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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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Black Hawk Down
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  1. Hunger (6:35)
  2. Barra Barra - Rachid Taha (5:47)
  3. Vale Of Plenty (2:27)
  4. Chant (2:33)
  5. Still (4:48)
  6. Mogadishu Blues (2:53)
  7. Synchrotone (8:55)
  8. Bakara (3:12)
  9. Of The Earth (2:19)
  10. Ashes To Ashes (4:43)
  11. Gortoz A Ran - J'Attends - Denez Prigent & Lisa Gerrard (5:51)
  12. Tribal War (2:39)
  13. Leave No Man Behind (6:18)
  14. Minstrel Boy (Film Version) - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (5:42)
  15. Still Reprise (2:12)
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Moody reply Replies: 0 || 2007-08-27 00:00:00
Jonatan,

The language is Swahili ( Somali dialect). Swahili means ( coastal), it is used in Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania. Derived from the Arabic language ( 48%) is actually Arabic. However, the three countries use the same language but the dialects are different, like Egyptian, Algerian and Libyan, same language but different dialects

artyom reply Replies: 0 || 2007-07-12 00:00:00
my favorit OST! Thanxxxxx!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dom reply Replies: 0 || 2007-02-15 00:00:00
leave no man behind and minstrel boy are the most powerfull pieces iv ever heard.

they are truely beautiful peices of music

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2007-02-07 00:00:00
anybody know a website where i can download this into an itunes format?

Anthony reply Replies: 0 || 2007-01-28 00:00:00
Soooo many versions of this I could get, but I think this one will do me fine.

Carlos Barrera reply Replies: 0 || 2007-01-20 00:00:00
Oh, i forgot, you should do Videogames Soundtracks ill allways play this one when playing Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter on XBox 360 and gives the game and special atmosphere, Extremely Cool!

Carlos Barrera reply Replies: 0 || 2007-01-20 00:00:00
Simply Amazing The Best After The Lion King

Suicune reply Replies: 0 || 2007-01-08 00:00:00
One of the best war film music. Zimmer has shown us again that he is a master of ethnic and electronic music. Altough for some people the soundtrack is a little scary, for me it isn't. I really enjoy to listen to it every time.

abde|hamid reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-13 00:00:00
I've never cried while watching a movie untill I saw Black Hawk Down and hear its music, escpecially "Leave No Man Behind / Minstrel Boy" ;

Massive thanks for all your wonderful tracks that inspires me along mly daily life... God bless you !

abde|hamid :)

Jeff McCloud reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-10 00:00:00
Your music from Black Hawk Down and Tear of the Sun are so beautiful they make me cry with the thoughts of honor.

Krito reply Replies: 0 || 2006-10-01 00:00:00
Me encanta la musica de Hans Zimmer, es lo mejor, espero que a todos les guste. Yo conoci su musica a traves de la pelicula Pearl Harbor.

bareja reply Replies: 0 || 2006-09-05 00:00:00
the best.

ArasH reply Replies: 0 || 2006-07-26 00:00:00
Grüß gott
wie gehts es ihnen?
herr hans

you are the best
you are the greatest......
thanks so much for best sound trucks
and.....

alles gütte
vielen dank

auf wiederseh

Ognjen Milovic reply Replies: 0 || 2006-07-23 00:00:00
I should say only 3 words... "Gortoz a Ran" and hope that it will be enough to say perfection, but the feelings that overcome me while i am listening this song are far above this World.You sir truly are master of your art.

