The 100 composer Tree Adams shares season 4 soundtrack details with Hypable’s Hype Podcast.

In season 3, The 100 got a major sound upgrade when Tree Adams joined the kru as composer, creating a beautiful and action-packed soundtrack that helped crank up the levels on the scale of epicness.

With The 100 season 4 in full swing, we had the pleasure of speaking to Adams about his work on the series, his favorite themes and characters, the ‘sound of the season,’ as well as some of his other projects.

The complete interview is available in audio form for direct download or via iTunes and the Podcasts app, or you can simply listen below:

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‘The 100’ composer Tree Adams talks scoring the apocalypse

The conversation spans everything from how Adams first got started in the industry to very specific sounds of different characters and themes of The 100 season 4. One highlight from the interview was Adams explaining his process, and how much freedom he has in terms of experimenting with different sounds and instruments.

“With The 100 I’ve been fortunate in that the music has become another character in the show,” says Adams. “Jason Rothenberg wants to tell a story with music, so I’ll get some moments … [producer] Tim Scanlan will kinda smile and say, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna ride you up here.’ It’s a cool thing to get that room to spread your wings musically within the context of somebody’s story.”

Related: The 100 season 4, episode 3 review: She’s making a list, he’s checking it twice

Adams shares his appreciation for the “melting pot” of sounds and instruments available to him in the imagined future of The 100, explaining, “We use a lot of contemporary pulses and soundscape stuff, mixed with all kinds of world instrumentation, in addition to all the traditional orchestral stuff. So it’s pretty wide open. Especially now that I’ve been doing it for a while, and Jason trusts me, I do feel free to take risks. And I like that, cause that’s when some of the best stuff happens.”

But the risks don’t always make it into the final score. “I did something the other day where I was singing really low, like Tuvan monks,” Adams recalls. “I layered a whole bunch of crazy low vocals underneath this scene, and it just played a little too crazy and I got shot down. But I mean, why not? You gotta go for it!”

We also discussed the process of creating the score, from his initial ideas to the finished product. Says Adams, “Usually before the season starts I’ll write a bunch of thematic material that speaks to what lies ahead, a thematic sweep. As far as the actual episode by episode goes, I’ll get a rough cut, I’ll start writing to it, and then we’ll all sit down and do what’s called a spotting session.”

The 100 season 4 Abby

As they’re planning out the season’s musical journey, “I will especially try and help guide us towards some kind of thematic fabric,” says Adams, “so I’ll be like ‘Okay, this is this sort of love here, burgeoning between these two, let’s do something with that, because we know in the episode before they kissed, and now they’re having some tensions.’ You know, you kind of want to have long arcs that accompany the story.”

Returning for his second season as composer for The 100, naturally we can expect to hear some familiar themes, mixed in with completely new sounds.

“We’re operating in a world we’ve established, so there’s a certain amount that is gonna be the same,” Adams says. “We do have some new characters, some new relationships — and some of the old characters, even though they have a relationship, that relationship has changed a little bit. So some of our palette is intact, but we’re bringing in some new things.”

One of the new pieces of music we can expect is Echo’s theme — which Adams compares to Darth Vader’s theme in Star Wars.

The 100 season 4 Echo

“We have this new character Echo, she’s sort of the right-hand woman of Roan, and she’s almost got this Darth Vader theme going,” he says. “Every once in a while I’ll do, like, almost a military snare drum and then these staccato brass things like ba-ba-da-da! But that just happened because she kept arriving in these military situations, and I was like, alright, that’s just gonna be her thing.”

“There are also some new dynamics that I certainly can’t speak about,” he adds, “things that are happening in the world that are new, so we have to introduce a whole new flavor for them. That’s one of the beautiful things about the show, it’s the same world but it’s really changing, so every season you get to breathe new life into it, sonically and thematically.”

When asked how one goes about musically representing the end of the world, Adams reveals that, “at the beginning of the season, I sat down to write a theme called the ‘End of the World Theme.’ I have some strings that are doing a motif that’s pretty severe, and obviously fraught with emotion and finality; there’s base, piano, octaves, just giving you that really, frickin’, ‘someone just died’ thing, and then I’ve got this weird undulating synth base that’s pretty distinct and wiggly. I was just tweaking some oscillators and got something that felt really unsettling, and I was like, alright, that’s my guy. You’ll feel it, you know?”

We also spoke a bit about the development of the Grounders’ music. Adams explains that as they were figuring out what kind of music the Grounders would play and have access to, they asked themselves, “Did they have to reinvent music? What do they know of music? There’s a piano around, so that’s a segue into Western scales.”

