This week, for Walter White Wednesday, I want to take a moment to examine the sound of Breaking Bad.
Way back when, TV shows had theme songs - Gilligan's Island or The Beverly Hillbillies - c'mon, you know the words! (In fact, you're probably humming them right now!) That's less in favor now, but music is still a major part of most shows. This is especially true of Breaking Bad. Once you hear it, you won't forget it.
There are two people who are primarily responsible for the sound of the show - composer Dave Porter is tasked with coming up with the original music and music supervisor Thomas Golubic, whose job involves getting clearances to use prerecorded music - such as this brilliant gem.
Golubic also serves in the music supervisor capacity for Walking Dead, so he's a particularly busy fellow. This interview details one of the most striking uses of music within Breaking Bad - the narcocorrido about the cartel's plans for Heisenberg. It also includes Golubic's ideal playlist for . . . well, read the interview.
Dave Porter prefers to keep sounds fresh and ever-evolving, and therefore tries to stay away from motifs associated with a particular character. Yet, as he says in this interview, "Sonically,you always know you're watching Breaking Bad."