ArasH reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-25 00:00:00
HALLO

WIE GEHTS ES DIR HERR HANS

THANKS SO MUCH FOR WAR SONG
WOW
UNBELIEVED

WOW
YOU RE VERY BEST
HERR HANS ZIMMER
YOU HAVE A LOT..OF

EXCEL TO ANOTHER CAMPOSERS

SERVES

aRaSh reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-25 00:00:00
Grüß gott
wie gehts es ihnen?
herr hans

you are the best
you are the greatest......
thanks so much for best sound trucks
and.....

alles gütte
vielen dank

auf wiedersehen

FAteMe reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-24 00:00:00
Grüß gott
wie gehts es ihnen?
ich heiße fateme
es freüt mich sie zu sehen
wie gehts es ihrer familie
wir danken für deine musiken
du bist schän musiker
vielen dank für deine musik herr hans
grüßen sie bitte herren hans yimmer schön von mir
ich hoffe wir sehen uns blad wieder!
bis bald!
alles gütte
vielen dank

auf wiedersehen

AraSh reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-24 00:00:00
Grüß gott
wie gehts es ihnen?
ich heiße arash
es freüt mich sie zu sehen
wie gehts es ihrer familie
wir danken für deine musiken
du bist schän musiker
vielen dank für deine musik herr hans
grüßen sie bitte herren hans yimmer schön von mir
ich hoffe wir sehen uns blad wieder!
bis bald!
alles gütte
vielen dank

auf wiedersehen

Matt reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-20 00:00:00
I waited,
I waited a long time
In the dark shade of the brown towers
In the dark shade of the brown towers
In the dark shade of the turns of rain
You will see me always awaiting
You will see me always waiting
One day it will return
Over the seas, over the fields
One day it will return,
Over the campaigns, over the Reviendra seas the green wind
And will carry with him my wounded heart
To carry me on the ways
It will return, charged with spray
In the dark shade of the black towers
Grace to its breath,
I would be carried Loin in the current, another country
I would be carried, thanks to his Loin breath in the current, according to his desire
According to its desire, far from this world Enters the sea and the stars


allright.. the lines are probably not in the right places.. but i did my best :) cheers guys.
love the song

arash reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-19 00:00:00
hello my favorite
hans u re sentimental guy so much
i never seen resmble you
you are ther best
i love has
thanks for battle song

alles gutt!!

arash reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-19 00:00:00
hello my favorite
hans u re sentimental guy so much
i never seen resmble you
you are ther best
i love has
thanks for battle song

alles gutt!!

mehraban reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-19 00:00:00
hi mr hans i m listeni to u re music
nice music nice compose nice note nice edit
congratulation to you mr hans zimmer

be good
bye

arash reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-19 00:00:00
you are the best

i love you

im congratulator to you for
battle , wheat , sorrow , barbarian horde , war , ashes to... might of rome , earth , december 7th , ......................so.
auf weider sehen

fateme reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-18 00:00:00
hallo
wie gehts es dir herr hans ?



you are the greatest composer of history

AUF GEHTS

bzhatao reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-04 00:00:00
Nice movie, great music
translation of "Gortoz A Ran"
kelt to french
http://www.lacoccinelle.net/traduction-chanson-10725-.html

arash reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-02 00:00:00
hallo herr hans zimmer
you nare the best composer of musik history
i love you

schwarzaugen_az94@yahoo.com
my email plz write me more about hans

shirin from iran reply Replies: 0 || 2006-06-02 00:00:00
hallo herr hans

i m listinin to u re musik

u re greatest.........
i love you
by: shirin and arash from iran

Hendry reply Replies: 0 || 2006-05-30 00:00:00
Hans Zimmer is by far the best music composer... I began looking for his name shortly after Black Hawk Down, and every movie (especially war movies) I always look for his name in the credits for the music. All my favorite movies... have him as the music composer. I believe that music is crucial to the setting in the movie... It brings the viewer closer to the movie, and sets the mood of how to feel during the certain parts of the movie. It certainly shows that Hans Zimmer is an excellent composer, because the majority of the movies I love, the music was composed by Hans Zimmer...

Well done... Big fan... Do you tour? and Indianapolis a location of this tour?
hendry12camaro@indy.rr.com

Japz reply Replies: 0 || 2006-05-28 00:00:00
Hi.. anyone know the translation of that song.. "barra barra".

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