Magazine article Variety

‘Runaways’ Score Goes Electronic

Magazine article Variety

‘Runaways’ Score Goes Electronic

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HULU SERIES "Runaways" marks the third entry in a trio of fall projects showcasing the diverse range of composer Siddhartha Khosla. Unlike his organic-infused instrumentation for NBC's "This Is Us" or surf guitar sounds in CBS' "Me, Myself and I," "Runaways," set to debut Nov. 21, finds the composer crafting a completely electronic score for the story, which is based on a Marvel comic about a group of gifted teens of different backgrounds who form an organization called The Pride to rebel against their supervillain parents.

After meeting with executive producer Josh Schwartz and reading the pilot script, Khosla convinced the producers that a non-orchestral score would perfectly suit the layered storylines.

Reflecting on the sound of electronic bands that inspired him as a teen, such as Depeche Mode and the Cure, Khosla selected vintage synths, including the Roland Juno-60, the Oberheim DX and the 808 kick drum. Working offthe pilot script, he wrote music for a few scenes and shared them with the production team, which agreed it was the best sound for the show and main title theme.

"It was nice to break away from what is commonly heard in that universe," Khosla says. "It's extremely synth-heavy but also very simple."

Khosla layered the electronic sounds, weaving an ethereal tapestry that emphasizes the characters' complex emotions. The only organic elements used are vocals, which are run through a vocoder before being introduced to the mix. To further explore the action sequences, Khosla developed several themes highlighting the intensity of The Pride and the drama of the teen rebellion. …

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