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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

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

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

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)
Title: King Arthur, Film Score

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

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Track List: Aurora (Single)

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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

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

11. The Lone Ranger, Film Score: Home

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John Powell is way better.
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I ❤️ the pirates of the carabiean sound track. I love it. Follow fr a follow.









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Star Wars yay woo the force awakens I'm spoiling this Luke is Rey's father
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I love the soundtrack for all of the new Batman movies, but the soundtrack from The Dark Knight Rises is my ultimate favorite! He got the music for Bane absolutely spot on! Deshay Basara actually means to "rise up", not simply "rise" as the prison's clinician said. It's a form of the ancient Persian language they use, and Mr Zimmer actually asked people to submit themselves saying Deshay, Deshay Basara and they used that track as the chant in the soundtrack. A bit of info you may or may not have
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Hans Zimmer and John Williams probably the 2 best at what they do
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I love spider man
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I love this Music
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The one the only
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You are the BEST mood and inspirationa l builder yet to be beat by your musical creativity the universe has ever heard. Zimmer. You changed my world through my eyes and in your music. Hats off to you Man.
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Kraken!!!
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John Williams is 82 and he will win the spam wars by dec 18
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Amazing music
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Tqvvy John Williams I has died.
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Hay tqvvy do want to follow me?
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Evebody say all hail princess Angelina all hail princess Angelina.
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Sorry I was in vacation, can you repost those comments here or on John Williams comments and I will respond to them.
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Carrfamily85 can you follow me.
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The bacon nator2019 can you follow me.
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Tqvvy can you follow me.
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Patamyrandle s can you follow me?
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The music Battle for music makers and singers.
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i thought he the music for batman ?
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What's this 'tqvvy' thing you guys are talking about?
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Huh? Whatever. This dude composes top notch soundtracks!
Love him for life y'all!
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Carrfamily85 do you want to help me and tqvvy with the music Battle?
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There are 10000 people in the music Battle.
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My toy ponies are talking to you tqvvy.
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Hi tqvvy it's princess twilight sparkle and rainbow dash we pick people for the music Battle.
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Hanz, hands down. His music is so calming, then *wham!* you get an adrenaline surge. I love Han's work!!
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John Williams has a wider range of songs, he does some classical songs too
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But my favorite is John Williams
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One of my favorite modern composers
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That's good tqvvy a good amount.
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I ment 10000
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There are three here piano guys, John Williams, and Hans Zimmer. Who ever gets the most likes by the new Star Wars movie is the winner for best liked conductor of 2015. Also can you help by getting the word out by posting comments saying about this contest and if anyone wants to join the contest, tell them to talk to me from John Williams comments. Post the news on popular artist comments with over 1000 likes (example the piano guys). Thank you and "May the force be with you."
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Tqvvy there are four now because Hans zimmer joined.
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Tqvvy I pick Hans zimmer.
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Tqvvy can we do Hans zimmer fans vs john Williams fans and Hans zimmer wins even gets all the prizes can we do that please?
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Yeah let it go
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That's right tqvvy.
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Yep tqvvy.
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And this music battle us only for music makers that have more than 3500 likes to them. Tell me If you have a composer that you chose to Join. I will reply to your request if he can Join. There are only five places to join, there are three in the battle right now so act fast.
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