“The thought was that it’s like a poly-cultural soup, like a globalized, all of the different music and instruments,” he says. “Imagine that they’ve been melted in this future, and it’s a little bit more of a wide-open palette. Which I think is where things are heading on some level, because of the globalization of the ecomony, and the Internet being what it is, and people having access to all kinds of music.”

“There’s all these different things that are cross-pollinating in pop culture, and I think ultimately that’s probably where it’s all going, all of the different instruments and the palette will blend all of the languages, all of the stylistic rhythms and everything is gonna kind of melt into one big pot. And when thinking about where the Grounders are at, that’s how we envisioned it. They’ve had to start again, but the idea is that they found some instruments lying around. The walls have been broken down, it’s not in bins.”

The 100 season 4 Octavia

On existing themes that are changing, Adams points to Octavia — who he also names as his favorite character of the season, echoing both Jason Rothenberg and Bob Morley in previous Hypable interviews.

“Octavia is the one who has transformed the most so far, her character is really exciting this season. She’s unhinged,” he teases. “And so what you’ve got there, musically, is basically this cold-blooded killer, so we have this treacherous assassin motif for her. It’s this dark, gigantic horn theme, and then we’ll play it sometimes when she’s sneaking around, on lighter instruments. If you listen quietly we’ll play it on a harp or something like that. But yeah, she’s really exciting this season.”

And yes, Kabby fans: We can confirm that there’s gonna be a Kabby love theme on the season 4 soundtrack.

“There was a little bit of a romantic thing with them last year — they had this one kiss — but they didn’t last long. They were always having this intimate conversation that was then interrupted by the urgent matter at hand, or they were chipped and having a conversation where they weren’t themselves,” Adams recalls. “So while there was the seeds of a love theme, I didn’t really have enough of a thing for it last season to put it on the soundtrack. It was almost in there… but let’s just say there is enough of it this year.”

the 100 season 3 soundtrack

Of course the soundtrack needs to come out first, and Tree Adams reminds us that it’s not a certain thing. “Half the battle is showing there’s an audience for it,” he says, which luckily we know The 100 fans are more than capable of doing! Adams further expresses an interest in releasing the season 4 soundtrack on vinyl, which would be an awesome way to experience the post-apocalyptic, futuristic soundscape of the series.

While he hasn’t named all the tracks yet, Adams does tease that, along with the Kabby theme, we can probably expect a track named “Bellamy’s Choice” based on his decision in the second episode of season 4.

As for whether we can expect an updated version of the Bellarke theme in season 4? The short answer is yes. Says Adams, “there has always been some thematic material for them, and that will continue throughout this season. And it certainly evolves, because that’s a very crucial relationship.”

Finally, I asked Adams to define the ‘sound of the season,’ as much as such a thing can be done. “It’s very dark,” Adams muses. “We have a lot of emotion and high stakes, and it’s pretty exotic-sounding.”

For more detailed answers to all of these questions and lots more information on the character themes, the history of Grounder music and more, listen to the full podcast interview above or download/subscribe to the podcast!

The 100‘ airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c on The CW

If you liked this interview with Tree Adams, make sure you also check out Hype Podcast’s interviews with The 100 language creator David J. Peterson and author Kass Morgan.

Here are the 2017 Oscars winners and losers

8:25 pm EST, February 26, 2017

The 2017 Oscars took place Sunday night in Hollywood and found La La Land cleaning up with six wins. Here are the Academy Award winners!

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2017 Oscars, which took place at the Dolby Theater. The event featured live performances of all five Oscar-nominated songs.

2017 Oscar winners list

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The 2017 Oscars took place Sunday night in Hollywood and found La La Land cleaning up with six wins. Here are the Academy Award winners!

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2017 Oscars, which took place at the Dolby Theater. The event featured live performances of all five Oscar-nominated songs.

2017 Oscar winners list

Related: We asked our parents to describe the 2017 Oscar nominees

Below is a complete list of Oscar winner and losers.

2017 Oscar winner list

Note: The final winner of the night was originally announced to be La La Land, but the announcement was actually an error — Moonlight won Best Picture. Awkward.

