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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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nevermind... reply Replies: 1 || 2012-03-16 12:43:17
hanz composed track for the film gladiator,has been recreated and used on a Indiabulls Group New Commercial feat Saif Ali Khan. its a big company in india.... i am not sure did they buy the rites....check it out ..


rookie_journo2012-11-01 10:03:12
Both the songs (one from the AD) can be found on this link
Indiabulls new TVC - Background Score

sam reply Replies: 2 || 2012-10-25 23:36:08
Is hybrid solider listed here? How can i contact him?


sam2012-10-29 08:07:05
no answer here?


Hybrid Soldier2012-10-29 10:17:17
Top secret !! :P

Of course I am. I'm the one with no picture, no email, and not even the correct job description ! What the hell guys !! ;)

Luigi reply Replies: 0 || 2012-10-28 20:07:34
Hello to all. I'm looking for the lirics that the chorus sings in the music called "the hearth of volunteeres" or "December 7" belonging to the movie "Pearl Harbour". It 'a long time that I try, without success. Do you have any advice?

Mini reply Replies: 0 || 2012-10-18 09:33:52
Hello. My church choir ( in south korea) wants to sing" deliver us" at our christmas concert. Can we able to get scores with instruments all parts?? Thank you!!

Batman reply Replies: 0 || 2012-10-17 21:24:00

Hi guys! Does Hans Zimmer going to do a concert somewhere in the nearby future?

Erica reply Replies: 3 || 2012-10-09 15:28:35
How many film scores has Herr Zimmer composed? I'm attempting to compose a presentation for my German class about him.


bongo2012-10-09 16:40:46
Go here and count how many different movies there are (only those with "composer" in the brackets), and that should be the number:
www.hans-zimmer.com/index.php?rub=discography&bt=2&numid=1


Erica2012-10-09 22:23:12
Thank you Bongo!


Batman2012-10-17 21:23:32
Hi guys! Does Hans Zimmer going to do a concert somewhere in the nearby future?

Radik reply Replies: 0 || 2012-10-09 16:23:53
What a coincidence, just yesterday I presented about him in my class, the teacher gave me an A :)) he said I had the best work :DDD

Roger reply Replies: 0 || 2012-10-01 20:23:50

Electric pop harp!

Hi Hans Zimmer,

I'am a musician from Holland, and produced a song with my electric harp, with many instruments all over the world...

I like to share it with you.

soundcloud.com/rogierverrijt/electric-harp-song-with
soundcloud.com/rogierverrijt/orchestral-remix-of-the
soundcloud.com/rogierverrijt/arabic-remix-of-the-electric

Roger

Nate Combs reply Replies: 0 || 2012-09-20 03:06:29
Thank you for all you do! Hans Zimmer and John Powell are my two favorite composers. You have inspired and influenced some of my recent work, and I listen to you pretty much every day. So again I say thanks!

Ron J Ward reply Replies: 0 || 2012-09-18 15:43:36
Hello,
I am a composer myself. And I was just wondering how long it took to compose "Harvey Two-Faced.
From the first note to the point just before the recording.

Cheers!

Matthew Gerlach reply Replies: 0 || 2012-09-11 05:20:49
I was wondering if can borrow some of songs?

Cédric Baravaglio reply Replies: 1 || 2006-08-10 00:00:00
Hi, i would like to know how can i send some self made classical music to Mr Zimmer, to get a feedback from a great composer.

Thanx a lot

Cédric Baravaglio - zhoubarava@bluewin.ch


Cedric Baravaglio2012-09-07 03:11:26
Hello, the person who wrote this is not me. Please delete the post.

