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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 scoreÖ<br><br>Well, I'm terrible with math, so I'm not doing the counting. It could be more, it could be less Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė and so did Hitler! So I got criticized for making the "Entry into Rome" cue too Leni Riefenstahl Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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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Madagascar - Escape 2 Africa
Label: Geffen Records
Length: 49'27 (Score: 36'56)
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  1. Once Upon A Tme In Africa (3:50)
  2. The Traveling Song - will.i.am (3:25) *
  3. Party! Party! Party! (3:31)
  4. I Like To Move It - will.i.am (3:41)
  5. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (0:52)
  6. Big And Chunky - will.i.am (3:21) *
  7. Chums - Heitor Pereira (2:16)
  8. New York, New York (1:30)
  9. Volcano (2:50)
  10. Rescue Me (3:36)
  11. More Than A Feeling - Boston (4:45)
  12. She Loves Me - will.i.am (1:43) *
  13. Foofie (2:39)
  14. Copacabana (At The Copa) - Barry Manilow (4:06)
  15. Monochromatic Friends (2:59)
  16. Best Friends - will.i.am (2:25) *
  17. Alex On The Spot (1:58)
*Written by Hans Zimmer & will.i.am
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Noe reply Replies: 2 || 2008-11-09 00:00:00
Who played bass guitar on the credits "Move it" song?


BT 2014-07-04 15:33:13
If anyone knows, please share. It is so well done. It actually sounds a lot like Flea but it probably isn't.


Michael2020-01-04 17:31:09
I'm also scowering the internet to find that

Anonymous123 reply Replies: 5 || 2013-05-22 05:52:20
MADAGASCAR 2 COMPLETE SCORE

TRACKLIST:
01 Mad 2 1m01 DreamWorks Logo
02 Mad 2 1m01 DreamWorks Logo Alt
03 Mad 2 1m03 Training Alex - Poache
04 Mad 2 1m11 Second Biggest Sling S
05 Mad 2 1m12 Thank You Freaks
06 Mad 2 1m13 Gremlins!!
07 Mad 2 1m14s First Class
08 Mad 2 1m15 Small Incandescent Bul
09 Mad 2 1m18 Deploy Flaps
10 Mad 2 2m21 Grit Spit - Behold the
11 Mad 2 2m25 Dancing About A Plane
12 Mad 2 2m26 He's Come Home
13 Mad 2 2m28-30 Party! Party! Party
14 Mad 2 2m28-30 Party!
15 Mad 2 2m32 Operation Tourist Trap
16 Mad 2 2m35 Foofie
17 Mad 2 3m38-39 Mort & the Shark
18 Mad 2 3m40 Few Extra Thumbs
19 Mad 2 3m41 WarPaint
20 Mad 2 3m41 Fix WarPaint
21 Mad 2 3m43 Wake Up Titsy
22 Mad 2 3m45 Banishment
23 Mad 2 3m47 It's Too Late
24 Mad 2 3m48-49 Witch Doctor's Dise
25 Mad 2 3m50 Big Squirt
26 Mad 2 3m51 We're All Unique
27 Mad 2 4m57 Melman Professes
28 Mad 2 4m58 No Water
29 Mad 2 4m58B Fight For It
30 Mad 2 4m59 Makunga Has Spoken
31 Mad 2 4m60 Crossing the Line
32 Mad 2 4m61 Small Sacrifice
33 Mad 2 4m65 Found the Clog
34 Mad 2 4m66 Volcano Song
35 Mad 2 4m67-68 Did You Really Mean
36 Mad 2 5m70 Rotisserie
37 Mad 2 5m72 Nanna's Got A Gun
38 Mad 2 5m73 Dam Busters
39 Mad 2 5m74 Gods and Sushi
40 Mad 2 5m75 Ride the Wave
41 Mad 2 Rescue Theme


Sebia2013-05-22 16:01:17
WOW!!! It's perfect


...2013-06-20 18:07:17
it leaked...


Edmund Meinerts2013-06-23 15:53:52
So now that this is leaked, Hybrid, are we going to be seeing a separate page and composer details soon? :)


jungle2017-03-28 20:11:44
One cues is missing. Rescue theme, with will.i.am voice i guess
04 Mad 2 1m11 Traveling Alakey


Dillon Patterson2019-06-14 04:03:05
You fools, the tracklist was but a scam. The tracks simply wanted to EAT you.

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2014-02-11 22:40:32
how many credits are known for this one?

hlujan reply Replies: 0 || 2013-01-28 20:04:24
Hi!

I am looking for instrumental versions of the traveling song. Does anybody have it?

thanks a lot!

Song Alex On The Spot will be good also.

Felix reply Replies: 1 || 2012-10-18 22:35:06
i have the recording session from the 3rd movie and i want to have the recording session from this 2nd movie


Areozz2012-10-18 22:49:22
Good for you

Tim KZ reply Replies: 0 || 2011-11-16 12:31:38
Amazing score! Can't wait for 3rd movie. Only for music it worths watching.

gianluca reply Replies: 0 || 2010-05-28 00:00:00
wow

Ditze reply Replies: 0 || 2010-04-21 00:00:00
I can hear it thousand times a day!!!! I Love this sounds... And the travelling song... It fits to everyone, you do the music, which everybody like.... Donīt ever stop it!!

