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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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trisha_neele y
ASOME man
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What is the song that joker Sang to Batman on batman arkham knight called
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If u have pirates 1 or 2 movies check the bonus features Avery
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Their were built some could go on water it wasn't CGI at all they did real ships and real stunts ( even the bone cage scene)
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It was sgi
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I wondered if the Pirate ships were really out on the water or SGI
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Hans Zimmer is such a talented man! His work on the Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception is legendary and by far my favorite! Right up there with John Williams! I love to play TDK trilogy soundtrack while I'm driving. I get some odd looks from other motorists if my windows are open but I don't care, lol!
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I think Hans zimmer is the John Williams of the 21st century
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I have the comic of it
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babyboomjd
Say iPhone 5 times. Say a color post this on five other stations. Look under your pillow
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Out of this vorld
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lizcomerford 1
I understand why people don't like the Interstellar soundtrack from Mr. Z, it isn't his best work. But, to be fair, it does convey the space like element that it needs along with other aspects of wonder and drama.
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ASDFGHJKL!!! I love your music so much!!
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Oh Pirates of the Caribbean was so AWESOME!
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I so love pirates of the carribian I listen to this song as much as possible
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I love Hans Zimmer!!! I love his scores and especially his interstellar scores. Too bad he didn't win an oscar.
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emma.s.y2k
Lol jar of dirt! I haven't seen the whole movie but that part was hilarious:)
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Zimmer's score to Interstellar is outstanding.
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ajrenae
U MADE THE BATMAN TRACKS .....I AM BATMAN
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bridgetfoley 6
He is better then ������������ h i s music!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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♪I got a jar of di-irt, i got a jar of di-irt, and guess whats inside it!♪
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Yessssss hanz zimmer
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LOL
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Follow for awesome soundtrack music!!
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taxbaby41575
You need to play something different Hans Zimmer
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taxbaby41575
How about sleepless in Seattle
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jmfjr8
Love his Sherlock Holmes soundtrack
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@storyteller : different strokes 4 different folks, I guess; my wife pointed out the job he did on Gladiator (with Lisa Gerrard), and we've been hooked ever since. True his music's driving nature can drive you out of your skull by the 10th time you listen on your car stereo, but he's not writing for your later enjoyment as 1st priority, he's driving a point home on screen, and that he does extraordinar i l y well.
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I really like his music but for Stranger Tides I really didn't like they changed it to a guitar focus instead of whole symphony.
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dcweas
This is soooooo terrible it is just repeating the same notes he needs to take this of his soundtrack
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a_storytelle r
This composer stinks. Most of his scores are orchestrated by an army of actually talented composers who eventually go out on their own. You can tell he has no formal training because his sound is unemotional and overly synthetic, unbalanced, and unmemorable. Even his decent scores sound noisy and obnoxious. Zimmer fanboys need to get to know some more talented composers such as James Newton Howard, Michael Giacchino, or pretty much any other film composer in the world.
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taxbaby41575
Just different songs
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taxbaby41575
Need to play different songs other that what you guys have been playing like ghost busters song or E.T
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preston.gust i n e
Hi again don't day daaaaaaa
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Love
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One of the best. My personal favorite. Amazing he had no formal music training!!
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aejudd09
@larseb1998: That's my favorite part! "I've got a jar of DI-IRT! I've got a jar of DI-IRT!"
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Good music
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joanna.mcguf f e y
So cool love his pieces
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larseb1998
Does anyone else remember "I've got jar of dirt! Guess what's in it!"?
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Interstellar soundtrack!! ! ! ! ! !
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bridgetfoley 6
Is he good?
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Heyy
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Interstellar . ��
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How many pirates of the Caribbean movies are there?!
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By far my favorite composer... working on some pieces by him and John Murphy, on the Piano.
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Love pirates of the carribean soundtrack and theme.
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leslieiiams2 0 2 0
Purdy:)
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Yes. Arising !
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