The Guitar Twang and Ethereal Lodge Music are Code For Mike Activity

Synopsis

The Mike Guitar Twang Sound

In many scenes during this season we here two audio cues– this guitar twang, and an ethereal, subdued background music. Often accompanied together

Hypothesis

When we hear the Guitar Twang, or the ethereal lodge music, it means Mike is onscreen, present, or somehow involved immediately in the events onscreen

The Facts

Guitar Twang

  • In Episode 2, The guitar twang plays right before the beginning of the first Waiting Room scene between Mike and Coop
  • In Episode 6, in between watching Mike wave his hand around the air, and cutting to Dougie’s face, we hear the guitar twang.
  • In Episode 11, we hear the guitar twang when Mike first appears beckoning Coop into the Szymon’s at work, before meeting the Mitchum Brothers.
  • In Episode 16, after Diane-Tulpa is killed, it cuts to the scene in the Waiting Room where Mike disassembles Diane-Tulpa. At the beginning of this shot, the guitar twang plays.

Mike-Lodge Music

  • In Episode 2, The lodge music plays during the first Waiting Room scene between Mike and Coop
  • In Episode 6, we hear the Mike Lodge Music watching Mike walk around waving his hand and looking up. It continues as we watch him appear in Dougie’s living room and talk to him. It fades away exactly as Mike does.
  • In Episode 11, we hear the ethereal music while Mike is beckoning Cooper into Szymon’s for pie.
  • In Episode 13, we briefly hear the Lodge Music when the Ring and Ray’s body drop into the waiting room. It stops, but starts again exactly when we see Mike’s hand put the ring on the table
  • In Episode 16:
    • a high pitched ringing sound draws Bushnell out of comatose Coop’s hospital room. Mike then appears, and as he appears, the ethereal Lodge Music starts playing
    • after Diane-Tulpa is killed, it cuts to the scene in the Waiting Room where Mike disassembles Diane-Tulpa. During this scene, the ethereal lodge music is playing.
  • In Episode 17, the ethereal music is playing while Coop’s face is superimposed?
  • In Episode 18:
    • we are in the waiting room watching Mr. C burn. Once the scenes cuts to Mike’s hand putting the seed on the chair, the ethereal music starts.
    • After Laura disappears in the the woods, there’s a hard cut with to the Waiting Room. As soon as we see Mike, the ethereal music is present
    • When Coop has the flashback to his earlier encounter with Laura, the ethereal music stops, and an ominous whooshing sound is heard
    • The ethereal music resumes when the flashback ends, and Coop walks into the room with Leland

What Does It All Mean?

The case for Mike and these sounds is one of the easiest, and strongest cases I’ve written about. If you go back and watch some of these scenes, you’ll see why– in some spots, the music starts the exact frame Mike comes into the scene, and stops the exact frame he leaves. One that comes to mind is when he puts the ring on the Waiting Room table.

 

Results

When we hear the Guitar Twang, or the ethereal lodge music, it means Mike is onscreen, present, or somehow involved immediately in the events onscreen

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