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Hans Zimmer

September 12, 1957 -
born in Frankfurt, Germany, composed during the Contemporary period
Hans Zimmer is a composer and keyboard synthesizer player who made popular music history then became one of the most successful film score composers.

Raised and educated mainly in England, he has no formal musical education; he says the most he ever got was about "two weeks of piano lessons." Nevertheless, he took an early interest in electronic musical synthesizers in the 1970s, when these were large, bulky analog devices programmed usually by means of patch cords and individual oscillator settings.

He found work writing tunes and electronically scoring music for television commercials and, still in his early twenties, joined two British musicians named Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes to form a rock group called The Buggles. They produced a world-wide hit called "Video Killed the Radio Star," which made music history as the first piece ever broadcast on America's music network MTV. The Buggles' subsequent LP, "The Age of Plastic," was also a major hit.

Zimmer became interested in film music, mostly through the influence of Italian composer Ennio Morricone, and also cites Elmer Bernstein's The Magnificent Seven as an influence both on himself and Morricone, as well as John Barry's James Bond scores, Bernard Herrmann's Psycho, and Jerry Goldsmith's The Omen as major influences on later film scores. But it was a meeting with another film composer, Stanley Meyers, that led Zimmer into scoring for films and into a style using classical and electronic techniques.

Zimmer and Meyers founded Lillie Yard Studios in London. Zimmer and Meyers worked on small British films, including Jerzy Skolimovsky's Moonlighting, Success is The Best Revenge, and The Lightship, and Nicholas Roeg's Insignificance and The Castaway. The big hit of this "little movie" period was My Beautiful Laundrette. This introduced Zimmer to the Hollywood community and he was brought in to help Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Byrne (neither with much film experience or Western classical training) to score Bertolucci's epic The Last Emperor.

After writing scores for a few more movies, including Wonderland, Paperhouse, and Burning Secret, he was commissioned to compose for the low-budget film on South African racial problems A World Apart in 1986. This work led Barry Levinson to hire Zimmer to write the score for the Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman drama Rain Man, a score nominated for an Oscar. The financial and critical success of this film led to such prestige films as Driving Miss Daisy, then made a sharp turn into action movie scoring, beginning with Black Rain and continuing with Days of Thunder, Backdraft, Thelma and Louise, Peacemaker, and Crimson Tide (which won a Grammy Award). He says he developed a new action music style in Black Rain because he was trying to sound like John Williams and didn't know how to.

Zimmer's best known work is the score to The Lion King, Disney's most popular animated film, which won the Academy Award and, at twelve million copies sold, became the best-selling record in the history of Walt Disney Records.

Zimmer has not escaped typecasting; action films became his forte, along with projects with some element of cross-cultural clashes in the plot. He is exceptionally frank about his own work and in interviews has readily identified work he considers good and bad. For instance, when asked why there is no recording of even a selection of the best parts of his score for Days of Thunder he said, "Because there wasn't any good music in it." On the other hand, he cites his films Drop Zone, Two Deaths, Peacemaker, Driving Miss Daisy, Prince of Egypt, and part of Crimson Tide as favorites. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rush (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: Rush, Film Score

1. Rush, Film Score: 1976

2. Rush, Film Score: I Could Show You If You'd Like

3. Rush, Film Score: I Hear You Knocking

4. Rush, Film Score: Stopwatch

5. Rush, Film Score: Into The Red

6. Rush, Film Score: Budgie

7. Rush, Film Score: Scuderia

8. Rush, Film Score: Gimme Some Lovin

10. Rush, Film Score: 20%

12. Rush, Film Score: Watkins Glen

13. Rush, Film Score: Loose Cannon

14. Rush, Film Score: The Rocker

15. Rush, Film Score: Car Trouble

18. Rush, Film Score: Inferno

19. Rush, Film Score: Mount Fuji

20. Rush, Film Score: For Love

21. Rush, Film Score: Reign

22. Rush, Film Score: Fame

23. Rush, Film Score: Lost But Won

24. Rush, Film Score: My Best Enemy

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Track List: The Dark Knight Rises (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score

1. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: A Storm Is Coming

2. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: On Thin Ice

3. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Gotham's Reckoning

4. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Mind If I Cut In?

5. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Underground Army

6. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Born In Darkness

7. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: The Fire Rises

8. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Nothing Out There

9. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Despair

10. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Fear Will Find You

11. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Why Do We Fall?

12. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Death By Exile

13. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Imagine The Fire

14. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Necessary Evil

15. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Rise

16. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Bombers Over Ibiza (Junkie Xl Remix)

17. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: The Shadows Betray You

18. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: The End

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Track List: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score

1. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Hoist The Colours

2. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Singapore

3. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: At Wit's End

4. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Multiple Jacks

5. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Up Is Down

6. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: I See Dead People In Boats

7. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: The Brethren Court

8. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Parlay

9. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Calypso

10. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: What Shall We Die For

11. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: I Don't Think Now Is The Best Time

12. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: One Day

13. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho

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Track List: King Arthur (Original Score)

Title: Tell Me Now (What You See) (composed With Moya Brennan For The Film King Arthur)

1. Tell Me Now (What You See) (composed With Moya Brennan For The Film King Arthur): Tell Me Now (What You See)

Title: King Arthur, Film Score

2. King Arthur, Film Score: Woad To Ruin

3. King Arthur, Film Score: Do You Think I'm Saxon?

4. King Arthur, Film Score: Hold The Ice

5. King Arthur, Film Score: Another Brick In Hadrian's Wall

6. King Arthur, Film Score: Budget Meeting

7. King Arthur, Film Score: All Of Them!

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Track List: The Thin Red Line (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: The Thin Red Line, Film Score

1. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: The Coral Atoll

2. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: The Lagoon

3. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: Journey To The Line

4. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: Light

5. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: Beam

6. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: Air

7. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: Stone In My Heart

8. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: The Village

9. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: Silence

10. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: God Yu Tekem Laef Blong Mi

11. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: Sit Back & Relax

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Track List: Aurora (Single)

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Track List: Crimson Tide (Music From The Original Motion Picture)

Title: Crimson Tide, Film Score

1. Crimson Tide, Film Score: Mutiny

2. Crimson Tide, Film Score: Alabama

3. Crimson Tide, Film Score: Little Ducks

4. Crimson Tide, Film Score: 1SQ

5. Crimson Tide, Film Score: Roll Tide

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Track List: Music From The Batman Trilogy

Title: Batman Begins, Film Score

1. Batman Begins, Film Score: Vespertilio

2. Batman Begins, Film Score: Eptesicus

3. Batman Begins, Film Score: Barbastella

4. Batman Begins, Film Score: Antrozous

5. Batman Begins, Film Score: Molossus

Title: The Dark Knight, Film Score

6. The Dark Knight, Film Score: Why So Serious?

7. The Dark Knight, Film Score: Aggressive Expansion

8. The Dark Knight, Film Score: Like A Dog Chasing Cars

9. The Dark Knight, Film Score: Introduce A Little Anarchy

10. The Dark Knight, Film Score: A Watchful Guardian

Title: The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score

11. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Mind If I Cut In?

12. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Fear Will Find You

13. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Why Do We Fall?

14. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Imagine The Fire

15. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Rise

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Track List: The Holiday

Title: The Holiday, Film Score

1. The Holiday, Film Score: Maestro

2. The Holiday, Film Score: Iris And Jasper

Title: Kayak For One, Song (for The Film The Holiday)

3. Kayak For One, Song (for The Film The Holiday): Kayak For One

Title: The Holiday, Film Score

4. The Holiday, Film Score: Zero

5. The Holiday, Film Score: Dream Kitchen

6. The Holiday, Film Score: Separate Vacations

7. The Holiday, Film Score: Anything Can Happen

8. The Holiday, Film Score: Light My Fire

9. The Holiday, Film Score: Definitely Expected

10. The Holiday, Film Score: If I Wanted To Call You

11. The Holiday, Film Score: Roadside Rhapsody

12. The Holiday, Film Score: Busy Guy

13. The Holiday, Film Score: For Nancy

14. The Holiday, Film Score: It's Complicated

15. The Holiday, Film Score: Kiss Goodbye

Title: Verso E Prosa, Song (for The Film The Holiday)

