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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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Anni reply Replies: 0 || 2007-01-17 00:00:00
Hey!

I just love Hans Zimmer's Music... Is it possible to get his email adress? That would be very nice.

Anni (annisell@web.de)

yogi R. Yogaswara reply Replies: 0 || 2007-01-10 00:00:00
Please forward this my e-mail to Mr. Hans Zimmer


Dear, Mr. Hans Zimmer
Introduce me, my name Yogi R. Yogaswara,a Journalist from Behind The Screen Magazine, Indonesia. I would like to ask your comment for my article.

Nowdays, in my country, there has a hot news. A Movie of title "Eskul" got the winner of Indonesian Film Festival.However, This Movie has taken part of your music illustration on "Munich" movie.

Could you give the comment about this case?
This case like a piracy. would you take Eskul Movie" to the juridiction/law. It's is about royalty, isn't?
What your suggest for "Eskul" Movie, about this case?

Im, very proud and very well thanks if you reply/answer these questions as soon as possible.

Regards

Yogi R. Yogaswara.
Editor

Behind The Screen Magazine
Bixindo Building
Komp. Fatmawati Mas, Kav 329
Jl. Raya Fatmawati No. 20
Jakarta 12430 Indonesia
Phone: +62 21 765 92229
Mobile: +62 817 6509 940
email: yogs_odyssey@yaho0.com

Luka Goljevscek reply Replies: 0 || 2007-01-04 00:00:00
Hello
First I like to say a very nice website, with many information, which I just looked around.
So, persist in that good condition you are.
I adore Hans Zimmer and his composing.

Like at many other people is music a first thing in my life, so I like to contact with Hans Zimmer.

Please, send me his email address, I hope there is a chance I could survive with music.

my email: goljevscek.luka@gmail.com

Thank you very, very much!

Adjie reply Replies: 0 || 2007-01-02 00:00:00
We are the production team at indonesia.
Can we get the contact address of Hans Zimmer for our production need
please contact us at tujuhjie@yahoo.com

steve reply Replies: 0 || 2006-12-28 00:00:00
What the hell happened to Simon Watt? And what contributions did he have with the da vinci code score?

Alex reply Replies: 0 || 2006-12-26 00:00:00
Hi.. I'm Alessandro from Milan (Italy) and I'm a keyboardist and a composer who loves Hans music and productions !!!
Actually I work in documentary soundtracks, but my dream is to work exactly like Hans... for movies or TV programs...
Please... :-( ... How can I find an e-mail address or a mail box of the Great Hans where I can ask him some advice for my future ??? Thank You very much and compliments for this beautiful web site !!!
My e-mail address is
a.caula@alice.it

Alessandro Caula

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2006-12-21 00:00:00
I like the site, becaus i wish me more videos about the scoring season of an score and photo galleries.

Christina Richter reply Replies: 0 || 2006-12-14 00:00:00
I absolutely love the music for the movie
Africa, the Serengeti. I've been searching for the CD for this, but can only find DVD or VHS (movie). Is there any way that you know for me to purchase / fird the soundtrack?
Thank you,
Christina Richter

andrea reply Replies: 0 || 2006-12-12 00:00:00
I love you shows there really funny most of them and my favorite character is Blue well I'm your biggest fan of the show well do you ever do any thing off the show like chill a little for a wihle ?

Vivian reply Replies: 0 || 2006-12-10 00:00:00
Ilove Awsome House Party!!!!!!!!!!!!

Japanglish reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-30 00:00:00
Hello. I enjoy your site at all times.
I found some new information, so I post here.
(My English is not good... sorry)

http://movies.go.com/the-holiday/m768550/
Here are clips from the new film "The Holiday" with some score.
You can also see Jack Black playing music (supposedly) written by Hans Zimmer!
I liked it.

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809273669/cast#Music
And here is a list of additional composers and soloists...
>Suzanne Zimmer -Soloist (Vocals)
interesting, isn't it? :)

I really like Hans' comedy/drama score... I hope they release score album.

joern reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-26 00:00:00
Ich finde Ihre Music einfach klasse !
Ich hoffe ich kann einmal zuschauen , wenn so eine Wunderbare Music entsteht !

