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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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bt reply Replies: 0 || 2020-07-20 15:57:59
found a nice cover on soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/timo01/interstellar-final-mix

Alexey Konstantinov reply Replies: 0 || 2020-07-20 15:53:26
My cover of Darck Knight with pc orchestra
https://soundcloud.com/grafray/gods-power

laverix reply Replies: 0 || 2020-05-07 13:49:47
Check this Progressive/Sludge Metal cover

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B7Ai-FaVHo

Caroline reply Replies: 0 || 2020-05-03 19:49:39
Hi, Have you got any advice for a mature student who would wish to study Music and Film in University yet have been advised by friends and relatives to seek another career path because of their age?

Stu Last reply Replies: 0 || 2020-05-02 19:35:33
Over the years, I've taken a lot of inspiration from Mr Zimmer's works. He's a Pirate is one of my favorite pieces, especially as part of the Medley often played by Tina Guo in the live shows.

I created an orchestral arrangement (synthed but that's what I have to work with) that really was my first step towards writing my own music and I'd love to share it.

It's on Soundcloud, which is free to listen to, and free to join if you want to.

https://soundcloud.com/stu-last/why-is-the-rum-always-gone

Thank you for sharing your music - its the most important thing to me.

Andy Hagerty reply Replies: 0 || 2020-04-29 17:23:18
Hey Hans Zimmer fans!

I made a synth / strings cover of the Interstellar theme and short video to match! You can heat it at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ieng5k8wiCE

Enjoy!

Cheers

Andy

Ajeje Brazorf reply Replies: 0 || 2020-04-27 00:16:57
Watch this cover of Pirates of the Caribbean:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4DOLrhX6yxE&t=5s

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Tenkaichi reply Replies: 0 || 2020-04-21 12:57:17
Hi Mr. Hanss Zimmer,
what are the conditions to submit a cover?

Paulo Ferreira reply Replies: 0 || 2020-04-09 21:20:30
Hi Mr. Hans Zimmer,

I really admire your work, your music is inspiring for my creations as a designer. You are a genius.

In your honor, I made a landing page concept: https://dribbble.com/shots/11000345-HANS-ZIMMER-LANDING-PAGE -CONCEPT

I hope you would like.

Kind Regards,
Paulo Ferreira

Kenez Nonwar reply Replies: 0 || 2020-03-27 15:36:49
Hi Sir Zimmer,

I am an self taught composer and a producer, I love your work,
You are my inspiration,I have made various
Original soundtrack inspired by your
Works
Am linking to one of my latest work
https://youtu.be/TEqXpSvlxsc

I would love to work on TV's or movie's music scores.

I hope you would like.

-Kenez Nonwar

Didier reply Replies: 0 || 2020-03-08 21:36:41
Hello there !

I did Several cover/arrangement (in my own style) for some of the old movies of Mr Zimmer, for both Piano Solo and Band Version. If interested here are all the links :

- For Piano Solo

* Rainman : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMCwjMPLyiI
* Point of No Return :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BigjvybnMH0
* Regarding Henry :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WodIdk4L5kc

- For Band (Mix of Jazz, Rock, Progressive Rock etc.)

* Rainman : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu9U24VpMRA
* Regarding Henry
Part 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3LScLqz2xI
Part 2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOskyKhPSrc


The Sheet music transcription of my version for Piano Solo of Rainman End Credits is available here if interested (hope it's ok to write this here.).

https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/rain-man-end-title-them e-digital-sheet-music/21389888

Thanks to the ones who will take the time to listen to all this (or at least one of them ;) ).

Captain Algren reply Replies: 3 || 2019-06-27 12:19:50
I saw Hans and company perform in Sydney, Australia in 2017. It was absolutely epic. The only thing that was missing was THE LAST SAMURAI. I have no idea why this is NEVER played. PLEASE, everyone who loves this soundtrack, make a huge fuss and hopefully Hans will see this and surprise us with The Last Samurai soundtracks!

Sincerly, Captain Nathan Algren


Alex2019-07-24 13:13:11
Hi there,
this is Alex from Germany and i also wonder whiy this masterpiece was not played live so far.
Have seen the movie about 50 times, heard the soundtrack about 300 times. I love this score.
And i hope that Mr Zimmer will be back in 2020...


Andrea Cascante2020-01-03 18:53:03
I love this soundtrack too. I know that in this tour didn't play The last samurai, but I love it!! I just want to hear this songs one time before I die. If he comes to Spain next year or near, I hope that play this soundtrack!!!


Bill Koufo2020-01-07 14:35:01
I think it's because The Last Samurai does not fit so much the tone of the Hans Zimmer Revealed Live program(they are mostly like rock concerts). However, The Last Samurai was planned to be part of The World of Hans Zimmer Concerts conducted by Gavin Greenaway, which are more symphonic. It was omitted because for duration reasons, as Hybrid mentioned here, but maybe in the 2020 tour they make some changes and add it...

Matt reply Replies: 0 || 2019-12-12 05:42:31
To Rick LiPani - years later, but your version of Honor Him from Gladiator is spot on! Well done!

Mat A reply Replies: 0 || 2019-06-24 06:44:52
Incredible work !, I admire you Hans Zimmer !.
Jaime Altozano (Youtuber music), he had a talk with you, and talked about interstellar music. I meet you more, thanks to his videos :)

Michael Nelson reply Replies: 0 || 2019-05-27 01:40:39
Flushed Away Complete Motion Picture
Score (2006)

Borsalino reply Replies: 0 || 2019-04-29 00:58:40
Hello Mr. Zimmer,
I am a young Algerian self-taught musician, I play guitar and piano, I sometimes sing, but my biggest dream is to make the composition for film, I'm a fan of your music and I would like to have your opinion on the one of my compositions. I will be very grateful to you.

