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Hans Zimmer is one of the biggest film composers working in the industry today.  He won an Academy Award for his work on The Lion King, and has been nominated for six other films including Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, and As Good As It Gets. With The Last Samurai he celebrates his 100th film score, and SoundtrackNet had an opportunity to talk with Hans a few weeks ago during a rare break in his busy schedule working on Something's Gotta Give.<br><br>You've scored many projects during your career, and The Last Samurai is being touted as your 100th film score…<br><br>Well, I'm terrible with math, so I'm not doing the counting. It could be more, it could be less – but apparently it's the 100th.<br><br>So how did you get involved with the project?<br><br>If you're lucky enough to get nominated for an Oscar, you get invited to the Oscar nominee's luncheon where they hand out these little nomination certificates. There are usually 150 people standing there, and people are invited up in alphabetical order, starting with the As. By the time they get to the Cs, everybody's already back at their table chatting and eating, and while the first people called get thunderous applause, you can imagine what it's like when your name starts with Z!<br><br>So Ed Zwick and I were standing there, waiting at one of these luncheons about four years ago, and we started talking to each other. I asked him what he was working on and he told me about this movie called The Last Samurai, which I thought sounded interesting and I asked him to send me a script. After the script arrived, I didn't hear from him for a long time and I thought he'd forgotten about me, not thinking about how difficult it is to set up a samurai movie these days. The other thing I liked about the project was that Tom Cruise was involved, so it was like returning home, since I've scored a bunch of his movies – I knew we were going to have a good time.<br><br>Did it end up that way?<br><br>Ed and his editor Steve Rosenblum are such gentlemen, so together and professional, and they basically did one cut of the film, screened it, and everyone loved their work. So after this, they had plenty of time to come and hang with me, and while I usually love the re-cutting process because it's a diversionary tactic to keep the director and editor out of my life, these guys were great to have around. <br><br>Of course, my sense of paranoia made me think that something was going wrong all the time, waiting for the other shoe to drop, as it were, but it never happened. Ed phoned this morning and I thought, "Oh my god – rewrite!" It's just how my brain works. But I think he and I feel a bit odd now: we've been seeing each other every day for months, and suddenly we're done. I completely understand why people have a problem finishing a movie, because there's something really nice about the process – completion is far more boring.<br><br>For Samurai, you used Japanese percussions and ethnic woodwinds, without getting too 'Japanese'.<br><br>My problem is that I feel Japanese music is really inaccessible to Western ears, and I was really struggling with this film initially, trying to figure out what I was doing. This idea popped into my head for using Western-style themes, but applying a Japanese aesthetic to them, which sounds great of course, until I had to ask myself what I meant! Actually, I think it's just my way of not overloading certain things with too many colors, or being geometrically precise about my cues and not making them too flowery.<br><br>The Tom Cruise character is one of those nasty drunks at the beginning, who obviously has some serious problems he's trying to deal with, or not deal with. He's obnoxious and restless, suffering sleepless nights and is very un-Tom. For me, this character's journey was about his need to earn tranquility and peace, so within the score there's this very romantic, overblown and passionate theme. It's like a juvenile way of dealing with life and death – the pain and liebestod.<br><br>However, to contrast with these very relentless themes, there are a number of stark, formal and sober pieces, because I wanted to take Tom's character on a journey. He comes from America and ends up in this foreign place where he doesn't speak the language or understand the culture. But at the end of the movie, I want the audience to think that there isn't a more beautiful place for him to be, that he is at home in Japan and finally at peace.