Episode 59: Transparent

Dustin O’Halloran – “Transparent (Main Title Theme)”

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Transparent is an Amazon original series, created by Jill Soloway. The story centers on a family where the father, played by actor Jeffrey Tambor, comes out to his children and the to world at large as transgender. The first season was released in September 2014. It was critically acclaimed and won a lot of awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. In this episode, composer Dustin O’Halloran breaks down how he made the Transparent theme, using an 80-year old piano and channeling his own family nostalgia.

Watch the opening title sequence:

You can get the original music from Transparent on Amazon.

footnotes
Dustin’s song from Piano Solos, Volume 2 that plays in the episode is Opus 22. You can buy the album on vinyl or the song on iTunes.

sponsors
This episode is sponsored by Hover, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and MeUndies.

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