16. Verso E Prosa, Song (for The Film The Holiday): Verso E Prosa

Title: Meu Passado, Song (for The Film The Holiday)

17. Meu Passado, Song (for The Film The Holiday): Meu Passado

Title: The Holiday, Film Score

18. The Holiday, Film Score: Cowch

19. The Holiday, Film Score: III. Musketeers

20. The Holiday, Film Score: Christmas Surprise

21. The Holiday, Film Score: Gumption

22. The Holiday, Film Score: Cry

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Track List: The Lone Ranger (Original Motion Picture Score)

Title: The Lone Ranger, Film Score

1. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: Never Take Off The Mask

2. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: Absurdity

3. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: Silver

4. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: Ride

5. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: You've Looked Better

6. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: Red's Theater Of The Absurd

7. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: The Railroad Waits For No One

8. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: You're Just A Man In A Mask

9. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: For God And For Country

10. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: Finale

11. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: Home

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joniglehart
Wow Hans
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HANS SIMMER YOU ARE RIGHT UP THERE WITH JOHN WILLIAMS! I EVEN LIKE SOME OF YOUR SCORES BETTER!
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Outstanding in his field! Great composer! Each of his pieces become masterpieces ! ! ! Totally in awe of his talent!
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He deserves to be a famous musician
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This man is my favorite composer and is a living genius. He deserves more recognition than he gets. You can't have a movie with out the music.
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Multiple Jacks is HILARIOUS!
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One of the themes in "At World's End" sounds like Last of the Mohicans
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Sorry, that was a bit random....
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I am Captain Jade Turner!
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I meant music, not muscular.
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Hi
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I love Hans Zimmer's work AND John Williams too! Pirates 3 is WAY too confusing tho. Love the muscular tho.... Savvy?
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He is awesome
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What? How does Hans Zimmer remind you you MW2???
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He wrote lion king as well. I wish I could meet him!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! And John Williams too!!!!!!!!! !
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Awesome song
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Brings back the memories of doing quickscope battles on the map rust.
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Do you fear death? 100 years before the mast.
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splatagast
I love this song❗️❗️ARR
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Love the youtube video," I got a jar of dirt" look it up!!!!!!


Its AWESOME!!!!



AND, " why is the rum gone"




LOVE THEM BOTH!!!!!
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Pirates of the Caribbean is the best thing ever!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Batman begins is da best
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Love this song
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I love this music it is soooo awesome!!!
I am Captain Jack Sparrow, savvy!
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Savvy
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lkjmorgan
I can really see the resemblance of Will, Orlando, and Legolas.
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Na na na batman
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Also i know why they couldnt make Inhumans. In the comics Pietro has a daughter Luna who is an inhuman so basically they cant do it without her now that Ultron killed Quicksilver.
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I still cant believe the MCU rebooted him. They have made a lot of mistakes but this one is the worst one
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So weird to think of him in a rock band...
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Lone Ranger !!!!!!
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Hi
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ltrhpfan
He does PoTC very well. LOOVE the Elizabeth and Will theme <33
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Aw, no Prince of Egypt and Interstellar ? ?
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On roblox follow me my name is robloxfox7 cause am at maximum friends so follow me my profile name is xXGalaxyPira t e X x because I wanted that to be my name
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cEnA is BEAST
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ctreves
I will hold a vote but for short, who wants John Cena to star in the next movie?
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Pirates of the Cheeseburger !
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Hank zima rools
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Han Solo is coming back he is a big part of the movie
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MW2 was awesome
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I love STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS
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He spells star wars the right way
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Interstellar please
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Shut up it's awesome ���� dougbradly7 follow me
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I love pirates of the Caribbean I love this song too follow me I have all the movies
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I love Hans music it is so dramatic!!��
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