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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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Hans ZimmerLorne BalfeMichael A. LevineTom Holkenborg (Junkie XL)
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Megamind
Label: Lakeshore Records
Length: 48'10 (Score: 32'56)
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  1. Giant Blue Head (4:29)
  2. Tightenville (Hal's Theme) (2:16)
  3. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood & The Destroyers (4:49)
  4. Stars And Tights (1:26)
  5. Crab Nuggets (2:17)
  6. A Little Less Conversation (Junkie XL Remix) - Elvis Presley (3:32)
  7. Mel-On-Cholly (2:32)
  8. Ollo (3:07)
  9. Roxanne (Love Theme) (2:36)
  10. Alone Again Naturally - Gilbert O'Sullivan (3:37)
  11. Drama Queen (1:47)
  12. Rejection In The Rain (1:45)
  13. Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton (3:23)
  14. Black Mamba (1:13)
  15. Game Over (3:22)
  16. I'm The Bad Guy (2:37)
  17. Evil Lair (3:29)
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NM reply Replies: 1 || 2015-10-09 02:30:56
Hans' Megamind Theme reminds me of Madagascar for some reason.


Edmund Meinerts2015-10-10 14:42:40
Megamind in general reminds me of a better-developed version of Madagascar.

Anonymous reply Replies: 3 || 2013-09-02 00:24:28
tracklist from the sessions

01. 1m00 Opening (1:03)
02. 1m1-2 Face of Evil (4:28)
03. 1m10 Wooing Roxanne (1:20)
04. 1m11s MetroMan's Celebration (0:29)
05. 1m12 MegaMind Crashes Party (0:27)
06. 1m3s-4 Baddest Boy of the All (1:28)
07. 1m5b Kidnapping Roxanne (0:34)
08. 1m5 MetroMan Day (1:25)
09. 1m6 Escape From Prison (1:22)
10. 1m8sc MetroMan Ceremony sax (0:48)
11. 1m8s MetroMan Ceremony horn (0:48)
12. 1m9 MegaMinds Evil Lair (1:11)
13. 2m13 MetroMan to the Rescue (2:21)
14. 2m14 MetroMan's Weakness Revealed (0:45)
15. 2m15 MetroMan Arrives (0:49)
16. 2m22A MegaMind in City Hall (1:32)
17. 2m22B Meloncholy (2:10)
18. 3m24 MetroMan Remembered (2:32)
19. 3m25-26 If Only....Hatches a Plan (3:08)
20. 3m27 Roxanne Finds Mega's Lair (3:41)
21. 3m28s Roxanne Opens Exit Door (0:13)
22. 3m29-30 Rox and Bernard Hug Destiny of Hal (3:39)
23. 4m31 Love on Blanket (0:39)
24. 4m32 Hal Becomes Titan (1:35)
25. 4m33 Mega and Minion Fall Out (1:46)
26. 4m34 Roxanne Meets Titan (2:41)
27. 4m35 Rox and Bernard Dinner Date (2:31)
28. 4m36 Rejection in the Rain (1:43)
29. 5m37 Black Mamba Revealed (1:11)
30. 5m40A-C Being a Hero is for Losers (4:52)
31. 5m41A Mega and Rox Join Forces (1:17)
32. 5m41B-C Hey Stinger (0:48)
33. 5m42 MetroMan Flashback (1:40)
34. 5m44-45 Rox gives Meg a Pep Talk (2:36)
35. 6m47-48 Rox in Jeopardy and Hal Terrorizes City (3:07)
36. 6m52-53 Drama Queen We Did It (1:40)
37. 6m54 JXL BAD Tail (1:01)
38. 6m55 End Credit (3:33)
39. Hals Theme (2:14)
40. Love Theme (2:35)


Felix2013-09-13 22:06:32
wow, its nice


Edmund Meinerts2014-04-26 15:20:45
I just found this one too. Looking forward to hearing it; the original album, missing the entire final battle sequence, was completely inadequate. I'd say it's still Balfe's best score (if you can call it a Balfe score).


T-Mann0362014-04-27 06:36:44
The recording sessions was spot on. Hans & Lorne had done a great job on making the film soundtrack... especially those not found in the original soundtrack.

Ds reply Replies: 1 || 2013-05-20 14:11:08
The music as heard in the movie sounds so much better than this release... Still, very cool work from Hans & Lorne, they did exactly the kind of music the film needed.

And the scene with "I'm the bad guy" really has an epic feel.


Anonymous2013-05-20 22:21:36
Kinda like TDKR....movie sounds better than album.