ANDREA reply Replies: 0 || 2010-03-18 00:00:00
CONGRATULATIONS

Lewis reply Replies: 0 || 2010-02-12 00:00:00
Awesome tune, so pleasant and energetic. Zooster breakout, Alex on the spot and Rescue me make me feel like i'm in heaven.I hope next Madagascar will be even better.I love this tune!

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 0 || 2010-01-02 00:00:00
You can find both tracks on Jim Dooley & Geoff Zanelli's official websites !

Zimler reply Replies: 0 || 2010-01-01 00:00:00
I have heard an extended soundtrack that featured two tracks called Slingshot (1,07) and Plane Crash (1,59 which had a littlebit of the instrumental "I like to move it" in it too) Are these two officially released?? The CD i heard didnt feature the Boston and Barry Manilow songs thou...
Maybe this is the extended version mentioned??

none ya buisness reply Replies: 0 || 2009-07-08 00:00:00
I LOVE THE TRAVELING SONG!!!! LOVE IT!!!


Iíve been around the world, in the pouring rain
Feeling out of place, really feeling strange
Take me to a place, where they know my name
Cause I ainít met nobody that looks the same

Iím a fish out of water, lion out of the jungle
[He a fish out of water, lion out of the jungle]
I need my peoples, my peoples, take me to my peoples
THEY GOT JUNGLE FEVER, SHOW HIM SOME LOVE,
SHOW HIM LOVE.

Could I have someone, could I have someone,
To relate to, to relate to
Could I have someone, could I have someone,
To relate to, to relate to

See Iíve been traveling, been traveling forever
But now that Iíve found a home,
Feels like Iím in heaven

See Iíve been traveling, been traveling forever
But now that Iím home,
Feels like Iím in heaven

See Iíve been traveling, been traveling forever
But now that Iíve found a home,
Feels like Iím in heaven

Feels like Iím in heaven
Feels like Iím in heaven
Feels like Iím in heaven
Feels like Iím in heaven, heaven

Traveling the world, like a touring man
Been around the planet in the foreign land
Iíve seen things that Iíve thought Iíve never seen
Take me to a place where they live like me

Iím a lion out the jungle, fish out of the ocean
[Heís a lion out the jungle, fish out of the ocean]
I need my peoples, my peoples, take me to my peoples
THEY GOT JUNGLE FEVER, SHOW HIM SOME LOVE,
SHOW HIM LOVE

Could I have someone, could I have someone,
To relate to, to relate to
Could I have someone, could I have someone,
To relate to, to relate to

See Iíve been traveling, been traveling forever
But now that Iíve found a home,
Feels like Iím in heaven

See Iíve been traveling, been traveling forever
But now that Iím home,
Feels like Iím in heaven

See Iíve been traveling, been traveling forever
But now that Iíve found a home,
Feels like Iím in heaven

Feels like Iím in heaven
Feels like Iím in heaven
Feels like Iím in heaven
Feels like Iím in heaven,

Feels like Iím in heaven
Feels like Iím in heaven
Iím in heaven,

Oh and Iím feeling right at home
Feeling right at home
Feeling right at home
[Iíve been around the world]

Feeling right at home
Feeling right at home
Feeling right at home
Feeling like Iím in heaven,

Itís like Iím in heaven
Itís like Iím in heaven
Iím in heaven

Itís like Iím in heaven
Iím in heaven
Itís like Iím in heaven
Iím in heaven

Oh yeah

Enrico reply Replies: 0 || 2009-06-25 00:00:00
Very funny!!! Good job!!!

bob reply Replies: 0 || 2009-04-01 00:00:00
you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

some1 reply Replies: 0 || 2009-02-18 00:00:00
I wish this soundtrack release would have more instrumental music, which is featured in the movie itself ... I miss a lot of music from 1h+ in the movie
is there some chance there will be a second soundtrack release like an addition or extention ... I mean, sometimes it happens and I really wish I could hear some more of this fantastic music!

LidoTRK reply Replies: 0 || 2009-02-06 00:00:00
You excel in everything! You are my inspiration! I bow down before you, Hans Zimmer!

no name reply Replies: 0 || 2009-01-23 00:00:00
I really love the traveling song, and alex on the spot.

Me reply Replies: 0 || 2009-01-12 00:00:00
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuu
i work at cinema and this music is just excelent!

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2009-01-04 00:00:00
just excelentttt i love itttt

nael reply Replies: 0 || 2008-12-13 00:00:00
thanks

Seraphim reply Replies: 0 || 2008-11-10 00:00:00
Wonderful! I get ideas for my own compositions from you!!

Seraphim Hanisch

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2008-11-10 00:00:00
Once Upon a Time in Africa, Rescue Me, and Alex on the Spot all make great use of the now infamous Zooster Theme. This score is yet another gem is Hans Zimmer's crown of musical greatness. Job well done.

"This is mah home, this is mah home!"

Rick reply Replies: 0 || 2008-11-09 00:00:00
How many song are written by hans zimmer?

simon reply Replies: 0 || 2008-11-06 00:00:00
This was just wonderful! ^^

fabien reply Replies: 0 || 2008-11-04 00:00:00
A totally fun and crazy soundtrack! Cool to see Hans composed which such ideas!

NiCo reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-25 00:00:00
Can't wait; Zooster Breakout powaaa!!!!!!!.....

Kaya reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-21 00:00:00
I love that Hans loves Ennio Morricone so much :)

DemonStar reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-21 00:00:00
Let's see what this one packs. I at least hope it's better than the first! ;-)

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