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I firstly would like to say a couple of things about me, so that you can hopefully have a better understanding of my comments. I am an aspiring Director in LA, even if this is the worst time since the great depression to be in this industry. I've done a few small projects here and there and though I've grown up with movies my whole life (hence, the profession choice) it wasn't until film school that I started to make a list of all of my favorite film score composers. I began listening to all kinds of soundtracks and it was an interesting journey.
I started out the same way as at least 80% of people out there, saying that "John Williams was the best! Come on, Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones, and who can say that the soundtrack for Jurassic Park wasn't one of the best soundtracks of all time!" John Williams is a brilliant composer and is definitely one of the greatest of all time, but after leaving the shallow end of the "composer pool", I noticed that I was a big fan of Danny Elfman, (Batman, Edward Scissor-hands, Nightmare Before Christmas, etc.) James Horner, (Titanic, Avatar, Aliens, Braveheart,etc.), Jerry Goldsmith (Rudy, Star Trek, Alien, etc.) and many more big names. BUT, I found myself coming back to one composer over and over again.
To sit here and just type in the list of great soundtracks would be pointless, since you can easily find it on IMDb (as well as myself, but not worth your time) or anywhere else on the internet, but I am just going to mention a few. There have been at least a 2-3 dozen soundtracks that have been incredible throughout Mr. Zimmer’s filmography, but it was the "Gladiator" soundtrack that stopped me. That soundtrack became an integral part of the way I thought about the movie making process as a Director. It opened a flood door of trying to collect, listen, and compare as many Hans Zimmer soundtracks as I could. The next phase was with the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks. I found the 3rd movie's soundtrack (At World’s End) as the best and it joined "Gladiator" atop to list. Finally, "The Last Samurai". This soundtrack was innovative and seemed like Mr. Zimmer was “out of his element”, so to speak, but found the challenge of creating music of a different culture new and exciting and it came across very much in the writing.
The reason I have Mr. Zimmer at the very top of my “Favorite Composers of All Time List”, isn’t because he’s mainstream and popular, and it isn’t because he keeps getting teamed with brilliant Directors (even though he is); it IS because I understand that he is unbelievably talented and has a way of making the music he scores come to life. Sure people say that all the time, “the music is supposed to be that way dummy!” It’s more than that with his music. People don’t fully appreciate film scores. You can tell me that you “love it and that it’s amazing” until you’re blue in the face, and I may agree with you; however, until you can comprehend WHY the music FEELS the way it does, EXPRESSES the EMOTION the way it does; and until you can grasp the concept, that someone (namely Mr. Zimmer) has been able to take the same air we breathe, capture it, mold it into tiny notes on a page, then translate these notes with the addition of dynamics, pitch, tone, resonance, and rhythm, into sounds that vibrate that tiny little bone inside your ear, setting off millions of synapses that then influence the chemical make-up of your brain, altering your state of mind and perception until you FEEL your mood start to fall into a trance strikingly similar to the way a cobra dances to the Snake Charmer’s flute. THEN, I’ll know that you understand the abilities, power, and downright magic that Mr. Zimmer possesses.
With all finally being said, I only wish to thank you Mr. Zimmer for the incredible work you do. For the brilliant and masterful way you have influenced how a story is told. Lastly, for the way your music has allowed not only the story, but life itself to enhance the way we perceive the world around us. I can only hope to have the privilege to work with you one day. Thank you.
I felt so compelled to look this site up to write some sort of feedback. The music for Inception (particularly 'Time' ) is the most beautiful music I have ever listened to. I am practically speechless as to describe the beauty in this music, it cannot be compared.
You, Mr. Hans Zimmer, are the soul of these motion pictures, especially the dark knight and inception. You are a modern day genius, an inspiration, a beautiful mind. I just hope your at peace and not afflicted like so many great creative souls from mankinds history. Thank you for sharing your gifts.
