GODLESS on Netflix!

GODLESS on Netflix!

As Frank Griffin says: “Well folks – how about it” – for the past year and a half, I’ve had both the challenge and privilege to score Godless, a Western – A WESTERN!

Writing music that felt truthful to the genre, while walking among such iconic composers as Ennio Morricone and Elmer Bernstein was not lost on me.

As many of the cast probably noticed through the premiere, first and foremost I am a fan. Mostly because they all delivered inspiring performances.

And thanks to the almighty Scott Frank and the keenest editing by Michelle Tesoro, I was given seven and a half hours to tell story.

I collaborated closely and learned from the best sound folks in the business – Wylie Stateman and Eric Hoehn – to design a soundscape that would support Scott’s vision.

While the music making team, Tom Kramer, David Stal, Jeremy Levy, and Lawrence Manchester helped me get to and through the finish line.

The Godless Post team were a dream to work with, as they were extremely supportive under the pressure a project of this scope carries.

While at home, my better half, Lisette, lent an ear and kept things sane – I’m too lucky.

Finally, if you like the theme, there are possibly two reasons: 1) T Bone Burnett mixed it (for real!!), and 2) The amazing Joy Adams played Cello and Fiddle. As a matter of fact, Joy Adams plays (and sings) all over the score for Godless. She is a wonder, and you will hear why…

I really really hope you enjoy this ride, and savor each episode of Godless – take the time. Scott tells a great story.




  • Mitsi Wagner
    Posted at 00:02h, 06 January Reply

    This score was very rich. I often listened to it from another room while my husband watched it on Netflix. ( hate westerns). I appreciated the storytelling qualities of the score. It was accurate and supportive and explicative of the story — never solely “background music”. In fact, the score was richer and deeper and of more lasting value than the story, itself. People who have this composer as a teacher are fortunate.

    • Carlos Rafael Rivera
      Posted at 01:16h, 06 January Reply

      thanks SO much for such an honest note!!! It is a privilege to teach the students I have at the Frost School of Music. Have a Happy New Year!


  • Kevin Kellam
    Posted at 01:41h, 18 January Reply


    I’m a huge film (and Western ) fan, and I greatly enjoyed your beautiful score for Godless. I was hoping that it would become available for sale on either CD or vinyl at some point. Do you have any idea if there are plans to release it for sale?

    • Carlos Rafael Rivera
      Posted at 11:26h, 31 January Reply

      Thanks for the comment Kevin! – As of yet, Netflix is not planning on a release, but have my fingers crossed they will. Many folks have reached out and asked, so I am hopeful. So glad you enjoyed the score and the story Scott told.

  • Daniel Kahn
    Posted at 16:13h, 02 May Reply

    I loved this score as well, and read your comment in January that you were hoping that Netflix will release it.

    Just following up, any news on this front?

    • Carlos Rafael Rivera
      Posted at 01:42h, 05 May Reply

      Thanks SO much for checking in…I am still hopeful, and may be close to something…will make sure to let you know. Can’t tell you how much it means – Thanks!!!

  • Jonathan Bonneau
    Posted at 03:05h, 26 May Reply

    I rarely post comments online and I also rarely get caught in soundtracks this deep, but I have to say that this one hooked me like Legends of the Fall and such did. Thank you for this music and I really do hope a purchase of an album will be available soon.

    • Carlos Rafael Rivera
      Posted at 15:17h, 29 May Reply

      Thank you SO much Jonathan!!!! It looks like it will…fingers still crossed. Will let you know as soon as I know!! thanks again. It means the world!

  • Louise Lannoye
    Posted at 00:12h, 04 June Reply

    I really hope the soundtrack from godless will be available on cd. We don’t have mp3, just a disc player and turntable. Love the music.

    • Carlos Rafael Rivera
      Posted at 20:43h, 15 June Reply

      No Hard Copies – Just MP3’s I’m afraid – So glad you enjoy the music though and thanks So much for writing!

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