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Tuned in Tuesday: Comic-Con 2017 Edition 

Tuned in Tuesday: Comic-Con 2017 Edition
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Would your favorite TV shows be the same without a great “soundtrack?” If they’re doing it right, you don’t necessarily notice the musical cues happening underneath all the great drama or action or comedy of the episodes as you watch. But ultimately it is up to the composer to add to your experience of watching TV. If the music is just right, you’re practically falling off your seat in dread or anticipation or horror. Or something about the ambient noise of a scene draws you in. While it’s important for composers to get the musical moments just right, it’s just as important for them to help you navigate through moments of quiet as well.

Photo Credit: Chandler Poling/White Bear PR

I had the great pleasure of talking one-on-one with a group of composers at Comic-Con this year: Preacher‘s Dave Porter, 13 Reasons Why‘s Eskmo, Stranger ThingsMichael Stein & Kyle Dixon and Montreal-based composer Nathalie Bonin. Even if you’re not familiar with their shows or their work, I hope you’ll take the time to watch all the interviews. Each composer talks about their passion for these projects, how they found the right sound for their shows and what made them pursue careers in music in the first place.

Preacher Season 2 Key Art

Based on the popular cult comic book franchise of the same name, Preacher is an absurdly twisted and action packed thrill ride. When Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher with a criminal past, realizes God is absent from Heaven, Jesse sets out to find him. Along for the ride are Tulip, Jesse’s volatile true love, and Cassidy, an 119 year old Irish vampire and Jesse’s best mate. The gang ends up in New Orleans, where they must dodge local gangsters, dangerous secret agents in white suits, and the Saint of Killers, an unstoppable killer cowboy from Hell.

Preacher airs Mondays at 9/8c on AMC. Check out our previews and recaps here.

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Based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons ​Why follows teenager Clay Jensen as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them? If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, 13 Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heart wrenching story of teenage life that will deeply affect viewers.

You can stream Season 1 of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix now.

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Stranger Things: A love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

Stranger Things 2: It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

You can stream Season 1 of Stranger Things on Netflix now. Here’s a link to our Q&A with the the series creator/EPs.

I also had the pleasure of talking to Montreal-based composer Nathalie Bonin. She talks about a number of Canadian projects you may be familiar with as well as her path to music and how her relationship with it has evolved over the years.

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