Bondo reply Replies: 1 || 2012-10-14 14:11:01
Had no idea that Zanelli did additional music on this one! There seems to be no mention of it on his site...?


Hybrid Soldier2012-10-14 14:30:52
Actually he did 2 source cues. Not exactly working with the others on this one... :P

Anonymous reply Replies: 9 || 2012-06-02 02:45:15
Giant Blue Head and Tightenville show up on Lorne's website, does that mean that he composed them?


Mr. Fate2012-06-02 03:26:15
yes


Ds2012-06-02 12:53:33
Mr Fate, how do you know that?

I'd say, Lorne Balfe is co-composer (and not additional composer), what means that all the cues could be on his website... no?


Hybrid Soldier2012-06-02 13:38:24
Absolutely...

Actually it's a co-score, Lorne & Hans wrote the themes TOGETHER.

Like one starts it, the other finishes it.


Mr. Fate2012-06-02 14:00:52
Thanks, Hybrid. I saw this a little bit ago just before you posted and had been thinking about my own input on the matter.

Ds, even if Balfe is a co-composer, that means he is *still* a composer of the score. It wouldn't make much sense if he posted samples of Zimmer's work on his own website now, would it? Composers like Balfe, Geoff Zanelli, and Magic Box Music post samples of their own works on their websites so that they can get their names and styles out there and recognized.

It is from this assumption that we could go ahead and conclude that Lorne Balfe is the composer of "Giant Blue Head" and "Tightenville".


Anonymous2012-06-02 17:59:23
It sounds to me like Giant Blue Head and Tightenville are perfect blends of the composers' abilities. The other theme for Megamind heard mainly in Black Mamba sounds totally like Zimmer, as does the love theme.


Hybrid Soldier2012-06-02 18:45:27
Speaking of Lorne, if you want some news, he's just completing the next Assassin's Creed & Spyro as we speak. He finished a UK feature, The Sweeney, which should have a score release.


Schmo2012-06-02 22:50:33
Hi Hybrid Soldier

Is Lorne doing Assassin's Creed 3 by himself or is Jesper Kyd returning as well?

I ask because months before Ubisoft announced Jesper Kyd was returning for Assassin's Creed Revelations he had it listed on his site and on his agency site (The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency)that he was composing for the game but I can't find any news on Jesper returning for Assassin's Creed 3.

I thought Lorne's music for Revelations was better than Jesper's so I'm hoping Lorne is doing the full score himself.

Thank you


Hybrid Soldier2012-06-04 17:51:28
Err... No idea !

I'll ask Lorne ! :)


NS*AP2012-06-04 18:16:01
@Hybrid Soldier do you will ask Lorne ;) ????? Lorne is famous you an fan !!!

DREAM ON !

Music reply Replies: 2 || 2011-12-11 19:46:03
Im looking for the end of the Megamind music or soundtrack that plays after (Bad MJackson). And it starts with latin(salsa, mambo) rythm.
How can I find this music?


12012-05-21 12:03:04
does any one know where to download the megamind soundtrack on the enternet


Damien, Moderator2012-05-21 21:02:13
You can on Amazon (look at the link on left side of this page).

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2012-05-21 18:42:00
What theme did Lorne Balfe compose?

Kate reply Replies: 1 || 2011-03-18 00:00:00
Also looking for the music from the opening scene of Megamind (when he's falling) which is the background music for the menu screen on DVD. Why can't I find this anywhere?


German2011-11-24 10:16:50
IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS SONG TOO!! Cant Find it ANYWHERE!! Going Crazy here >:D

////// reply Replies: 3 || 2011-09-17 05:05:26
From ASCAP:

