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Cheers guys, much appreciated!<br>In my mind I had some video interview though, as I always like watching those as well. I do wonder if there was an extra section on the home release of the movie where ideally there might be.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=112
You can find an interview with Hans on his process for TLS on soundtrack.net somewhere, back in 2003 or 2004The 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 Rozman
Mondo 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?
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MW2 sucks reply Replies: 0 || 2009-11-24 00:00:00
Thanks for scoring MW2 so we don't get an option to turn the music off if we don't feel like hearing it. MW1's music team was as good if not better than your score.

Hypton reply Replies: 0 || 2009-11-16 00:00:00
I love Hans Zimmer !!! :-)

alexg143 reply Replies: 0 || 2009-10-27 00:00:00
Very nice site!

Blayne Taylor reply Replies: 0 || 2009-10-19 00:00:00
Hello

I am a fan of the music. My only complaint is that there is a song that was in King Arther that I can not find any where. We will go Home. It is something that both me and my wife love hearing in acopello. if there is anything you can do ... #########

alexe955 reply Replies: 0 || 2009-10-14 00:00:00
Very nice site!

Lauren reply Replies: 0 || 2009-10-06 00:00:00
You have an amazing talent and I am proud to say that you are my role modle:D
Please continue producing such wonderful music and I really hope that you will produce some posters of yourself soon because I would love to hang one up on my wall.

ritesh reply Replies: 0 || 2009-10-05 00:00:00
hello sir i am big fan of ur music .you are doing a grest job .It seems which ever movie that you give music to does very well at the box office . keep going!!!!


thanks ,
Ritesh

Anders reply Replies: 0 || 2009-10-02 00:00:00
Hi

you are wanted.........


your prescence.......is needed.......¨


your voice........is neccessary


You....are essential


/Anders

web investigations reply Replies: 0 || 2009-09-20 00:00:00
So much music, awards, credits, movies, money, team, skills etc. about this amazing man and his gifted team! But still the same old shitty inofficial website! What a pity! Is there anybody who feels responsible?
I know at least 5 guys who can conjure within 10 days a website that looks appropriate/suitable for RCP-artists...
Hey...and never forget the fans who make all this possible!

No harm meant guys...:o)

Frances Rodriguez reply Replies: 0 || 2009-09-16 00:00:00
Hello,
My name is Frances Rodriguez and I am senior president of Humanities High School located in Manhattan. I am in a drumming class that has very little but we try to manage with what we have. We are the main attraction for our christmas and spring concerts. We are 16 to 18 year old kids and our drum class is just 8 students. I believe anything is possible, as young as we may be, we aspire to some day entertain the world with music as you have. We love the enchantment of it and the joy in doing it. Today i write to you to ask for suggestions on how we can get new materials for our show. My school is struggling and we cannot afford great/new instruments. I ask of you even if you could donate one barrel it would be enough to make our show a blast. We have used paint buckets and desks and chairs and people love it because we can make it happen. I have written to Carlos Santana and last year him and his management sent us drum heads for our Christmas concert. I ask of you to please help us out in anyway possible even if its a suggestion we would greatly appreciate it. I have written to the president but unfortunately the office said that they could not act on it because i was writing on behalf of the school but now i just ask to please make my peers last year the best ever. We admire great musicians such as yourself and hope that in any way possible you can reach us. My email is FRANLRODRIGUEZ@AOL.COM,

Thanks for your time in hearing me out. Please write back with anything. Thanks again.

Ernest Klimovich reply Replies: 0 || 2009-09-13 00:00:00
Hello Hans.
Please check my music maybe you like it.
www.ericsam.com
Thank you.

M. Raetzel reply Replies: 0 || 2009-09-09 00:00:00
Dear Hans,

So I know you probably have WAY too many people trying to contact you and get you to go check out their music, and if I was in your shoes, I know I wouldn't have time to look at everyone's work. But I think you might be quite interested in some of the work I have done. I'm not a genius, nor a prodigy like many, but one thing I know I'm good at as a composer is writing a memorable theme. And I ask you to please take a mere 5 minutes of your time, check out my compositions, and let me know what you think. You could tell me it sucks if you want, and that I'm wasting your time. All in all, I just really want to know from the perspective of a professional like yourself, if I really have what it takes to make it in this business. You can hear my work at www.myspace.com/mraetzel. My email address is matt_raetzel@hotmail.com. Thanks Hans, and I really hope to hear from you!

-M-

Rhona reply Replies: 0 || 2009-09-02 00:00:00
Dear Mr. Hans Zimmer
I'm a South African musician with a licenciate in music, currently busy with an FTCL in piano and was born with a perfect pitch ,therefor I can play almost any instrument. I have composed numerous pieces, teach and perform.
You know the saying: I'f you can hum it, I can play it" is literally true in my case.
Is there a posibility that I can enter a career in movie soudtracking, as this is my life long dream.
rhona.kriel@vocamail.co.za

Paul Murashov reply Replies: 0 || 2009-08-30 00:00:00
My email adress paulmurashovmd@gmail.com

Paul Murashov reply Replies: 0 || 2009-08-28 00:00:00
Dear Hans,
Let me say that you are amazing gifted composer, love your music. And you are like a musical father for me. Thank you for what you are doing. You are a real blessing for all the people musicians and composers on the planet earth,and it's truth. You know i am from small country in Europe , Latvia. Please if you can listen my soundtracks and send some comments it will be a miracle for me. www.myspace.com/pavelmurashov and tell me what i can do with all these stuff. thank you very much.
God Bless You.
paul.

