Panther including a Golden Globe nomination, a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack, and an Academy Award for Best Original Score. He won two Grammy Awards for his song “This is America”, which he co-wrote and co-produced with frequent collaborator Childish Gambino.

Most recently, Göransson completed the score for Season 2 of The Mandalorian, LucasFilm’s first Star Wars live-action series helmed by director Jon Favreau, streaming exclusively on Disney+.  In September 2020, he won his first Emmy Award for his work on the series. Göransson also composed the music for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which premiered late summer 2020. In addition, he co-wrote and co-produced the songs for DreamWorks’ Trolls World Tour with Justin Timberlake, which exceeded expectations with its history-making digital releasein April 2020, racking up nearly $100 million in sales in just three weeks.

About “The Mandalorian” Season 2

The new season finds the Mandalorian and the Child continuing their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies, as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire.“The Mandalorian” stars Pedro Pascal, with guest stars Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito. Directors for the new season include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez. Showrunner Jon Favreau serves as executive producer along with Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson, with Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck serving as co-executive producers. The writers for this season are 

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