Writers:
BALFE LORNE DAVID RODERICK
HILTON STEPHEN
HOLKENBORG ANTONIUS B J TOM
ZIMMER HANS FLORIAN

ESCAPE FROM PRISON (1M6)
METRO MAN CEREMONY (1M8)
MEGAMIND S EVIL LAIR (1M9)
WOOING ROXANNE (1M10)
METRO MAN S CELEBRATION / SHARE & TIGHTS (1M1
MEGMIND CRASHES PARTY (1M12)
METRO MAN TO THE RESCUE (2M13)
METRO MAN S WEAKNESS REVEALED (2M14)
METRO MAN REMEMBERED (3M24)
HATCHES A PLAN (3M26)
BRING A HERO IS FOR LOOSERS (5M40A - C)
METRO MAN S FLASHBACK (5M42)
BADDEST BOY OF THEM ALL, THE (1M4)
METRO MAN DAY (1M5)
KIDNAPPING ROZANNE (1M5B)
METRO MAN ARRIVES (2M15)
IF ONLY METRO MAN WAS ALIVE (3M25)
ROXANNES FINDS MEGA S LAIR (3M27)
ROXANNE OPENS EXIT ING DOOR (3M28)
ROX AND BERNARD HUG / DESTINYOF HAL (3M29 - 3
END OF LOVE MONTAGE (4M31)
HAL COMPLETES TRAINING (4M32)
MEGAMIND AND MINION FALL OUT (4M33)
ROXANNE MEETS TITAN (4M34)
ROXANNE AND BERNARD DINNER DATE (4M35)
BLACK MAMBA REVEALED (5M37)
MEGAMIND & ROXANNE JOIN FORCES (5M41A)
HEY STINGER (5M41B - C)
ROXANNE GIVES MEGAMIND A PEP TALK (5M44 - 45)
TV SURFIN (5M44 - 45)
ROXANNE IN JEOPARDY AND HAL TERROIZES (6M47 -
FINAL BATTLE - RETURN OF HALL (6M50 - 51)
DRAMA QUEEN I DID IT (6M52 - 53)
HAL S THEME (6M58)
LOVE THEME (6M59)
STARS & TIGHTS (6M60)
BEING A HERO IS FOR LOOSERS (5M40A - C)
REJECTION IN THE RAIN (4M36)


//////2011-09-17 06:14:08
Edit: Found some more cues:

Writers:

BALFE LORNE DAVID RODERICK
HILTON STEPHEN
HOLKENBORG ANTONIUS B J TOM
LEVINE MICHAEL ALAN
ZIMMER HANS FLORIAN

BADDEST BOY OF THEM ALL, THE (1M4)
METRO MAN DAY (1M5)
ESCAPE FROM PRISON (1M6)
METRO MAN CEREMONY (1M8)
MEGAMIND S EVIL LAIR (1M9)
WOOING ROXANNE (1M10)
METRO MAN S CELEBRATION / SHARE & TIGHTS (1M1
MEGMIND CRASHES PARTY (1M12)
METRO MAN TO THE RESCUE (2M13)
METRO MAN S WEAKNESS REVEALED (2M14)
MEGAMIND IN CITY HALL (2M22)
MEL-ON-CHOLY (2M22B)
METRO MAN REMEMBERED (3M24)
HATCHES A PLAN (3M26)
BRING A HERO IS FOR LOOSERS (5M40A - C)
METRO MAN S FLASHBACK (5M42)
KIDNAPPING ROZANNE (1M5B)
METRO MAN ARRIVES (2M15)
IF ONLY METRO MAN WAS ALIVE (3M25)
ROXANNES FINDS MEGA S LAIR (3M27)
ROXANNE OPENS EXIT ING DOOR (3M28)
ROX AND BERNARD HUG / DESTINYOF HAL (3M29 - 3
END OF LOVE MONTAGE (4M31)
HAL COMPLETES TRAINING (4M32)
MEGAMIND AND MINION FALL OUT (4M33)
ROXANNE MEETS TITAN (4M34)
ROXANNE AND BERNARD DINNER DATE (4M35)
REJECTION IN THE RAIN (4M36)
BLACK MAMBA REVEALED (5M37)
BEING A HERO IS FOR LOOSERS (5M40A - C)
MEGAMIND & ROXANNE JOIN FORCES (5M41A)
HEY STINGER (5M41B - C)
ROXANNE GIVES MEGAMIND A PEP TALK (5M44 - 45)
TV SURFIN (5M44 - 45)
ROXANNE IN JEOPARDY AND HAL TERROIZES (6M47 -
FINAL BATTLE - RETURN OF HALL (6M50 - 51)
DRAMA QUEEN I DID IT (6M52 - 53)
BLUE SCORE THEME MEDLEY (6M57)
HAL S THEME (6M58)
LOVE THEME (6M59)
STARS & TIGHTS (6M60)


Hybrid Soldier2011-09-17 08:43:17
And you've still missed some cues... ;)


//////2011-09-18 02:02:44
Ya I figured. Can you share with us these other cues, and tell us where to find them?

Brie reply Replies: 1 || 2011-03-02 00:00:00
Am I clear in understanding that there is no track for the DVD title screen music they used or that little snippit in the beginning of the movie which was the same track? Because I have gone through the entire soundtrack and have not heard it ONCE. There was a tease of it in Giant Blue Head, but that wasn't the actual piece. You're driving me nuts, Zimmer, for not putting that in the soundtrack!!! Please, if anyone can help me find it or tell me where I can get it, it would be much appreciated.


