‘The Mindy Project’ Composer on Using Music to Deliver on the ‘Promise of True Love’ – Variety

Composer Jesse Novak has used music to enhance the mood of “The Mindy Project” from its inception. Over the years, his sounds have underscored Mindy’s romantic fantasies.

“As the story developed and there was more heartache and ambiguity, I started playing with variations of romantic themes and adding different colors,” Novak tells Variety. “The genesis was about the promise of true love.”

Ahead of the series finale, Variety speaks with Novak about wrapping up his first series, his process on the romcom versus a comedy like “BoJack Horseman,” and growing up in a creative household with his brother, B.J. Novak.

What was most important to you to do when working on the music for “The Mindy Project’s” series finale, and did it include a return to the melody that plays whenever Mindy (Mindy Kaling) is attracted to someone?

That music was licensed, so it was not an original piece of music by me, but I’ve borrowed that melody. I did use it in the finale, but from another character’s point of view — maybe the first time it’s used to convey attraction and romance not from Mindy’s point of view. More than just this episode, I’m thinking about the whole six years wrapping up. It’s been a journey. I’m trying to do service to that by going back to Seasons 1 and 2 because while I’ve evolved the sound, I’ve paid attention to go back to certain melodies that I consider classic. I think everybody working on the show feels some attachment and wants to wrap it up in a way that connects the finale to the pilot. I put extra time into the music for the finale to try to enhance that feeling. It’s been an emotional goodbye. I’ve written so much music for the show and sometimes it feels crazy, but it has become a part of my brain, playing those notes. I like to feel like I’ve contributed to that world. It’s amazing to go through a show all the way from beginning to end. That’s a first for me.

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