Have written about my need of music before – and it’s often that I pick up my music from the big screens and my favourite of all the soundtracks creators and composers are – “Hans Zimmer”, nobody can do beautiful, romantic, dramatic, tradgic and powerful music like him.
The track that has been the “sound cloud” over my blog for a while now – is a Hans Zimmer piece, it’s from The Last Samurai – A Small Measure Of Peace. I’m using “SoundCloud” to add a music cloud over my blog. Hope it’s not too irritating, tough in that case, you have to live it. It’s here to stay. *smile
Hans Zimmer, born 12.09.57 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Zimmer began his career playing keyboards and synthesizers. He worked with The Buggles, a New Wave band formed in 1977 with Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, and Bruce Woolley. Zimmer can be seen briefly in The Buggles’ music video for the 1979 song “Video Killed the Radio Star”. Hans has also worked and lived in UK.
“One of Zimmer’s most durable works from his time in the United Kingdom is the theme song for the television game show “Going for Gold”, which he composed with Sandy McClelland in 1987. In an interview with the BBC, Zimmer said: “Going For Gold was a lot of fun. It’s the sort of stuff you do when you don’t have a career yet. God, I just felt so lucky because this thing paid my rent for the longest time” – text; en.wikipedia.org.
Hans lives today in Los Angles with his wife, Suzanne, and their 4 children.
He has got a shelve full of Oscars for his movie scores; The Lion King (1994), Crimson Tide(1995), Gladiator (2000), The Last Samurai (2003), The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception(2010). His career started to shoot of after his score to “Rain Man” in 1988. He has also behind scores to animated movies as Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Prince of Egypt, Shark Tale, Muppets Treasure Island, The Simpson’s Movie, Lion King and Rango – also done music for TV-series and documentaries. Hans has provided music to games. First time I notice his music was in one of my all time favourite movies, Black Rain (1989) , staring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia. Two NYC cops ending up in Japan chasing a Japanese gangster. I dare to call it the first ever action movie.
Then when it was time again for him to do another soundtrack with Japanese infused music – The Last Samurai (2003) – starring Tom Cruise and that sound track is so powerful and beautiful. Here he really catches the Japanese traditional music and gentle mixed in with a big symphony orchestra greatness. Hans felt his knowledge about Japanese music was very limited – so he began doing extensive research, but the more he studied the less he felt he knew. So he took what he had written and sent to Japan for feedback. He was shocked when he was asked how he know so much about Japanese’s music.
Hans often use drums in his music and that make the music so powerful – Backdraft (1991)- starring Kurt Russell, William Baldwin and Robert De Niro as firemen, is one of the best prof on how he make “drum magic” together with bag pipes.
Here is a list of some of his credit – and is’t impressive
Rain Man (1988),Twister (1989), Black Rain (1988), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Birds on a Wire (1990), Days of Thunder (1990), Pacific Heights (1990), Green Card (1990), Backdraft (1991), Thelma & Louise (1991), Regarding Henry (1991), True Romance (1993), Renaissance Man (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), Nine Months (1995), Broken Arrows (1996), The Rock (1996), The Preachers Wife (1996), The Peacemaker (1997), As God As it Gets (1997), The Red Thin Line (1998), Gladiator (2000), The Pledge (2001), Hannibal (2001), Pearl Harbor (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), Tears of Sun (2003), Matchstick Men (2003), The Last Samurai (2003), Something’s Gotta Give (2003), King Arthur (2004), Thunderbirds (2004), Batman Begins (2005), The Weather Man (2005), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean; Dead Man’s Chest (2006), The Holiday (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Batman: The Dark Knight (2007), The Burning Plan (2008) Frost/Nixson (2008), Angles & Demons (2009), It’s Complicated (2009), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Inception (2010), The Dilemma (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and the last but not least The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Now I haven’t listed the less known. So he must be laughing on his way to the bank today.
If you like good movies and wonderful music, Hans combines them both in most fantastic way. Personal I have a shelve full with CD’s – Hans soundtracks only and I know I will buy more and if needed so I will give him another shelve – Hans, just bring on the music!!!!!!
One of Hans personal favorite and recommended movie scores are: “Bourne Vivaldi” with The Piano Guys, based on Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto - for the soundtrack to “Bourne”. Not his own work. This is also my choice of “cloud of sound” for my blog from today.
If there is any classical Maestro’s of today – Hans is without any doubt one of them.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
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