You, Mr. Hans Zimmerman, are the soul of these motion pictures, especially the dark knight and inception. You are a modern day genius, an inspiration, a beautiful mind. I just hope your at peace and not afflicted like do many great creative souls from mankinds history. Thank you for sharing your gifts.
I'm sure you've heard enough people tell you what an amazing job you've done composing music that is both uplifting and inspiring. I just wanted to say as a young filmmaker, your music from Dark Knight and Inception has inspired me to write both screenplay and music.
There is something in your music that expresses some of the deepest of human emotion and every time I listen to it, it touches my soul. I think "Old Souls" from Inception is your best piece yet followed closely by "Lasiurus" from Batman Begins.
My hope is that one day, when I'm in Hollywood, I will get to work with you. Setting your music to one of my films would be an honor, sir.
I know you're a very busy guy, but I would love to send you a copy of my screenplay for my short film. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if I don't hear back from you, please continue to bring inspiration to the world with your music.
Hans, I'm using a translator to write, please excuse if there are grammatical errors. I have 15 years and when I saw the film Spirit was fascinated with your music. I started searching all your discography, and further, that film (with music) made me feel new things: love of horses (now I practice riding), passion for music (I play the piano) and a taste for film music. Frankly, I consider you a genius, and thank you for what you do, because otherwise I would have loved your music would never be doing so many things that I'm happy. I want you know, sure I'm not the only person that improve lives, and wanted you to know, because as an artist, you might like to see than people changed with your work. I send a big welcome, and sincerely I would contact you by e-mail, but I know that is impossible with the artists. I hope you keep writing more, delighting your audience. Mailén.
Hello Hans, my name is Annabelle Morison, but you can just call me Annabelle. I am a blind young woman who is a sound designer, Audio Engineer, Producer, Singer, and Songwriter, and I love to make virtual instruments and sample libraries of all kinds. I'm especially into guitars, and I want to send you an Email with a question I have for you. Please feel free to Email me at any time, as I check my Emails several times each day. Thank you so much, Annabelle email@example.com
ich hoffe dieser Eintrag erreicht Sie. Als erstes vielen Dank für Ihre Music sie berührt und hat sehr viel Klasse nur weiter so, wir sind Stolz auf Sie. Als zweites bringe ich den Wunsch vieler Soldaten der Bundeswehr zum Ausdruck. Ein eigenes Lied für die gefallenen Kameraden in Afgahnistan zu Komponieren. Ich kann mir vorstellen das es bei Ihnen unmöglich ist zweck Ihrer Termine. Jedoch will ich es nicht unversucht lassen. Mit Kameradschaftlichen Grüßen Stabsunteroffizier ND
I am a graduate student studying Music Technology with an emphasis in Electronic Composition. I want to become a composer for films and video games. I have been a huge fan of your music ever since The Lion King, when I was growing old enough to appreciate film music =) You are incredibly talented! Your music makes each film so much more powerful. It would be an honor to have a chance to intern or work with you. I am also interested in any general advice you have about getting started in the music business. I would be more than happy to send you a résumé and/or some samples of my music. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I know you are extremely busy, but I would be ecstatic to hear from you!
Mr. Zimmer, I promised my sister named Jessica Jimenez I wouldn't but she is a fourteen year old girl who is striving to be more like you. She is constanally trying to go to one of your concerts, but fails to do so. At the moment she is learning to play the guitar, and has picked up the flute, piano and is very good at making her own notes. I want to say thank you very much because without you as her rolemodel she'd be lost. Her words to me are that one day she'll meet and train with you...the best! Thank you and have a wonderful day! :) Becca
I would like to know if concerts featuring Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack music has or will be scheduled. My son and I enjoy the music very much and would love to go to a live concert featuring POTC. Thanks in advance! Cheers!