Viele Gruesse aus Kanada /Edmonton von einem Sachsen aus Ostdeutschland

mfg joern
joern@telus.net

Deborah reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-20 00:00:00
Mercedes Benz/Maybach is using music composed by Mr. Zimmer. Is there a place on this website I would be able to find the title and similar scores? I am a massage therapist and thoroughy enjoyed the particular piece Maybach is using on their website. Perfect for relaxation. I apologize for my ignorance of his work and would apreciate your direction.
Thank you

Rebekah Zwick reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-19 00:00:00
Dear All:
Of course, I love Hans Zimmer. So I'm hoping he will help out a music lover AND one of his co-workers and please tell me how to find more of Marc Streitenfeld's original music. Or even just a web site where I could order from or reach him.
I would greatly appreciate it! Truly! Truly!
Thank you so much,
Rebekah Zwick
(yes, related to Edward but we've never met :) )

Samantha Lape reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-16 00:00:00
I am working on a five minute vidoe (non-profit) for my television production class at Finger Lakes Community College. I would like to use Hans Zimmers song "Sorrow" from the Gladiator Soundtrack. Are you the people that I need to contact for permission to use it, if not can you tell me who to contact. Thank you for your time.

Damien, Moderator reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-16 00:00:00
We are not the right people for that.
You can contact the company in charge of managing artists right in your country like SACEM in France.

KontG reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-08 00:00:00
Hi, I'm a pianist and composer. I like so much Hans Zimmer and I want to ask some questions about film music compositions and educations... How can I contact him or how can I learn his e-mail adress? Thanks...

manuel reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-01 00:00:00
Me parece maravillosa, muy bonita, capaz de monstrar lo mejor de nosotros cuando escucho la bando sonora de la pelicula invencible

abiodun reply Replies: 0 || 2006-10-26 00:00:00
Greetings,
I want to start recording my Album early next year and i would love to work with Clay and Hans on the production of it. I still cant get over loving "Now we are free" arrangement/style.
My e-mail is abiodun@tef-inc.org
I also want to know if i could use the song as a hope Anthem for my Foundation.
Thanks.

Zoeandmerlin2006 reply Replies: 0 || 2006-10-16 00:00:00
I think this site is 10/10 but if you could put some more soundtracs on it would be even better!!!

Vannessa reply Replies: 0 || 2006-10-15 00:00:00
Just wanted to say that this website is awsome and that I am really looking for some tour dates from hans zimmer...that would be my absolute dream so if anybody could please let me know.

thank you,
ps my email address is vdj2008@yahoo.com

ro reply Replies: 0 || 2006-10-15 00:00:00
Hello, I like very much Hans Zimmer and I would like to know if there is any way to contact him. Could anyone help me? Thank you very much.

Jeffrey Erbacher reply Replies: 0 || 2006-10-10 00:00:00
Hi I'm disappointed I couldn't find photos of the studio!

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Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 0 || 2006-09-25 00:00:00
Don't worry Yuya...

The site will be updated. But I don't know exactly when... It depends on Nicolas... He is really busy since few months... ^_^

Yuya reply Replies: 0 || 2006-09-22 00:00:00
Please add "Metal Gear Solid 4" for Harry Gregson-Williams discography.
He`ll be scoring it. Source of the info is from the
Metal Gear Solid 4 Trailer for Tokyo Game Show 2006.
Its already uploaded at Konami`s website,
and in the trailer is says, "Music by Harry Gregson-Williams",
and also I think the music in the TGS2006 trailer is
composed by Mr.Harry, because the sounds of the
percussions, brass, synth and the composition style is
similar to Mr.Harry. Another superb score :D

To this site:
This is the best place to get info for Remote Control.
Thanks to the developers of this site,
and of course the composers at RC for great music !!

Lindy Larsson reply Replies: 0 || 2006-09-21 00:00:00
I just wanted to say hi to Harry. I havent spoken with him for years.I only have an old email adress, Can you please please give him my email address.He knows who I am. A girl from sweden.
larsson_lindy@hotmail.com

Thank you so so much.

Lindy Larsson

hans zimmer reply Replies: 0 || 2006-09-11 00:00:00
make people watch the whole dvd that i have made muisc in

Kurt Miceli reply Replies: 0 || 2006-09-07 00:00:00
Thank goodness Hybrid you put my mind at rest. I understand perfectly, however I was scared I was going to lose one of my favourite sites together with all the info related to my favourite music
composer.

We will welcome them back after their deserved break with more greater and fresher ideas!

Kjy

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 0 || 2006-09-05 00:00:00
Kurt, the webmasters need holydays like you and me !! ^_^


But don't worry, they'll be back... ;-)

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