<br><br>There are many useless acts of bravery we do out of misguided romanticism, and this movie is full of courageous and dignified acts of bravery. So I wanted to play off these acts, since both the American and Japanese cultures have a concept of heroism, and I just wanted to see if I could play with the nature of the two different concepts.<br><br>So you didn't want to do the stereotypical Japanese thing...<br><br>Absolutely not! Take Akira Kurosawa's Ran, for example, which has this brilliant score where Takemitsu writes Western music, but with an Eastern accent. Somebody asked me a few days ago why As Good As It Gets was European – why did I write a European score for a quintessentially American story? For me, it's because Jack Nicholson was crazy in the movie, and I felt one of the great things about America is how they always think we Europeans are crazy. So by writing a European-styled score, it's my way of saying that Jack is crazy, but it's alright!<br><br>How do you feel about people who criticize your work for not fitting into the time period, like Gladiator?<br><br>The reason I take these jobs is because I'm interested in foreign cultures, and every time I get to work on a movie I'm thrown into the adventure of whatever that culture is, the time, and wherever the story's taking place. So one of the things I'm very careful about is not to be historically correct to the culture, but, on the other hand, not to insult the underlying aesthetics of that culture either. I remember watching Chariots of Fire and thinking how brilliantly the music worked, never missing that it wasn't period instruments! I grew up listening to Bach played by a symphony orchestra – it's the wrong sized orchestra with the wrong instruments, but I don't think that's the point.<br><br>With Gladiator, Pietro Scalia brought in a CD saying "this is Ancient Roman music," and I said, "Says who? You went to the Ancient Roman music store and bought an Ancient Roman music CD? Bullshit!" We're not anthropologists. Look at he costumes Ridley Scott had: they were more Napoleonic than Roman, which was perhaps fitting since Napoleon had stolen all of his good ideas from the Romans regarding how to make his generals look cool – and so did Hitler! So I got criticized for making the "Entry into Rome" cue too Leni Riefenstahl – but that was the joke! I am allowed to have a sense of humor in my music!<br><br>Earlier this summer your credit on Pirates of the Caribbean was "Score Overproduced by". What was the deal with that?<br><br>Well, I thought honesty was a virtue! But seriously, Jerry Bruckheimer quite rightly asked me not to give him "that old-fashioned Pirate music," and Gore Verbinski, who I adore and did The Ring with, said, "Well, it is a pirate movie, so we have to disguise it." In the end, I spent a day and a half writing tunes, Klaus Badelt wrote a lot of stuff, and we rolled up our sleeves, got drunk, behaved in a debauched way, and produced a score!<br><br>There was a lot of criticism regarding that score, but in the end it had to serve the film - which it did. You seem to get a lot of criticism on any project you do.<br><br>I had the misfortune of going onto the Film Score Monthly web site recently to look something up and vanity made me type in my own name. I suddenly realized that you can't ever get it right. Who do people want me to be? The guy that writes Matchstick Men? Or the guy that writes The Rock? Or the guy that writes Driving Miss Daisy? My need is ultimately to write for myself. I mock myself and I'm ironic about the way I speak about it because if I take it too seriously, it would be a pompous and boring thing to do. But at the same time I take each note I write very seriously – none of them are random.<br><br>The Internet Movie Database always lists you as being attached to multiple projects, so I was curious, what's Sharktail?<br><br>I complained to Jeffrey Katzenberg that I couldn't cross any more Red Seas, or deal with any more horses that can't speak – I wanted to do one of the fun animated movies instead. There's also a hip-hop element in Sharktail, and I haven't been there yet, so it's new territory! King Arthur is still in production, and I literally just got the first bits of footage just before you came here.<br><br>Are you working on all of these projects simultaneously?<br><br>I'm thinking about them! I'm also working with Jim Brooks on his new comedy, Spanglish.<br><br>And speaking of comedies, you recently did Matchstick Men for Ridley, which had a very Nino Rota vibe to it....<br><br>And I gave him credit! I thought, what if Nino had written the theme and I was just doing the variations? But I bet I'm going to get criticized for that because it's not like Gladiator.