the Seinfeld The soundtrack is officially released, 23 years after the end of the hit series’ finale.
Released today (July 2) on all music streaming platforms via WaterTower, the 33-track album will mark the first time the show’s music will be heard outside of the context of the series.
Talk to Variety, the show’s composer Jonathan Wolff has said he needs to return to the show’s nine seasons in order to put the tracks together, which includes the iconic slap-bass opening theme. Wolff, a prolific television composer, also created the themes of Will & Grace and Caroline in the city, among others.
“Was that the main audio of a famous Seinfeld scene? Did he significantly contribute to the comedy of the scene? And upon hearing it, will it serve as an instantly identifiable signature and bring warm blurs to a Seinfeld fan who will remember this scene? Wolff said.
The album will also include music that was supposed to be included on the show, but never aired. In an episode where Elaine is dating a saxophonist, some scenes that ended up being cut were shot in a jazz club setting.
“So I needed to create a whole bunch of jazz, but all those scenes are gone,” Wolff explained.
Elsewhere throughout the interview, Wolff discussed how he came up with the show’s opening theme and introduced it to Jerry Seinfeld. The idea was “to accompany [Seinfeld] in a way that does not interfere with the sound of [his] standing routine ”.
“The bassline was designed to stay within a frequency range that doesn’t interfere with one’s vocals. That slamming bass sound could start and stop to make audio holes for the timing of his jokes and punchlines. It served as a kind of old vaudeville rimshot for his jokes, ”Wolff said.
“It meant I was going to have to reconstruct every piece of music for every monologue, based on times and durations, but it was fine with me. This made it possible to give a signature to the show.
In related news, Jerry Seinfeld was recently announced to direct and produce Not frosted, a brand new Netflix movie about Pop-Tarts. The comedian is also expected to perform there, which he co-wrote with Seinfeld writer Spike Feresten and comedic colleague Barry Marder.