The Composers: Hit & Run
Posted on May 16, 2012 12:44pm

In this heart wrenching two- hour season finale, season 7 concludes with a federal bank under attack and hostages being taken, including a BAU team member. Meanwhile, Emily Prentiss says goodbye.

This episode centers around a ticking clock as a bank robbery quickly becomes a hostage situation and the BAU are called in immediately. For the central theme of this episode, we composed a rhythmic pulse that continually builds as the situation becomes more immediate and stressful for all parties involved. The heart pounding theme resonates with distorted drums, basses and guitars. As the situation becomes more stressful, the pulse's tempo continually changes, becoming faster and faster as different situations occur.

The second theme we composed encompasses the male and female robbery team. We see their relationship change throughout the robbery and the hostage negotiation. A frenetic theme showcases their post trauma behavior towards the hostages and each other. Using cello and guitar, we inverted the sound so they play backwards. We layered that with high piano notes, also played backwards, to elevate the frenzy of the hostage situation.

Individual members of the BAU team are all confronting a different situation in this episode. We felt it appropriate to use different elements to showcase the different situations for each. The situation around BAU Agent Emily Prentiss allowed for us to explore more emotional musical elements. For her, we used strings, piano and woodwinds to surround a conversation that ends unfavorably and causes stress among the team. BAU Agent J.J. has a personal crisis which is portrayed through the unraveling of the musical theme surrounding the robbers. She then has a very emotional moment that allowed us to explore lighter music using an orchestra. Surrounding an unpredictable situation between BAU Agent Morgan and BAU Unit Chief Director Strauss, we used piano and a Wurlitzer, an electric piano. As the situation heightens the piano enters a lower register and as the scene breaks it becomes much lighter and relieving.