Blue2011-08-20 22:44:39
I don't know, but I totally agree.

Snake reply Replies: 12 || 2010-12-19 00:00:00
I think Lorne Balfe is doing a better job than Zimmer these days. Zimmer has been more involved in not so good projects including this one Megamind. His best works were done until 2003. However, Zimmer was involved in some projects that were awesome like The Dark Knight or Kung Fu Panda (special Zimmer's themes) (John Powell sucks). Also Balfe did good compositions, but that doesn't mean he's the next Zimmer. NO!!! He will never be the next Hans Zimmer. He''ll need a whole lifetime to do that but even with that, he'll never surpass Zimmer's earlier works. Should I tell them? No. Because everybody knows his works and he's the God of film music even with his few fails. But don't think I'm saying I hate his works. No; I think he's got talent and definitely has more talent than Henry Jackman, Ramin Djawadi (even his work in Medal of Honor) and the worst film composer of all times and Remote Control's history; Steve Jablonsky (special him and his totally horrible film compositions, and more with Michael Bay) together. That reminds me the time when Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams worked together for a long time as Gregson-Williams as his apprentice. But that's my opinion so don't get angry if I offended you.

If Zimmer let Balfe to compose more music for upcoming films, then Balfe will gain respect in Hollywood and would work with renowed film producers and directors like Zimmer's former "padawans" such as Harry Gregson-Williams, Marc Streitenfeld, Trevor Rabin and Klaus Badelt. Besides, I loved what Balfe and Zimmer did on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 together.


Edmund Meinerts2011-06-07 16:10:32
John Powell sucks??? You're kidding, right? Powell is by far the best padawan (your word!) to emerge from Remote Control, to the point that I think he's doing better stuff than Zimmer himself these days.

Go listen to How to Train Your Dragon. Then cry because you were such an idiot ever to type the forbidden words "John Powell sucks", come back and apologize.

Also, listen to Steamboy - it'll make you think twice about your opinion of Jablonsky. ;)


Samantha2011-06-07 20:34:27
Amen Edmund Meinerts!!!


Lucinda2011-06-07 20:39:10
Wait... did Snake just wrote "John Powell sucks"??!!! Really???!!!

Oh my God dude... you shouldn't be alive!! You should be in the mental institute for writing those words.

John Powell is a fantastic composer - one of the best - and I'm really angry with the Academy for not giving him the Oscar for HTTYD (which is, btw, one of the best scores in the world).

Hans Zimmer is good and I love him but I have to be honest - his padawans (using your word as Edmund did) are becoming greater than him.

Sorry dude but you are just lame!!!


Peter2011-06-07 22:49:08
His Padawans?

I'll admit Jablonsky and Ramin Djawadi of late have been Getting better in their mimicry of Zimmer's styles. Even Henry Jackman did a good job with Xmen...

but I have to agree with the guy who negates Powell...

I'll extend that to even say Gregson-Williams sucks as well.

Both have been getting lazy. Either that or the projects they've been taking on havent really been the kind of projects
that give them much room to work, and much less shine in.


Gregson Williams watermark seems to have been after he did Man on Fire. Ever since then he's been riffing on himself.

Powell's looks to have been the Bourne Series. Much of his work after that, probably save Hancock, has been hyperkietic childrens' movie fare, which is kinda meh IMO. And yes I include Kung Fu Panda.

Im all for Zimmer's padawans picking up the torch, but both Powell and GW have been dropping their balls lately and letting THEIR padwans outshine them...


Trent Easton Navarro2011-06-07 23:14:59
@ Peter

Powell and Gregson-Williams on a bad day still write better music than all those padawans with exotic names I don't even care to remember. They don't even deserve to be called padawan, minion is probably a better name.

Hell, on a bad day Gregson-Williams and Powell write even better music than Zimmer himself. Then again, Zimmer probably hasn't written a note of music in years, he's got his minions for that.


Samantha2011-06-08 00:58:05
Amen Trent Easton Navarro!!

I was gonna write something like that but you were first!


Ds2011-06-08 10:25:14
"Zimmer probably hasn't written a note of music in years, he's got his minions for that"

Read his interviews and see how you're lying!!


Hybrid Soldier2011-06-08 12:44:10
Trent is writing crap and it surely does look like he doesn't know what he's talking about... ;)


Trent Easton Navarro2011-06-08 13:11:04
@ Hybrid

Am I really? Sure, I exaggerated by saying Zimmer hasn't written a note of music in years. But he also hasn't written a full score without relying on his minions in years. It almost seems that list of additional composers is getting longer and longer with each score. Also none of his recent scores are as good as the stuff he wrote in the 90's.