<br><br>So when did you last have a vacation?<br><br>Well, I went to Japan for a couple of days at the end of November for the Japanese premiere of Samurai, but look, I love what I do! In January I'll travel to Morocco because Ridley will be shooting his next movie, Kingdom of Heaven, so that's like a holiday!<br><br>My family and I are going away at Christmas, and what we used to do would be to rent a house in the mountains and go on these skiing holidays. It would be a crappy house, not as nice as the one we live in, my wife was still going to the market, and we're still washing our plates – so it wasn't a vacation, it was a lot of work! It's taken us a long time, but we just figured it out: we're not practical with vacations – we're staying at hotels! But while the Zimmer family isn't talented when it comes to vacations, we're talented when it comes to work!<br><br>I sat through Samurai the other day, and for the first time watched the whole movie from top to tail with everything finished and completed. It felt really good, better than a vacation. But luckily there were enough things wrong for me to think that I learned something from the experience, and now I can't wait for the next project to try these new ideas out.<br><br>The soundtrack to The Last Samurai is available from Elektra Records, and the film is currently in theaters. Matchstick Men is available on Varese Sarabande Records.<br><br>With thanks to Chet Mehta at Chasen & Co, Jason Cienkus at Warner Brothers, and Nina Lynch and Mark Wherry at Media Ventures for helping with this interview. And, of course, special thanks to Hans.Mulan get his release... through Disney+, 4th September.Mulan is being released on sept 4th. Can't wait to hear Harry's score!!!!Here's an interview about Last Samurai from Soundtrack.net https: //www.soundtrack. net/content/article/?id=112You can find an interview with Hans on his process for TLS on soundtrack.net somewhere, back in 2003 or 2004
The tracklist they posted has 58 tracks and yours contains only 54<br>interesting thing, He never really spoke about Last Samurai. but you have to realize, even when He speaks, its not always the truth. <br><br>The only thing I know, in 2013 doing press for Rush, He really said the hardest job was Last Samurai, well its not true according to himself, if you watch the behind the scenes stuff from Matchstick Men from 2003, right there He says that he was working on 3 huge films, (tears of the sun / Pirates / last samurai) and Mathstick men was the absolute hardest for him.<br><br>also Ed Zwick talks about working with Hans on the dvd commentary sometimes, but nothing really fancy.<br><br>Im sure there is an interview for this film with him, since he was at the premierI am struggling to find an interview where Hans speaks about this soundtrack. Does it even exist? <br>I spent the last hours digging but nothing. I always desired to hear some comments about it, like he does for the other works he's done.<br>I know it's a far stretch for Hans To release docu scores, but am really curious as to what Brave Miss World, Believer and Jalous of the Birds sound like...<br><br><br>@Mephariel<br>You can find Great Bear Rainforest on bleedingfingersmusic.com under Anze RozmanMondo only offered to send me a return label and a refund. No info yet on if they plan to fix it. :-/
Mine arrived today and is definitely sped up.LOL klaus badelt hardly composed pirates 1You know what? I love the booklet credits! Klaus Badelt is the same guy who scored Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.Thanks Hybrid soldier for the good news<br>I can't wait to see the documental film and hear the score of lorne balfe & hans zimmer.A score will be released.<br><br>You can always count on Lorne for that. It's in the works.
What was the last Zimmer documentary score that they released outside of BBC? <br><br>I am still waiting for The Great Bear Rainforest.I hope they can the soundtrack release for "Rebuilding Paradise" composed by Hans zimmer & Lorne balfe, including an original song for the film. I hope there is a possibility that they will release the score.How to get this at all?Any news about Rebuilding Paradise soundtrack?@Hybrid:<br>Any news about a release for Ron Howard "Rebuilding Paradise" soundtrack by Hans ans Lorne. The documentary airing today. Any info will be much Appreciated.
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Guido reply Replies: 2 || 2014-12-19 17:17:53
sorry -
my englisch is too bad for what i want to say.

