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Music student adds depth to “House of Cards” score

“House of Cards” returns on March 4 when the fourth season brings 13 new episodes to Netflix. With it comes the haunting and sophisticated musical score, the perfect way to set the scene for an American political drama. It may be hard to believe that portions of it were created in a University of North Texas dorm room by College of Music Jazz studies student Henry Beal.

“My role is to play the electric bass,” said Beal. “The bass lines were very specific to match the mood and characters.”

Beal is the son of the series’ composer, Jeff Beal, who writes, performs and edits the music in his California home, reaching out to family and friends when he needs to add specific instruments or sounds.

“I’d played bass tracks on scores for my dad previously, but this one was easily the most high profile and compelling,” Beal said. “It’s always odd to hear yourself play, but Jeff mixes everything extremely well, so it sounds like my bass is a natural part of the soundscape of the show.”

Beal hopes to continue to contribute to “House of Cards,” but, with his passion for everything from jazz to composition, he says he Henry Bealwants to stay focused on becoming well-rounded musically.

“It’s an honor to be featured in such high-profile music, but my education at UNT and musical growth are my top priority,” said Beal. “As long as I find some career path where I’m fulfilled with music in some way – composing, playing, anything – I’ll be happy.”

To set up an interview with Henry Beal, call Courtney Taylor at (940) 369-7912.       

What: Interview with University of North Texas College of Music student Henry Beal who contributes to “House of Cards” musical score.

When: Available by appointment.

Where: UNT Music Building,.

More information: Connect with the College of Music on Facebook at Facebook.com/UNTCollegeofMusic and on Twitter at @UNTCoM.

 

-- Courtney Taylor, News Promotions

Posted on: Fri 12 February 2016

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