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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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dpreciado977 9
So amazing!
Go pirates demigod wizards and crazy freaks like ME
taylorbui5
Really u should ambrattain4 it awesome whoever no see it sucks
Never seen Pirates of the Caribbean
Lol


lscahill63
Hans Zimmer is great, but John Williams is better.
sarahtookie
You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However I you do not post this you will die in 2 days:( now that you've started reading don't stop. Put this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press F6 and your lover's name will come on your screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works.
I played a Pirates of the Carribean medley for school and it came out amazing!!!!! !
WHERE EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!-
PoTC is my walking down the hall jam.
Hahahaha! Nice!
This is me when I walk in slow mo down the halls of school
I love batman !!!!!!
He is the second best film score composer in modern day. John Williams is first!
Hans Zimmer is my Favorite movie music composer! He is AWESOME!
I have only one word to describe him and that word is.......... . . . . . . A w e s o m e :)
AWESOME!!!!
shaneandkim
You can't go wrong with Hans Zimmer!
prislia.surj
Luv this song.
This song is so Epic!!! :)
Hans Zimmer is in my top 5 favorite composers.
lhbweeramuni
On the Charles river
Where is MOS?
BECAUSE ITS BATMAN
Movie goers enjoy the music just listen
The hobbit is coming soon!
I luv this music
dacius6379
Amazing compilation and transition between the three movies. Hans is a master of scores. Gladiator is my favorite so far.
This sound like a remix of pirates of the carribean! Oh wait... It is.
That kid with leukemia today in SF <3
Got to be Batman for a day.
mwahaha20
ADOOOOOOOOOO O O O O ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
radioactiveb i r d 2 4
This is in the scene when robin is talking to the boy in the school for orphans. It's in the last movie. Love you batman!!!
@onedirectio n e r no that was James Horner......
What scene is this in?
What scene is this in?
Did you know he made the soundtrack of titanic
Did you know Hans Zimmer composed the soundtrack to the popular videogame Beyond: Two Souls?
celeboo22
Love his work! It's epic and AWESOME!!
carmoniverso n
I absolutely adore his work on PTC. I sing and dance to every song even though I really suck at it... :P
carmoniverso n
Actually, Hans Zimmer didn't have a huge musical education at all. He said himself that the most piano lessons he ever took were about two weeks worth. :)
I love this composer. He needed to have some serious musical education if he used this music to create a phenomenon.
Batman... If he could save my day right now...
My favorite characters are:
Elizabeth Swann
Jack Sparrow
Captain Barbossa
I love all the music in all the movies.
In order:
Curse of the black pearl
Dead mans chest
At worlds end
Strangers tide
andre.zakkou r
He's SO COOL!!!!!���
Please read my profile, follow me if you want to. I want my profile to be heard and told. Everything in the bio is all true and legit.
Makes me want to put the suit on again to the bat cave!!
Dark knight rises best movie evvvvvvveeee e e r r r r r
Becuz he's Hanz Zimmer. LOL Awesome album! I highly recommend it!
Becuz he's Hanz Zimmer. LOL Awesome album! I highly recommend it!
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