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2009-08-24 00:00:00
Hi , My name is Vladimir . I based in Dubai and working at music post production .
Please check my ShowReel at www.vladimirpersan.com also my offline video channel at www.myspace.com/vladimirpersan

Wish to collaborate with you gays one day . I am planning to visit US in December , maybe will pass by Santa Monica .

Best Regards.

Vladimir Persan

Alexander Stabell reply Replies: 0 || 2009-08-22 00:00:00
Dear Hans,

Your music brings feelings up from the inside, you have writen many incredible songs. I'm only 15 years old, and many people thinks that i'm a guy who listens to rap and all those crap who is made, but no. They looks weird, when i tell i'm listening to your and other componist's formidable work. I thank the lord, for bringing you to earth, and i thank you for making this indescribable piece of work, you've made.

Salute Alexander S.

George reply Replies: 0 || 2009-08-19 00:00:00
hello mister hans, I am creating my music on the piano, and I wish to show you them, please contact me +99597511107, or mail to me gio1786@yahoo.com I promise you will like it, your bigest fan "George"

Komsan reply Replies: 0 || 2009-08-18 00:00:00
Dear Mr.Hans Zimmer

I am very love you song. now i was see every of your movie. It's wonderfull. You are my real idol.
I am present working as a music composer at Lulaby Music, and have a wide range of responsibilities. There include determine how to composer film score, Arrange and recording in studio.

this is my demo

http://www.youtube.com/user/looktone

I would like to know your comment

my email is looktone@hotmail.com

(sorry for my english)


thank you

Anna reply Replies: 0 || 2009-08-13 00:00:00
Dear Mr Zimmer,
I love your music! It's amazing, incredible! I'm 17 and I must think about my studies. In the future i want to be a composer like you, Mr Zimmer :) Can you tell me what kind of studies you were? Sorry for my english... Thank you :)

Girl From Norway reply Replies: 0 || 2009-08-04 00:00:00
I love his music!!! :D I am from Norway, and I think Hans is the Best!
ANd you are my Idol! :)

Emeka reply Replies: 0 || 2009-07-27 00:00:00
I was wondering what the lyrics to 160 bpm from angels and demons was?

Ali reply Replies: 0 || 2009-07-23 00:00:00
This is a really cool site! I never knew that Hans Zimmer was so involved in some of my favorite movies! The only thing I would suggest is perhaps improving the look of the site by using a higher quality prgram that allows you to use better themes and make the site look more accomplished.

nahman reply Replies: 0 || 2009-07-20 00:00:00
hans for me you are the best composer of all time one of my biggest dream is to meet you buti doubt the will ever happened i love you hans zimmerkeep making good music you are my idol

Josip and Alen reply Replies: 0 || 2009-07-11 00:00:00
My friend and I have one small favor. Our best friend Mislav Polegubic is celebrating his 18th birthday today on 08th July 2009 and we want to give him something special. He's huge fan of Hans Zimmer and admires the way he has been making his life achievements. While our best friend was watching Pirates of Caribian he was amased by music that was made by Hans Zimmer. Few days after he went to a music shop and he bought CD of Hans Zimmer. Today because of Hans Zimmer he's trying to make something similar to Hans Zimmer arts.
What we want to ask you is there any chance that we can get a Hans Zimmer's signature and some notes or some advices to encourage him to countinue with his dream. What we want isn't expensive but it would mean a lot to him.

Ariel Rose reply Replies: 0 || 2009-07-09 00:00:00
Dear Mr. Zimmer:

I just wanted to let you know that your music is the most inspiring sound I have heard throughout my entire life. The day I heard the music you and Ms. Gerrard created for Gladiator, I came very close to tears and downloaded a horde of your music from various films. . Being a dancer, I've begun to choreograph pieces to your music (of course for personal showings) and your music is just one of it own. There are no words to describe the score you have created for films such as Gladiator, Last Samurai, Black Hawk Down, Dark Knight, King Arthur, Pirates of the Caribbean and so many others. I just wanted you to know how important your music is to me and how much it influences my life.

-Ariel

Teoperseo reply Replies: 0 || 2009-07-05 00:00:00
I'm italian ..second me you will made a version with new language of the web site ... i'm free for collaboration i have the contact for the information for hans zimmer.. if will a version italain i'm free for collaboration..scuse me for the english but i speak very bad... my e-mail is teoperseo@yahho.it

jon reply Replies: 0 || 2009-07-03 00:00:00
great site !

Ben reply Replies: 0 || 2009-07-02 00:00:00
Hallo I love your work and how you did. You make the movie feel like it's cameing to life. With your music. My favs is king arthur and gladiator. I liked the angels and demons movie but you used the computer to much in that one.

wish you well in there music.

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