Lieber Hans
so ein kleines Motiv – trägt den ganze riesen Film …
Und es ist so traurig fragend, und vollkommen klar und so mitten durchs Herz.
Ich hab Interstellar erst gestern gesehen/gehört - ich habe ab dem ersten Moment gedacht, ich liebe das!

Eine Trennung durch einen ganzen Kosmos:
wie schlimm für die, die sich lieben;
und nur durch die Liebe kann es lösen.
Dieses wunderschöne Motiv trägt alles in sich.
Und der Rest ist einfach nur noch konsequent.
Das ist total geil gemacht: ich bin sehr berührt!
Danke und Grüße, Guido


Guido 2014-12-19 17:52:21
I was a bit fast with my german comment and I thought about it – and now I try in Enlgish :-)
Interstellar has got an incredible Soundtrack!
In my opinion it is so often the very small thing, that shows us a real miracle.
This is so well and beautiful done in this movie - Thank you Hans!


Jo2014-12-19 18:17:33
May I say that your German comment was worded quite beautifully. At least until "total geil", although I still agree with that as well ;)

Pavel Vorobyev reply Replies: 0 || 2014-12-13 22:25:37
very good phrase.... one great composer wrote "...to satisfy pedants")))

Pavel Vorobyev reply Replies: 0 || 2014-12-13 22:14:43
incredible and amazing...to see with the eyes, and to hear the music!

Pavel Vorobyev reply Replies: 0 || 2014-12-13 21:49:02
vpvhunter

Pavel Vorobyev reply Replies: 0 || 2014-12-13 21:40:00

Pent up for so many years. Do not hope that this text will read Hans. But still I will write...a lot of music has pereslushal for his life. You can write a lot, how and what....but....I will give my opinion. When I listen to the music from the movie Gladiator...it's incredible! It's been 14 years, after I saw the movie and heard the music. And the truth is...when I was ill, music for film Gladiator...give me strength! Not very good for me with English...sorry...But...With a childhood dream to write music for films...without fanaticism...just really...a Lot of movies looked...and realized that the "pictures" that's not the point...don't believe?!))) turn off the sound and watch the movie!))) agree! the movie can "see" with your eyes closed...if you hear it!!!))) Ah...the Music for the film Gladiator....great work!!! Well, that life...allow...sad...not all...and it is unreal)( 1995 learn and I will learn....music...probably bad I'm a student...time still nobody. And all my dreams and music...stay with me...in a remote Russian province...I shall sit with swollen ears headphones))) and write music...Sorry friends...clumsy wrote...just not to convey...) only music......And the parents were told to study to be a doctor or engineer)))))) When he studied at the College of music...wrote the piece for two violins and cello))) it was very interesting! Ah...tomorrow night and day...and after all repeats.......but with us the music!!! And we are not alone! Never swear! Respect others! P. S. First time in my life spoke) With bad English of course)) Sorry) Wanted to know how Hans wrote music for orchestra.......or all in the Studio...how sad...wish with all my soul to see the world and to be heard in the music...but no one will hear...Dear Hans! I think You are a great composer! This is not flattery, it is my opinion! The melody for the movie Gladiator!!! Thank You, mr.Hans! Let my chord get lost among the millions...You are the best!

Mohammad Azzam reply Replies: 0 || 2014-12-10 14:50:46
Any idea when we're going to have Interstellar's OST on Vinyl?

Jax reply Replies: 0 || 2014-12-06 22:17:19
I was wondering if Hans Zimmer took any inspiration from Ysaye's Sonata Number 2. The theme is very similar to Interstellar's "Day One Dark."

Julio Yankovic reply Replies: 0 || 2014-12-04 12:55:31
Fantastic! Thank you for your music. Interstellar soundtrack is awesome!

Enthusiastic Listener reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-29 13:55:04
Just want to say you are the king. I bet if you would do the soundtrack to the worst movies in the world they would be 100% better.