If i wanted some feedback i would have asked Mr Zimmer directly ;)

Hanjo Gäbler reply Replies: 1 || 2012-09-05 18:07:45
Hallo Herr Zimmer,
ich weiß, daß die Chancen null-komma-eins stehen sie persönlich an die Tastatur oder ans Telefon zu bekommen, aber ich probiere es doch einmal aus als Landsmann. Mein Name ist Hanjo Gäbler und ich bin seid ich Teenager bin ein großer Fan Ihrer Musik. Ich bin Berufsmusiker seid ich 19 Jahre alt bin und jetzt quasi mit 34 auch in der Filmmusik angekommen. Ich würde Sie gern einmal um Gehör bitten und ein bis zwei Fragen stellen. Hätten Sie unwarscheinlicher Weise einmal Zeit für mich? Nur 2-3 Minuten?
mit freundlichen Grüßen, Ihr Hanjo Gäbler


Hanjo2012-09-05 18:08:42
Meine Emailadresse lautet gaebler@funkworld.de

E.U. reply Replies: 1 || 2012-09-04 15:16:41
Hello sir. I'm orchestral uplifting trance composer and producer. Your every track gives me so inspiration,aspecially Dark Knight Triology OSTs. I wish that i would be your student and learn so much stuffs from you, whatever it is just dream :( .How can i send my tracks and productions to you ?


mittens2012-09-04 16:28:41
hello, I am not Hans Zimmer, but I think know the answer to your question: unfortunately people at RCP have the policy not to open music cds that they get from random people because of a fear of copyright issues. Even if you send them your cd they will have to return it to you unopened. And all that because a long time ago some amateur composer sent his work to some movie composer and the movie composer used his music as his own and later got sued for it by that amateur composer who proved that he stole his music. And because of that they have to return cds unopened.

Hitokage reply Replies: 0 || 2012-09-02 17:12:46
Mr. Zimmer you are the best film composer along with your entire team of course. Love to hear your music in future films. God bless you

Mads Peter reply Replies: 0 || 2012-08-23 14:02:54
Does anybody know anything about the scoring / soundtrack from the science documentary series called Through the Wormhole - the credits state Zimmer, Shea and Kofsky to be involved with the music. I'm desperatly looking for some of the music from the series - they remind me alot of Chevalier De Sangreal. They are used in season 2, episode 1 at 40:00 and season 3, episode 4 at 34:50(you can youtube them)

Thx in advance for any answer :)

Rainer reply Replies: 0 || 2012-08-14 18:21:50
Thank you to Hans Zimmer for his very nice music that makes me feel good!

Fernando reply Replies: 0 || 2012-08-12 08:56:40
Is there any way or posibility to invite Hans Zimmer to a Film Festival in mexico?

Mr. Charles reply Replies: 2 || 2012-08-09 05:26:20
Does anyone know if Zimmer will be scoring next summer's "The Lone Ranger". Gore Verbinski is directing it, who used Zimmer for all 3 Pirates and Rango. Seems like he would fit the role


Pawel Stroinski2012-08-10 02:10:26
No, the score is written by Jack White (of the White Stripes)


Mr. Charles2012-08-10 03:16:21
Whaaaat?!?!?!

Bummer. But I cannot judge. I know who The White Stripes are. They're ok. Hopefully the score will be good

Chris reply Replies: 0 || 2012-08-06 22:09:33
Does your studio offer internships or need composer's assistants? Recend composition/music tech grad looking for an opportunity.

keum cps reply Replies: 1 || 2012-07-30 16:28:29
Hi
It is a bit awkward presenting my self in English, but I will tell you a bit about my self.
My name is ryong-ae keum.
I major in composition of music in Chungang Universty in Korea.
I am currently working hard to achieve this goal and challenging the experiences that I can as a student.
However, I do get shaken by the veiled future.
Yet I will be strong and achieve my dream.
I will be seen at the top in 1 years having achieved my dreams.
And I impressed of your Ops. And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad, In , Guilty of Being Jack Sparrow , Temmessee
and my Mentor is you.
but I am not so good at English,
So I'm studig English
That is why, I will seen you soon.


Heather2012-08-05 08:50:56
Go, man! Make it happen! That perseverance will be needed as we can all hope for the freedom to make things happen. Sometimes there is no one to encourage you but don't stop! Peace.