Best Picture:
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land

Lion
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

Best Actress:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor:
Casey Affleck – Manchester By the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Arrival – Eric Heisserer
Fences – August Wilson
Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Lion – Luke Davies
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Best Original Screenplay:
20th Century Women – Mike Mills
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Manchester By the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Original Song:
“Audition” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Score:
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Cinematography:
Bradford Young – Arrival
Linus Sandgren – La La Land
Grieg Fraser – Lion
James Laxton – Moonlight
Rodrigo Prieto – Silence

Best Live Action Short Film
Timecode
Sing
Silent Nights
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV

Best Documentary, Short Subject:
4.1 Miles
Extremis
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best Editing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Visual Effects:
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Production Design:
Arrival
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Animated Feature:
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Animated Short:
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Best Foreign Language Film:
Land of Mine, Denmark
The Salesman, Iran
A Man Called Ove, Sweden
Tanna, Australia
Toni Erdmann, Germany

Best Supporting Actress:
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester By the Sea

Best Sound Mixing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Sound Editing:
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Documentary Feature:
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

Best Costume Design:
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
A Man Called Ove

Best Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

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Lightning McQueen’s biggest enemy is himself in the new Cars 3 trailer.

The second major preview premiered during the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, where voice actor Owen Wilson served as grand marshal.

The new Cars 3 trailer finds Lightning pushing himself to compete with high tech cars that are engineered to win. The character suffers a serious accident during a race and finds himself back at square one, having to work himself back up to what he once was.

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Lightning McQueen’s biggest enemy is himself in the new Cars 3 trailer.

The second major preview premiered during the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, where voice actor Owen Wilson served as grand marshal.

The new Cars 3 trailer finds Lightning pushing himself to compete with high tech cars that are engineered to win. The character suffers a serious accident during a race and finds himself back at square one, having to work himself back up to what he once was.

While Cars 3’s main setting is unclear, we do see Lightning at least briefly returning to Radiator Springs (Gotta keep Cars Land at Disneyland relevant)!. This appears to be the I-need-to-rediscover-myself-by-remembering-my-origins scene.

Cars 3 looks dramatic, emotional, and possibly targeting kids and adults? We’ll race into theaters for this installment when Pixar’s latest opens this summer.

A synopsis from Pixar reads: “Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!”

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We asked our parents to describe the 2017 Oscar nominees

It's because we love them that we use them for our amusement.

10:30 am EST, February 26, 2017

When your friends and family don’t know about the films of the 2017 Oscars, you just have to take advantage of their ignorance and laugh.

The title of a movie (usually) makes obvious sense when you know what that movie is about. But titles can be so vague, and when you have no prior knowledge of the movie, the plot isn’t typically easy to decipher. How fun would it be then, to ask our friends and family to guess the plots of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars?

The task was simple for us. We gave our friends and family a movie title from the 2017 Oscars, and asked them to guess what the movie is about. It’s not, however, such a simple task for them. They weren’t allowed to look it up. No cheating allowed! As you can imagine, we got some interesting responses.

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When your friends and family don’t know about the films of the 2017 Oscars, you just have to take advantage of their ignorance and laugh.

The title of a movie (usually) makes obvious sense when you know what that movie is about. But titles can be so vague, and when you have no prior knowledge of the movie, the plot isn’t typically easy to decipher. How fun would it be then, to ask our friends and family to guess the plots of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars?

The task was simple for us. We gave our friends and family a movie title from the 2017 Oscars, and asked them to guess what the movie is about. It’s not, however, such a simple task for them. They weren’t allowed to look it up. No cheating allowed! As you can imagine, we got some interesting responses.

Be sure to check out the ridiculous responses we got for the 2016 Oscars too!

Time to let her rip tater chip.

‘Lion’

Our participants start out on a high note. Well, they at least know who’s in the movie.

‘Arrival’

Success continues with Arrival, as they have the vague idea it’s about space aliens (although it’s possible one of them is confused with Passengers).

‘Fences’

There was a common general premise our friends and family had of Fences.

‘Moonlight’

They did well with Moonlight…until they didn’t.

‘La La Land’

Maybe La La Land will be better! Everyone knows La La Land! Right…?

‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Oh no, we’re starting to lose them!

‘Hidden Figures’

No lie though, I’d watch that.

‘Captain Fantastic’

We’ve officially lost them.

‘Hell or High Water’

Could these plots be any more varied?

‘Nocturnal Animals’

It might have been a good idea for Nocturnal Animals to change its name.

‘Silence’

They’re really losing it now. They’ve had enough!

‘Manchester by the Sea’

Someone needs to turn these ideas into full screenplays, they are gold.

‘The Lobster’

What did they expect people would think when they named it The Lobster?

Thanks to Ariella, Brandi, Donya, Karen, Kendra, Kyle, Matthew, Pamela, Selina, and the friends and family they may or may not have annoyed all week.

Which 2017 Oscars movie do you think has the most misleading title?