And you can't seriously think that Ramin Djawadajajaji and Atali Orvarizon write better music than Powell and Gregson-Williams?!


Hybrid Soldier2011-06-08 13:29:56
Because Powell & Gregson write their scores alone ?

Are you kidding ? What about Dom Lewis, Paul Mounsey, McKee Smith, Ashton Thomas with Powell ? Cauthery, Hybrid, Anthony Lledo, Daveid Buckley, even Matthew Margeson with HGW ?

And yeah, I can affirm in the past few years Atli did much better than HGW (who is kind of lost since 2005)... Eagle, Season, Free Realms (which of course you haven't heard, I can't blame you), Babylon AD HGW hasn't matched stuff like that since a veeeeeeeeeeery long time, unfortunately... :S


Trent Easton Navarro2011-06-08 13:52:25
Well no, but I don't get the idea that they rely on the additional composers as much as Zimmer does.

HG-W last couple of scores weren't very impressive (although I loved Prince Caspian and Prince of Persia), but I think that also had something to do with the films them self. Here's hoping he'll deliver on Cowboys and Aliens.

As for Φrvarsson, I didn't really care much for Season but I did like The Fourth Kind. And The Eagle was also pretty good. Never heard of Free Realms. I'll see if I can find that one somewhere.


Lucas2011-06-17 17:37:18
Sometimes you're right Snake, but you should also respect each composer Ramin Djawadi is one of my favorites! Steve was a good composer with Steamboy, transformers 1, and then a second part of this terrible and stupid with ACDC!

Lukas from Germany reply Replies: 0 || 2011-06-17 17:32:49
Lorne thank you for the sign Cd!!

Best,
Lukas

Pete reply Replies: 0 || 2011-05-21 20:56:19
Could someone post who did what on this please?

SoreThumb reply Replies: 0 || 2011-03-05 00:00:00
@Brie I scanned the entire soundtrack too, and I couldn't find it either... :|

fatma eden reply Replies: 0 || 2011-02-10 00:00:00
ilove uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu x

Lukas reply Replies: 0 || 2011-02-09 00:00:00
Thank you Lorne for the sign !!

Best
Lukas

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 0 || 2011-01-20 00:00:00
Yep great news ! And trust me it's really a great score, full of different choirs ! ;)

Kickass reply Replies: 0 || 2011-01-20 00:00:00
yeah! "Ironclad" a score by Lorne Balfe for a movie set in medieval time will get a release by Varese : 03/01/11

"Composer Lorne Balfe provides an epic, vibrant, heroic score for orchestra and choir."

Can't wait!

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2011-01-06 00:00:00
will rango have a cd release?

anyone know?

Dakota reply Replies: 0 || 2011-01-06 00:00:00
Oh, man I hope Rango gets a release. I wanna see that so bad, it looks really good. Just watching the trailer makes me feel like it will have a good score.

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2011-01-05 00:00:00
cool thanks hybrid

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 0 || 2011-01-04 00:00:00
There won't be a release for The Dilemma either...

Lorne told me it's a really short score (a bit less than 40 min total) with tons of short cues... So no good listening experience...

So, no, no CD planned... :S

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2011-01-04 00:00:00
so I'm guessing we won't hear the dilemma either?

Hybrid have you any info on the project at all?

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Enrico reply Replies: 0 || 2010-12-13 00:00:00
This was made expecially by Balfe....right?!

Prott reply Replies: 0 || 2010-12-13 00:00:00
Enrico: I`m guessing that theme suites and some tracks (Stars and Tights, ...) are by Hans Zimmer and rest is by Lorne Balfe (so it was co-composed by both of them).

alireza of iran reply Replies: 0 || 2010-12-12 00:00:00
tank u for making this beautiful musics keep writing these everlasting musics your music is has inspired me so much tank u tank u so much the great talented hans zimmer

Mario Soundtrack reply Replies: 0 || 2010-12-06 00:00:00
Genial! Great! Tightenville; Stars and Tights; Black Mamba; Rejection in Rain; Ollo; Game Over!!!
The best:....Ollo, Stars and Tights...or Game Over..!
Hard stand

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2010-11-30 00:00:00
Lorne is great! The next Zimmer : )

Jaweco reply Replies: 0 || 2010-11-17 00:00:00
This is a fun score, nothing outstanding but nice to listen to nevertheless... but I think the CD ends far too abruptly ! It lacks some kind of conclusion, the end of "Evil Lair" leaves me waiting for what's coming next... except that there is nothing next ! A conclusion track would have been good, it would have given some closure to the album... too bad !

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