Joe reply Replies: 5 || 2012-08-01 10:09:25
where is the song titled in the dark knight rises "all out war" located to download? its not on amazon or on itunes


theeaglesfan0052012-08-01 16:40:22
it an exclusive to those who bought tickets on movietickets.com


joe2012-08-01 20:00:57
thank you


joe2012-08-01 20:10:28
is the song still aviable?


joe2012-08-01 20:11:48
i went to the site and it says the song tilted theend is aviable but i did not see the all out war one


theeaglesfan0052012-08-01 20:18:41
looks like you missed out on All Out War

See The Dark Knight Rises again and receive a NEW complimentary download of the EXCLUSIVE track “The End” by Hans Zimmer!

and LOL... its not exclusive.. it's one of the bonus tracks on iTunes

NocturneSpring reply Replies: 0 || 2012-07-27 09:37:04
As someone who is not quite sure about the legalities of this particular situation, I understand that this might be a stupid question.
Anyway, I would like to use part of the soundtrack to Inception in a YouTube video, but I understand I need some sort of permission. Is it enough to credit Hans Zimmer as the creator of the song and provide an Itunes link, or will I need to do something a little more formal?
My name is in my YouTube account, should you need to message me and the video in question has not been made yet.

Muldfeld reply Replies: 0 || 2012-07-26 10:00:39
I purchased your "The Dark Knight Rises" score a day ago and was very angry to find out that there are all kinds of online exclusives. My CD was made in Canada and contains no download code or anything of the sort and is only 51 minutes. I understand your wanting to experiment with apps and stuff (I don't own a cell phone), but the fact that you were able to have other tracks that could easily and should easily have fit onto the CD, as they do on itunes and other sites, signals that you are exploiting your fans.

I always pay artists for their work; I buy DVDs and I buy the great music of Mark Snow and Bear McCreary. This was the first CD of yours I bought and it may be the last. I feel betrayed as a customer who never wanted to steal from an artist I respected, but you tempt me with these devious tactics.

carol reply Replies: 0 || 2012-07-23 06:03:48
In late 1980's I was in a choir that performed an oratorio I think was by Mr Zimmer. It was a world premier and under the direction of Dr. Robert Berglund at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, MN. Do you know what the name of the oratorio?
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S.Hines reply Replies: 2 || 2012-07-19 22:25:03
I have read that Mr. Zimmer began to develop his craft through a mentoring relationship and that he believes in apprenticeships. How does a young composer gain his attention?

Andy reply Replies: 2 || 2012-05-20 23:13:07
Hi there,

what exactly is an "almost official site"?


Antas, Webmaster2012-06-19 15:36:51
Well, let's say it's an official site of Hans Zimmer but an unofficial site of RCProd. So "almost official" for both... ;)


Nicolas, Webmaster2012-07-18 15:02:57
The exact answer is that Hans knows us, appreciate our work and don't search to make a really good official website because he's fine with this situation.(he told us exactly that way)So, we're not official, but Mr Zimmer keeps an eye on our work ;)

Cade reply Replies: 2 || 2012-07-17 21:08:08
Are there any plans to offer digital (lossless) download as a purchase option for TDKR or other works? A lot of artists are offering 96/24 FLAC or Apple Lossless options, which would be great for this type of music. I know that a lot of HZ fans would prefer this format to CD or iTunes, as compressed versions don't do these compositions justice.


Cade2012-07-18 07:36:02
Question answered. Available in 192/24 at HDTracks https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?file=catalogdetail&valbum _code=HX794043160493


Anonymous2012-07-18 08:07:48
Yeah its also fake HD. Exactly the same dynamics and frequency response as the CD. Rip-off.

Hats Off. reply Replies: 0 || 2012-07-12 18:19:01
Im 14, and your music really inspires and motivates me, Im a pianist, and the songs you compose help me alot. I really appreciate Mr.Hans Zimmers works and his team. I would only like to Thank You for these amazing works. :')

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