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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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heidi_gustin e 5
Kevin kotter your an awesome jerk idiot
Follow me I follow back :)
heidi_gustin e 5
Kevin Kotter a
heidi_gustin e 5
Kevin Kotter Wwjd3166 is not an idiot Wwjd3166 is just annoying, Wwjd3166 is an amazing awesome and interesting Kevin Kotter your the idiot
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I can't wait till the amazing spiderman 2 comes out on DVD!! i'm so very excited! Does harry osborn die in the movie? His my FAV person in the movie
Whoops upon further research than the research I did earlier it appears Hans has done no work in the soundtrack of Arkham City.
And the soundtrack for the Dark Knight trilogy. Along with some remarkable work outside the Batman franchise
He wrote the Arkham City soundtrack. That's all I need to say INCREDIBLE
Wwjd3166 is an idiot
I am awesome
Love his work in Pirates of the Caribbean. His music is awesome!
Change your name from wwjd to something cooler dickhole
wwjd3166
What song?
emily20558
I love this song sooo much!
Hans Zimmer's music rocks!!! I love the dark knight trilogy!!! :)
I feel like John Williams does whimsical fantasy really well, but no one beats Zimmer in action music!
heidi_gustin e 5
What song
heidi_gustin e 5
Just too ggggggggoooo o o o o o o o o o o o o d d d d d d d d
heidi_gustin e 5
Understand first I thought star wars was a character
THIS SONG IS CREEPY AT THE BIGENNENG then the middle is action musuc
wwjd3166
WHY IS EEEEEVEEEEEE R R R R Y Y Y
BODY TALKING ABOUT STARWARS?!
I hate starwars sorry if this sounds offensive
hans zimmer is my hero!!!!! i'm a tuba player in my sophmore year (only girl not that special nowadays) and everytime i listen to hans's music i get happier knowing the fact i could work for him (or someone like him) in my future. lone ranger is one of my favorite music by him to be honest but the rest is all incredible as well!1 c:
wwjd3166
heidi_gustin e 5 , I agree John did not do it all!!:)
heidi_gustin e 5
The star wars=cello wars=NNNNNNN N N N O O O O O O O O O O NNNNNNNNNNOO O O O O O O O O
I have no more........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T h a t ' s it for today so by - by
heidi_gustin e 5
¿ Sword=lights a b e r = battle= freedom=happ y
heidi_gustin e 5
Star Wars=cello wars
heidi_gustin e 5
What about Star Wars?
I like pirates of the carribean best
heidi_gustin e 5
Wwjd3166 John Williams didn't do it at all. ?And is any one with me?

Natalie G
wwjd3166
JOHN WILLIAMS DID STARWARS!!
HANS ZIMMER IS WAAAAAAAAAY
BETTER THAN JOHN!!!!!;)
heidi_gustin e 5
Does he have a son and what religion do you believe??
heidi_gustin e 5
Say exact if he does PLEASE please please please please please please
heidi_gustin e 5
Hans Zimmer rools
heidi_gustin e 5
Hans Zimmer rools
heidi_gustin e 5
On good l meant gooft
heidi_gustin e 5
Sorry but last note l good .So Anakin gets destroyed by Obey Wan and becomes Darth Vader
heidi_gustin e 5
Dear Misslorijoy,
Father Anakin or Vader son Luke Skywalker sister Leia
Answer me back Misslorijoy and you WWJD3166
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misslorijoy
Heidi_gustin e 5 : Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader r the same ppl so how can they battle each other
Surprised not to see his songs from the movie Spirit... Those are my favorites
heidi_gustin e 5
Did you know on YouTube their is a episode of Darth Vader in love with a pink vader. What I've seen it. Also watch Cello Wars. Pretty please with your favorite type of ice cream and a cheery on top.

Cello Wars Darth Vader vs Anakin Skywalker vs Luke Skywalker vs Zombies vs every thing else even you you you you you you you you
In 2 years ��
I can't wait for the next pirates
heidi_gustin e 5
Excuse you wwjd3166 it's star wars music
Natalie G
wwjd3166
Wut does Star Wars hav to do with anything
heidi_gustin e 5
Tooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o good to be true dudes
heidi_gustin e 5
You are very creative, awesome, and some days I can't sleep without you music. My favorite star wars guys are Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader
Natalie G
wwjd3166
Yippee! What?
catmagic9014 3 3 5
Yippee
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