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Hans Zimmer (Performing Artist)

One of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Hans Zimmer was born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany; after relocating to London as a teen, he later wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates, and in 1980 collaborated with the Buggles on their LP The Age of Plastic and its accompanying hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." A stint with Ultravox followed before Zimmer next surfaced with the Italian avant-garde group Krisma; he then formed a partnership with film composer Stanley Myers, and together they founded the London-based Lillie Yard recording studio. Zimmer and Myers' movie work of the period, which included material for pictures including Moonlighting, Success Is the Best Revenge, Insignificance, and the acclaimed My Beautiful Laundrette, made significant strides in fusing the traditional orchestral aesthetic of film composition with state-of-the-art electronics, and proved highly influential on countless soundtracks to follow.

In 1986 Zimmer joined David Byrne and Ryuichi Sakamoto on their Oscar-winning score to The Last Emperor; his work on the apartheid drama A World Apart was his first major solo credit, and led to his Academy Award-nominated score for 1988's Best Picture-winning smash Rain Man. The following year Zimmer again composed the soundtrack for a Best Picture winner, this time Bruce Beresford's Driving Miss Daisy; a remarkably prolific writer, by the time the '90s dawned his music was a Hollywood staple, with a list of hits including Black Rain, Backdraft, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, and Days of Thunder. Zimmer scored his biggest commercial hit in 1994 with his work on Disney's The Lion King; the film's soundtrack garnered countless awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and two Grammys. Later adapted for the Broadway stage, The Lion King took home the 1998 Tony for Best Musical as well.

In 1995, Zimmer also earned a Grammy for his work on Crimson Tide, which was honored as Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture. Another Academy Award nomination followed for 1996's The Preacher's Wife; that same year, he earned BMI's prestigious Richard Kirk Award for lifetime achievement. Zimmer earned another Oscar nomination for his work on the James L. Brooks comedy As Good as It Gets in 1997, repeating the feat for the third consecutive year in 1998 with his score for the Terrence Malick masterpiece The Thin Red Line. His contributions to The Prince of Egypt also earned a Golden Globe bid earlier that same year.

The 2000s marked an auspicious time in the composer's career, as he continued scoring the biggest A-list films of the season, averaging two or three blockbusters a year, including Hannibal, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, and The Da Vinci Code. In 2007, Silva Screen Records released Film Music of Hans Zimmer, a double-disc set highlighting his achievements as a movie music-maker. Later in 2007, he reworked Alf Clausen's zany Simpsons theme into a traditional symphonic film score on The Simpsons Movie. As the 2000s came to a close and the 2010s began, Zimmer's name remained synonymous with blockbusters as he scored later installments in the Sherlock Holmes, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Batman franchises, including 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. His score to Christopher Nolan's 2010 film Inception was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music and Original Score, and also earned a Saturn from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Music. Devastated by the Aurora, Colorado shootings in 2012, Zimmer composed a choral arrangement of the Dark Knight Rises theme, simply entitled "Aurora," to help raise money for the victims of the tragedy.

In 2014 Zimmer released the score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was issued under the moniker Hans Zimmer & the Magnificent Six and featured contributions from Johnny Marr (the Smiths), Junkie XL, Michael Einziger (Incubus), Andrew Kawczynski, Pharrell Williams, and Steve Mazzaro. Early the next year, he learned he'd been nominated for another Academy Award, this time for his work on Christopher Nolan's sci-fi hit Interstellar. Among other franchise entries, he went on to provide music for 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was co-scored with Junkie XL. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sherlock Holmes: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Title: Sherlock Holmes, Film Score

1. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: Discombobulate

2. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: Is It Poison, Nanny?

3. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: I. Never Woke Up In Handcuffs Before

4. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: My Mind Rebels At Stagnation

5. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: Data, Data, Data

6. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: He's Killed The Dog Again

7. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: Marital Sabotage

8. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: Not In Blood, But In Bond

9. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: Ah, Putrefaction

10. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: Panic, Shear Bloody Panic

11. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: Psychological Recovery... 6 Months

12. Sherlock Holmes, Film Score: Catatonic

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Track List: The Wings Of A Film: The Music Of Hans Zimmer (Live)

1. Now We Are Free (Live)

2. Am I Not Merciful (Live)

3. Driving (Live)

4. Thunderbird (Live)

5. Journey To The Line (Live)

6. Nyah And Ethan (Live)

7. Lea Halalela (Live)

8. Mother Africa (Live)

9. Suite (Live)

10. Main Theme (Live)

11. Main Theme (Live)

12. Busa (Live)

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Track List: Spider Pig (Radio Single)

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I loved this song when I saw the gladiator. I played it for my mom who had dementia. She loved it... As her brained was dying. She still would respond to the music. She passed away in March. I was proud to play it at her funeral. Thank u for the inspiration.
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gcc765
This suuuuuuuuuuu u u u u u u u u u u c k s
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dakota9928
Booooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
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this song reminds me so much of my brother. I believe this was on the soundtrack of one of his favorite movies The Gladiator. How much I miss him. See you in the after life...
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Have no clue what she is saying or what language but it was the most beautiful soundtrack to one of the greatest movies ever made.Maximus is free!!!
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Simpsons referance
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I love his music
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SHERLOCK!!!!
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meganecuda
opera
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bayernsnowma n
I'll see you again but not yet... Not yet...
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Spider pig
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English.
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What language are they singing in?
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Ok I'm impressed
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kaelirain02
Omg what even is this song
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THE SIMSONS MOVIE
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Follow me for great soundtrack music and classic artists
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Spider pig
Spider pig
Does whatever a spider pig does
When he can't spin a web
No because he's a spider pig
-Homer Simpson
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Who r u people awsome
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Congrats
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Hans you are the Man! I have loved his musical scores, especially those in Gladiator. Takes us from the mundane existence of everyday toil and charge our spirits with your music so we my rise above it all. Thank you Hans Zimmer.
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Insane for a workout exercise!
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Look out! He is a spider pig.....
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Eddie
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veggiespykid z
Omg wouldn't a little pig dressed as Spider-Man be ADORABLE!!
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Instead of spider pug it should be spooder pig
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I have heard a number of move scores from Hans Zimmer. All of them great to fantastic. I wish Pandora would play his Rainman' track Leaving Wallbrook/On the Road. Contractual matters??? The Hans Zimmer soundtracks from Christopher Nolan's fantastic Batman Trilogy is among the greatest of soundtracks: Heavy, Dark, No Kid Gloves, Foreboding Tense, etc. And a great subwoofer tester!
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STRANGEST SONG EVER, THAT'S WHY I LOVE IT MORE THAN.......U M M . . . . . . U M M WHATEVER I STILL LOVE THIS SONG
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I love this song
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LOOK OUT
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I Bet The Simpsons Movie Got Busted To Make Funny Ideas
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casolis21
“TEARDROP” –very ashamed to admit that I discovered this track and artist when the show HOUSE was released; even though I had this track all along on a few promo vinyl’s.
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casolis21
Very ashamed to admit that I discovered this track and artist when the show HOUSE was released; even though I had this track all along on a few promo vinyl’s.
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Look out!
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wwjd3166
1 kiss ur hand
2 close ur hand
3say ur crushes name
4 say a school day
5 post this on 15 other songs and YOULL BE WASTING UR TIME!!!!!!!! '
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mbennett0601
1 kiss ur hand
2 close ur hand
3 say ur crushes name
4 say a school day
5 post this on 15 other songs and ur crush will ask u out
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mbennett0601
LOOK OUT
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Read my profile to see if u wanna follow me.thanks
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short and sweet
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need more Last Samurai
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The simsons
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Most excellent!!
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What the hell XD I love this tho
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I don't know, I think Starship Troopers is one of his best. The Fedcom Anthem and the Assault on Klendathu are gorgeous tracks. Very Blood and Thunder.
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Prince of Egypt is Hans Zimmer's best work
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Umm is this real
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SPIDER PIG + SMOSH RADIO = AWESOME
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My bro put up my cat and sang this song( he tourchers my cat I hate it!!!)
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Spider pig!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Follow me
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LOOK OUT he is a spider pig :D
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