Hans Please come to Manchester UK or somewhere in the UK soon, I have a lady who loves you're music and would do anything to see you live. Anyway I really want to impress her and this is the way to do it. Or if you cant be bothered send me over a signed CD and we will make do. Thanks hans they should call you super-hans Lloydy
Hello, first of all sorry my english, i´m portuguese and if you now someone portuguese it´s more better to understand my e-mail. My father Fernando Girão is a musician fabolous, he has many cd, and a talent "unique", he play´s underful song´s and write even better the lyric´s. He also plays with Ruben Dantas, (percussionist who plays many years with PACO DE LUCA), Flora Porin, Luis Avelar, Ao longo da sua carreira profissional, trabalhou com grandes nomes da música internacional, como John Beasley, Airto Moreira e Flora Purim, Alphonso Johnson, Alex Acuña, Harvey Mason, John B. Williams, Abe Laboriel, John Patittucci, Joey Heredia, Luís Conte, Ernie Watts, Rick Pantoja, Ricardo Silveira, Luís Avellar, Justo Almario, Walfredo Reyes, Dany Reyes, Ephrain Toro, Lou Pardini e Cássio Vargas.
Dr Mr.Zimmer I watched the movie Madagascar 2 yesterday and noticed that there were a lot of instrumental songs not on the soundtrack? Are these non commercial songs or what? are they on a different soundtrack?
Sir, I'm Brazilian and I wanted to tell you that I've never admired an artist so much. I've loved movies since I was born and your scores are truely the essence of most remarkable and unforgettable scenes. You own a real gift. When I close my eyes and listen to your work I feel all emotions one could feel. I have recorded many of them and they give me stregth to wake up every day. They've helped me through tough times. Thank you for presenting humanity with your music implented with spirituality. If you ever come to Brazil, you will feel the warmth the Brazilian people have for you. And if you feel like meeting the alligators from Pantanal, they are like my neighbors. !! Have a nice day. email@example.com
Mr. Zimmer, Just wanted to tell you that you are an extremely talented guy. The movies I've seen that you have done the score for are amazing. They help push the movie from something good/ok/great into something fantastic. The music complements the mood and setting and pretty much whatever is going on in the movie so well. I am a particular fan of the action movies you have done like Broken Arrow, The Rock, Dark Knight, the Gladiator score was absolutely beautiful. Big fan, keep doing what you are doing.
Dear Mr. Zimmer, My name is Diego Aldonza Crespo and I am a percussionist from Spain, really passionate about your music, specially one of your later releases "Batman - The Dark Knight". I have always wished to play soundtracks music, because I think it's the next natural step of classical music, and it talks about modern life. I finished my Bachelor studies in Zaragoza (Spain), and I have a percussion duo with wich I have performed a lot of concerts including Bach music, tango pieces, Zivkovic duos... but it was always too tipical. So listening to your music I had a great idea that would allow me to achieve one of my dreams!! And it is to make some arrangements of your music for duo and electronics, including Midi sounds and tape. I'm writting because I would like to know what you think about it and because counting with your support would be great. I know it sounds very crazy and probably you will never read this, but I hope you understand that I had to try!! If you want I can send you my resume so you can see that I'm serious about music. My e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr. Zimmer, My name is Diego Aldonza Crespo and I am a percussionist from Spain, really passionate about your music, specially one of your later releases "Batman - The Dark Knight". I have always wished to play soundtracks music, because I think it's the next natural step of classical music, and it talks about modern life. I finished my Bachelor studies in Zaragoza (Spain), and I have a percussion duo with wich I have performed a lot of concerts including Bach music, tango pieces, Zivkovic duos... but it was always too tipical. So listening to your music I had a great idea that would allow me to achieve one of my dreams!! And it is to make some arrangements of your music for duo and electronics, including Midi sounds and tape. I'm writting because I would like to know what you think about it and because counting with your support would be great. I know it sounds very crazy and probably you will never read this, but I hope you understand that I had to try!! If you want I can send you my resume so you can see that I'm serious about music.