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Person Of Interest by Ramin Djawadi (Review)

posted Jan 3, 2013, 3:28 PM by Kaya Savas

Ramin Djawadi is probably getting a lot of attention for his score to Game Of Thrones, but people should definitely not dismiss his intricate and entertaining scoring for this crime drama. Person Of Interest returns Ramin to the world of network television after his incredibly successful run on Prison Break. He juggles the cable show Game Of Thrones as well, but the 22-episode network arc is a much different beast. For Person Of Interest we get really great motifs that make the show intriguing but also give it a bit of character; a rarity for a procedural. 

One thing that Ramin is brilliant at with his scoring is creating worlds, which he has gotten better and better at through his career. He has a very distinct scoring style and sound, but each of his scores usually has some indescribable aspect that makes it unique to the story he’s scoring. This is the case with Person Of Interest, which blends sci-fi, interesting characters and suspenseful plotting week to week. There’s nothing fancy about the instrumentation or the approach here. What I think made this score so entertaining for me were actually the themes and little melodies that would pop up. The score has a subtle hooking quality that grasps you as a listener, which is effective for what the show is. The emotional more human side of the score doesn’t play as strong on the listener. Djawadi will use a guitar to accent the music here and there to add an acoustic touch, and it helps. But in the end the score is more of an entertaining and intriguing listen than a suspenseful and emotional one.. 

Ramin’s work on Person Of Interest is solid television scoring and is a very different beast compared to his other TV score. It’s great at setting up a plotting pace and injecting some character and identity to the music. The electronic soundscape combined with strings definitely makes the score unique and builds a sonic world. The “interest” in Person Of Interest is definitely there and it makes for a supremely entertaining listen. It will be interesting to hear how Ramin decides to expand the music as the show progresses.