Stephan Brauer reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-26 17:47:25
Hello to LA from Germany! I LOVE Hans Zimmers music-my favorite is Inception which I listen to on all my long car rides to all the different theaters I work-just incredibly awsome! I got tickets for a concert in Berlin April 2015 with his music. Will Mr. Zimmer be there as well?
I wish I could meet and greet!
Best, Stephan

Lyon Hansen reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-26 04:45:52
Watched Interstellar two days ago. What really stays with me is the awesome soundtrack, I mean, holy shit it was good. The soundtrack is spellbinding in the way Tchaikovski's music is. The Interstellar soundtrack will S.T.A.Y. with me for a long long time. Thank you Hans.

Douglas reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-22 05:21:06
It's nice to see you finally released the "spinning Endurance docking" cue, but so far it seems it's exclusive to iTunes, and not on Amazon or Google Play. Will it remain an exclusive or will it be released on them too?

Casey M. reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-21 15:03:12
Your score for "Interstellar" is truly your finest work. I am a sound designer/composer myself, and a former professor of sound design. When I taught, I used movie scores to help the student understand good design (in context with the moment shown on screen).

"Interstellar" goes beyond 'good' - it is profound with its expressions of joy, hope, anguish, faith, anger, fear and other emotions too numerous to mention, invoking a sense of majesty. Thank you.

Fred reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-20 21:18:49
The Interstellar score hit me in a way no other film music has in a long time. Thank you for that, and please find some way to put it out on vinyl. Something about it makes me think that's the perfect way to capture all the density in the songs. The organs would really come to life.

Edward Andrade reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-19 13:24:45
I would like to thank Hans Zimmer for a wonderful soundtrack. I was blown away with the Lion King and the Thin Red Line Soundtrack. In my opinion out of all the collaborations with Chris Nolan the Interstellar Soundtrack is the best. The countdown sequence. The organ use during a piece I can´t remember. I would also like to thank everyone for sharing information about the cd. I hope they come out with a more complete version.

Yuhuan reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-18 16:24:53
It is such a shame that the soundtracks of the climax is not included in the CD. I noticed after I already purchased it. If I want the complete album, I have to purchase again? Such lame marketing is not clever at all.

anupsetfan reply Replies: 1 || 2014-11-18 02:34:29
Purchased and downloaded your latest Interstellar soundtrack. What a disappointment that the obviously most popular score "Day One Dark" is absent from the album. I read that it will be released as a bonus track later.

What a obvious grab for cash and a great way of treating your fans like d**k heads!

I will, from now on, illegally download all your material.

FYI, "Day One Dark" is downloadable for free already Muhahaha!


badbu2014-11-18 16:15:25
Interstellar:
Der Soundtrack wurde nicht vor dem Film veröffentlicht... Ok, finde ich in Ordnung. Aber warum zum Teufel fehlen so viele Tracks aus dem Film? Man soll sich nach dem Film auf den Soundtrack freuen... Und dann kommt so ein release? Das ist schon fast eine Frechheit.... Aber war ja schon immer so: Gladiator, Inception, Backdraft usw.... Warum nicht immer den Complete Score als Digital Download anbieten? Ich würde sogar 50€ für einen Complete Score ausgeben... Nun heißt es warten....

Monoboy reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-16 16:56:28
Hans Zimmer is my biggest inspiration for music, heres a small piece I made recently

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNQgIqA4928

Robin reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-15 00:45:15
Hi! I was just wondering if it is possible to purchase an original, printed film score Hans Zimmer composed (specifically the score for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End). Could anybody point me in the right direction? Thanks.

Silvester reply Replies: 1 || 2014-11-13 15:52:25
PLEASE! So many people search the "single piano theme" from INTERSTELLAR, when the spaceship is passing the saturn rings. This slowly piano theme from hans Zimmer is amazing. And nowhere to get!!!! On no soundtrack CD. Can somebody help us?!?!?!?! Please..... :-)


badbu2014-11-13 15:59:02
:D
Release Date -> 11/17...

