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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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Track List: Aurora (Single)

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His pirate movies were good but not the music
susanmadruga 1
Epic music!!!!!!! a l w a y s one of my to pics for music!!��
Waiting for interstellar soundtrack to make its appearance! Hans u have my soul with ur music!
Zimmer is my music when I work out, when I study, when I drive. The emotional effect it creates is unmatchable. Thank you Hans!
Eacd. Just. Stop.
eacd
Jack:"AHHHHH H H H H H H H ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! "
Blackbeard: "Is that it?"
Jack: "Think so"
eacd
Jack:"Did anyone see that's, because I will not be doing that again"
eacd
Boring ton: "You are indeed the worst pirate I have ever heard of"
Jack: "But you have heard of me"
eacd
Commander: "You are Jack Sparrow"
Jack: "There should be a Captain in their somewhere"
eacd
'The King and his men, stole the queen from her bed, and bound her in her boat'
eacd
Four of you have tried to kill me in the past, one of you have succeeded.
eacd
Why is the Rum, always gone?
F**k to be you and your a a** hole
This track is very similar to Arkham Origins! Awesome!
km914
Who is the Guitarist on this version?
This guy is absolutely amazing!
Lol, I saw Pirates of the Carribean today XD great music!
Such an eerie, emotional track. Another perfect song. How does he do it?
@johndavid.r i n e h a r t same! homework's much more exciting when this plays :)
I always listen to your music when I study, it makes my homework a life or death situation! And the music's great.
Hans, you have an amazing style!
You are a great composer, love the music, it is well played and I have yet to here one note even a tad off, you are amazing at music and should release some more soundtrcks
You Inspire Me To Keep My Dream of Being a Composer!!! Thanks for All That Beautiful Music that Comes From Your Heart!!!!!! I Wish One Day, Just Like You I Could Show The World The Music From My Heart and Bring Happiness Trough Out It
I love his music! So good!
My kind of music B-)
This freaked me out Thus isn't fake. Apparently, if you don't copy and paste this in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will ether get kissed or asked out, I you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I am sorry
TJ: you're music rocks family really enjoys you may god be with you
Will: will you marry me.
Elizabeth: I don't think now's the best time.
preston.gust i n e
I don't like Star wars any more I like Hermione Gander
Becket: My God there's nothing left.
A flash if green.
Care to interpret Captain Barbossa?
santafesadie
He is amazingly incredible !!!!
mgutke4
Do not read
preston.gust i n e
He even plays Harry Potter !§ ps my cat Teto love's it.
Awsome I love his work
Best. Composer. Ever.
You are my all time fav composer I could listen to your music all day me and my band nerd friends all agree thank you for this great music keep it up mr zimmer
epic music!
preston.gust i n e
About Mine craft
preston.gust i n e
A mine craft guy who made YouTube videos
preston.gust i n e
Do anyone like Stampy long noise
Best move ever!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
preston.gust i n e
I used to until dad showed me the movies.
Amazing music!!!!!! Time from Inception is my absolute favorite. All of the strings sound perfect :). And how it slowly builds up and then goes back down to the piano. Genius!
12tommieboy
John Williams!s is way better and who hates Star Wars that's just not a person

preston.gust i n e
Heidi_gustin e 5 is now Preston.gust i n e
preston.gust i n e
Wwjd3166 my real name is Natalie , age 9. When I was 7 mother got me this Kindle fire and choose the name ¥~£
Batman approves
I love Hans he rote the music in Spirit the stallion of the someron
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