Composers Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli Bring ‘Absurd’ Sounds to an ‘Incredible’ True Story with Music from ‘The Thing About Pam’ – Hear Two Exclusive Tracks
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has the first pair of exclusive tracks from Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinellithe score of The thing about PamWhich one is ready for release via Milan Records on April 15, following the release of the NBC The true crime ratings finale has hit.
The limited series produced by Blumhouse Television centers on the 2011 murder of State Farm employee Betsy Faria (Katy Mixon), which resulted in the conviction of her husband Russ (Glenn Fleshler), although he insisted on the fact that he had not killed her and was later exonerated. This brutal crime set off a chain of events that would reveal an evil plan deeply involving Faria’s supposed friend, Pam Hupp (Renée Zellweger).
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From Belousova and Ostinelli’s perspective, Pam is someone who “runs through town like a larger-than-life predatory force that will crush anything that comes its way”.
The show’s main theme, “The thing about Pam“, is presented as “a motif combined with a predatory march”, reflecting someone who is “on a mission, marching to the beat of his own drum”. Just like in the series, “it’s all about Pam because it’s is the thing with Pam”, say the composers, “it’s all about her theme too”.
The thing about Pam The soundtrack features the main theme of the show “in many alterations, ranging from menacing and catchy to slow and disturbing, or even absurd and funky”, the composers note. “We can’t forget that this is a true story with real people, real heartbreaking tragedies, even if the truth is stranger than fiction. Therefore, we use a string quartet with its sound fragile, sometimes coarse, sometimes a little edgy or slightly out of tune, to emphasize the raw, heartbreaking and emotional journey our characters go through.
While Belousova and Ostinelli’s score is melody-driven, its melody is surrounded by “peculiar and absurd instrumental choices” reflecting a series of events in the story that are both “bizarre and unbelievable”.
“Pam is constantly sipping on her Big Gulp, so sipping isn’t just part of her daily lifestyle, it’s become an integral part of her soundtrack,” the duo said. “We also added an occasional ‘ka-ching’ sound by sampling a cash register and had an instrument maker create a combination of a waterphone and a daxophone.”
Belousova and Ostinelli are best known for their work on the Netflix mega hit, the witcher, whose soundtrack has surpassed 300 million album streams worldwide, charting in Billboard’s Top 10 Soundtrack Albums, Top 20 Current Albums, and Top 20 Album Sales, and reaching No. #1 on iTunes in all major territories worldwide. They were also behind the album’s hit single, “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher”, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Songs Sales chart and No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart. Billboard, and quickly became a viral sensation, amassing millions of streams and inspiring countless YouTube covers and remixes.
The duo’s previous projects include Amazon Studios The Romanovsfrom Mad Men creator and nine-time Emmy winner Matthew Weiner; Facebook Watch and Blumhouse Television sacred lies, created by Emmy-nominated Raelle Tucker and starring Juliette Lewis; and Paramount Network’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Mist, starring Frances Conroy; among other series and films.
Faria’s murder has already been examined in several episodes of NBC Deadline, becoming one of the most popular topics ever explored on the hit NBC franchise. He also became the subject of the popular podcast of 2019, The thing about Pam, which remains one of the most downloaded podcasts on Apple Podcasts. The NBC series premiered on March 8 and saw a 400% ratings boost by its second episode, making it the first digital premiere on Peacock for any NBC show in its first seven. days on the streaming service. Josh Duhamel, Judy Greer, Gideon Adlon, Sean Bridgers, Suanne Spoke and Mac Brandt complete its cast. Blumhouse Television, NBC News Studios and Big Picture Co. produced, with Zellweger, Carmella Casinelli, showrunner Jenny Klein, Mary-Margaret Kunze, Scott Winant, Jessika Borsiczky, Liz Cole, Noah Oppenheim, Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold and Mary Lisio Executive Producer.
The thing about PamThe main theme of can be found above. Listen to a lyrical and introspective version of this theme, titled “Did she win after all,” clicking below.
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