Sagar reply Replies: 0 || 2014-11-10 15:08:22
I do not know much about musical instruments, but i always feel that you use the similar ones everytime, and yet, it can only be out of your sheer genius,creativity,imagination and above all love for your art where you have dexterity that you are able to always create something gloriously magical...!!! Take a BOW!!

Pradeep reply Replies: 0 || 2014-10-26 20:27:13
Hey, I've been trying to get the music from the Nokia trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. Is there a place I can buy the actual song? I found audio on YouTube that was cleaned up from the trailer... But a good bit-rate version of it will be great. If it hasn't been released yet, are there any plans on releasing it? Based on my experience while searching the internet, there are quite a lot of people who'd love it! Thanks!

Pablo reply Replies: 0 || 2014-10-24 18:23:37
I once again heard some of Mr. Zimmer's work and once again I just felt the need to hug that man I've never met and thank him for making my small slice of the world such a better place for a while.

Nothing makes much sense, but the beauty of music like his is such a pure and simple pleasure I fell it has to be point of Everything.

Ben Thacker reply Replies: 0 || 2014-10-14 15:07:05
As a long-time fan, I just wanted to thank Hans and his whole team for the experience last Saturday at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. It was a real thrill for me to see the enthusiasm and joy with which your orchestra played, and to hear some of my favourite tracks live. And I think it paid off - not only have I queued up a number of additional soundtracks to buy from you, but my wife seems to have become almost as much a fan as I.

I'm really looking forward to the release of the event on DVD/Blu-Ray/CD, if that's the plan - I certainly hope it is! In the meantime, thanks again, and keep doing what you're doing.

Ethan Wynne reply Replies: 0 || 2014-10-10 03:39:05
Guten Tag! I'd like to use one of your pieces from the second Pirates of the Caribbean, "The Kraken." With your permission of course, I plan to use the song for a stop-motion/animation short film myself and others are producing. It would be an honor to use a masterpiece of yours in the film. Could you give me the contract info on how to use it, or where I could find the copyright infringement policies. I really appreciate it!! Thank you!! Ethan

bart hendrickson reply Replies: 0 || 2014-10-08 05:56:19
I am a person named Bart Hendrickson, is bart ok? he has medial issues. I have no valid reason to ask, I just have the same name and have had response.

Bauer Andrew reply Replies: 0 || 2014-10-07 18:48:40
Guten Tag, Hans Zimmer! Hello, Hans Zimmer! Ave, Hans Zimmer!
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Sie sind mein Idol! Ihre Musik ist göttlich! Vor allem für PC-Spiele Crysis 2! Epiloge. Ich wusste nicht, dass eine solche musikalische Talent ist wirklich da!
Sie sind unsterblich, Hans. Zwar leben Ihre Musik wird Ihren Geist zu leben!
Ich danke Ihnen für das, im Gegensatz zu einigen Sie Ihr Geschenk zeigte.
Gratias tibi, Hans Zimmer!

Michael Stabentheiner reply Replies: 0 || 2014-10-07 02:45:23
Hi, I am going to make a Time Lapse movie and planning to use the song called "Time" by Hans Zimmer, can you give me the official permission to use this song or can you give me a contact where I can ask for it, thanks, Michael

Goran reply Replies: 0 || 2014-09-23 21:13:54
We are from Bosnia and Hercegovina. Small country in Europa. But we built some very big and special in Meðugorje. I hope that you hear for Meðugorje ( mother of God is coming there untill 1981 year every day some little children.

Meðugorje visits until now 40. milion people.

We need help from you.
We need some "sky" music( smething like you done for Gladiator- Lisa Gerrard ), for us web site.

We have our special project what we built in Meðugorje, it is name Gospin vrt ( Mother of God garden ).

I can show you us project in attach.
Sorry for my bad english. :)

Please help us!!!
God bless you !!!

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