Allan reply Replies: 0 || 2019-04-09 02:22:38
Dear Mr. Zimmer,

Have been a fan of your work for years and recently when watching your show from Prague on Netflix, I said to my wife I want to go and see such concert. 10 minutes later from my bedroom in Manila, Philippines I had booked 4 tickets to your concert in Koblenz, Germany and then had to buy airplane tickets as well.. lol. Must admit I did not even know where Koblenz exactly was in Germany. Well now my wife, kids and two daughters are coming and we hope you are going to play Tears of the Sun theme song as absolutely my favorite number and play it every time I wish to relax and to some level meditate.

Best wishes and see you soon from Rachel, Marin, Martina and Allan from the Philippines :-)

Ulrike Tangerner reply Replies: 0 || 2019-03-26 20:20:22
Dear Mr. Zimmer!
Recently, our mother showed us a newspaper article about you and explained proudly: "This is my Hänschen“.
Our mother Rosemarie Tangerner born Lagger was your nanny, when you were 1 - 2 years old.
She often told us about her time in Deutschland at her parents' house and showed us pictures of her and you. Unfortunately, I can not insert the photos on this page, but I would have liked to show them.
My mother felt very well with her family and spent a nice time with them.
We wanted to buy tivkets for our concert in Graz, but unfortunately the concert has been sold out for a long time.
Maybe it is possible to get tickets for your concert.
I would like to surprise my mother with a reunion with you.
We would be happy to hear from you personally!
Lovely greetings from Austria
Ulrike Tangerner

Dillon Sienko reply Replies: 0 || 2019-02-25 15:35:01
Hey guys! Here's my cover of "I Don't Think Now Is the Best Time" from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk11XXAkj9g

Irakli Shermazanashvili reply Replies: 0 || 2019-02-18 17:19:00
Lieber Herr Zimmer,

würde über Ihre kurze Meldung über mein Stück freuen.

Liebe Grüße
Irakli Shermazanashvili

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-FWQaMm4p8

Jakub Fio³ek reply Replies: 0 || 2018-12-25 21:33:47
Roll Tide - Main Theme of Crimson Tide for accordion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psQFDjpHvMY
Enjoy!

Jiladah reply Replies: 0 || 2018-07-28 23:36:53
Good ol' times of Inception.

Influenced me to make this piano cover a looong time ago :)
Best regards from Germany,
Johnny aka Jiladah aka DJ Vamp Bachata
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3BwCLMYNSo

Schnazy reply Replies: 0 || 2018-07-11 19:10:55
Hey Hans Zimmer,
I re-made the music in the tesseract act scene in Interstellar. I hope you like it! Please look at the link if u have time:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ibNzwTxiGGw

Copyright reply Replies: 1 || 2018-06-19 05:55:36
Hello Hans.

May i ask you a question?

The piano sheet is now on sale, so that your music is now in the market for commercial purposes. It is sold at $ 10, although I do not know whether or not the seller arranged the piano music directly. Please check with us for the availability of other music.

Please refer to this site: htta://www.yes24.com/24/goods/28085649

(South Korea book store.)

Book Introduction :
It is the piano music which made the best 22 songs. New Age, movies, games, animations, etc., can be seen in various genres, and each sheet of music is directly attached to the author's QR code video.

If there is no problem, please respond.

Have a good day.


Copyright2018-06-19 06:02:27
Additional information
Posted date 2016

but, It was sold for two years.


Stefan Haslinger reply Replies: 0 || 2018-05-25 01:34:51
Sehr geehrter Herr Zimmer,
Hallo Hans,

ich habe einige ihrer Konzerte gesehen, Prag jedoch, war wirklich, ich kann es nicht in Worte fassen, unglaublich. Top Musiker und eine super performance!
Ihre Musik ist eine Inspiration.
Hoffentlich hören wir noch viele Stücke von Ihnen...

Hochachtungsvoll und liebe Grüße
Stefan

Claudine Massie reply Replies: 0 || 2018-04-27 16:30:27
Hello Mr. Hans I am a fan of your music. I am part of the French choir and we would like to sing the choir part of Pearl Harbor 7th december. Where could we buy the score? Thank you very much.
Claudine Massie president of the Sol Mi Douze France choir

Piyush VC reply Replies: 0 || 2018-04-25 21:56:59
Listening to all these fan made covers!!! They all are more than awesome. Its feels good how Hans Zimmer is inspiring the world around to create such a great music. Lots of applause to all the fans who have submitted their covers over here. Good luck !!!

NotaPix reply Replies: 3 || 2017-09-16 11:22:35
thanks Antas for uploading my covers.
a greeting to all of you and in particular who has allowed all this:
Hans Zimmer.
:)


Piyush VC2018-04-24 11:19:36
Hey there.. Your music score is really good, I liked them all. I wanna know within how many days after your submission, were your tracks posted over here?


NotaPix2018-04-24 17:41:37
hello Piyush VC
sorry, I hope I have correctly understood your question, I do not know English (google translator).
I do not remember well how long my covers have been published here after my submission.
but if you would like to publish your own cover of the composer Hans Zimmer here, it is more correct that you address the questions of this type to 'antas' admin.
as I said, I hope my answer is relevant to your question.
bye :)


Piyush VC2018-04-24 22:40:44
Thank You NotaPix. That was really helpful. :)

Mike (OTM) reply Replies: 0 || 2018-04-21 20:54:01
Really awesome "Is She With You?" cover by Nir Shor!

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