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HI Hans and gang,<br><br>You are exactly the kind of hero I like - an unsung hero !<br><br>Your music is brilliant. Gladiator, Last Samurai, and my all time favourite Black Rain. The closing theme is just unforgettable, where did you get the inspiration ?Complete score?Well personally I think there's some middle ground in all that's being said... Hans isn't totally honest with this sentence. But his scores are not the "I drop you a piano theme and do the scores for me" either.Hans: "I mean, *on all of these scores* I have at one time or another played every single note. But unfortunately the story of me just sitting there by myself and writing is far less exciting and scandalous than the idea of assistants and ghostwriters."<br><br>Hence my earlier comment...Hans has most of the time written at least the basic versions of all the cues we're hearing, and his buddies, while working substantially, aren't "writing the whole score." Zimmer scores *are* Zimmer scores, even if they're not completely and totally Zimmer to the exclusion of anyone else's ideas.People who complain about additional composers, look at other composers most of the time we don't even know at least one of theirs. They don't even give credits. For Hans' scores the names are always there. You just have to open your eyes and look. <br><br>And people who say that "Hans can't write real complex Orchestral Scores", well you really are not familiar with his work. One doesn't simply become one of the most famous composers in the world just by writing "simple" stuff.
vced, I see your point, but it raised another question in my mind: if Lorne Balfe really composed (almost) the whole of Madagascar 3 or Kung Fu Panda 2... then why are they both so much more enjoyable than Home or Penguins? I think this is an evidence than Zimmer's role is a lot more important than some people would believe.I never blamed Hans when I thought credit wasn't due. Why would he put Lorne as a "producer" on the screen if he wanted to hide him. He never attempted to take credit for Pirates 1, while Monty Norman and John Barry sued themselves over decades, lol.<br><br>I guess the reason why some fans are upset is that they fall in love with the music and then once they already got attached to thought of: " This Hans Zimmer is brilliant!", they find out that not everything is Hans Zimmer. Something is Jim Dooley, or Geoff Zanelli, or Lorne Balfe. <br><br>I guess it's just badly communicated with the fans and for lack of information they start to make up conspiracy theories like how Hans tries to take world domination.<br>I mean, it really got better. <br>Since anyone barely buys a CD today no one can open a booklet and see who else worked on the score. For chappie he put Steve and Andrew on the front cover.<br>Great move if only 2 people helped him out, but how about 7 people? Guess that would look a bit crowded then. :P (And recently they added credits for some scores on spotify.)<br>I think he could reach most people through facebook if he sometimes posts stuff like:"Hey, check out some music by Lorne Balfe, he worked with me on TDKR."<br><br>Sorry for the wall of text but I wanted to write this for a long time. :)<br><br>BAM. The man has spoken.Hans was interviewed by his daughter recently...<br><br>Zoe : "Does it piss you off when people question the way the studio works? In terms of having people write for you—you know, when it’s made out to be Hans Zimmer’s Musical Sweatshop?"<br><br>Hans : "Well,they can’t have it both ways. Because on the one hand I get knocked for “sounding the same,” which of course doesn’t actually make any sense—look at the films I did with Ridley [Scott], and that’s just one filmmaker: Thelma & Louise doesn’t sound anything like Gladiator, which doesn’t sound anything like Black Hawk Down, which doesn’t sound anything like Hannibal, which doesn’t sound anything like Black Rain, which doesn’t sound anything like Matchstick Men…"<br><br>Zoe : "I really liked Matchstick Men."<br><br>Hans : "So did I, but I think we were the only ones. So anyway, on the one hand there’s obviously a very strong imprint in the architecture of the studio, and on the other hand… I mean, you already know all of this. I write these pieces and they’re very complete, everything’s done on them—the orchestration, everything. But like everybody, I need assistants. I’m the architect, but I need a couple of bricklayers, y’know? Do you think Michelangelo painted every square inch of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Probably not—it would have killed him if he had to do it all by himself!"<br><br>Zoe : "Fair enough. So do you think people who make those assumptions are just uninformed about the system? Because assisting and writing additional music is basically how you get your foot in the door, right?"<br><br>Hans : "Well, yes and no. It didn’t really used to be like that. When I got to Hollywood it was slightly different. The studios had orchestrators and arrangers on staff, and they never really got credit for anything. They were just “Backroom Boys.” So now I really do fight for credits for people, even really small credits. It’s important to me that people get to participate, and that they get credit and that they are visible, so I really do fight fort hem. They might not be the architects, but it’s still their time that they give me, that they give to these projects."<br><br>Zoe : "Interstellar was all you though, wasn’t it?"<br><br>Hans : "All me. Interstellar nobody got to write a single note on other than me. And although a lot of musicians played on it, one of the things we tried to preserve was the singularity of my touch and my vision, and literally me playing every note. I mean, on all of these scores I have at one time or another played every single note. But unfortunately the story of me just sitting there by myself and writing is far less exciting and scandalous than the idea of assistants and ghostwriters."<br><br>:DNope. It's not there.<br><br>You'll find it in the film, buried in the SFX and dialogue of the scene. It's not cleanly available. Maybe if the recording sessions ever leak out, you'll get it, but until then, no, it's not available.
vced, I used to think just like that, but the fact is, even if another composer (Lorne) has his name on every cue in an HZ score, the fact is we really don't know how much Hans may or may not have done...Very frequently, the material that gets turned into cues will have already been written by Hans in some unreleased suite, or Hans will have done 80-90% of the cue before Lorne (or whoever) finishes it. <br><br>There's more to these scores than meets the eye, and while Hybrid admitted Hans wasn't focused on Madagascar 3 very heavily, it's impossible to jump to the conclusion that he barely writes anything on his scores. We simply don't know, and more often then not, in cases where I've formerly thought, "Oh, Hans had nothing to do with that music," he actually wrote most of it.Prob coz Hans has barely seen the game. Turned up, wrote a one minute rough sketch of chord progressions, so they could get his name on the cover, then they wheeled in Lorne to actually turn it into a piece of real orchestral music.<br><br>I don't care personally, because we know the true story on this site. I admire Hans. He knows he can't write real "complex" orchestral stuff so he gets Lorne and dooley to help him out. Why not get help from your friends? Don't get the obsession some have with people having to work alone. <br><br>But sometimes I wonder how Lorne feels about it. He's clearly a talented and capable orchestral composer and arranger yet gets second billing on all the juicy projects. He basically did the whole of madagascar 3, really popular film, but Hans who wrote 5 minutes of piano sketches, gets all the credit, while he gets stuck with the penguins film no one saw. He does half of Inception, gets second billing, but gets landed with Terminator. From what Hybrid said recently he basically did kung fu panda 2 single handedly, yet again his solo credits are junk like "home". <br><br>I really want him to get a really big film that critics love. He deserves it!Well you know Hans in promo videos... He doesn't force himself much ! haha...How did they get Hans to praise this game to the skies, lol. This looks like any other generic fantasy RPG out there.Classic. Glad to have this too.
I have two question,please answer them<br>Music that play when electro died isnt in album? And where I can find that music?,its veryyy niceee<br>answer pleaseeeee"That worked well in Bourne 3..."<br><br>Yeah, after realizing the full extent of Greengrass' temping in that one, I feel confident we'll hear plenty of Powell music anyways. :PHi Hybrid,<br>Do you know which is the music/track from this Expanded Score played at the end of the movie, when Lecter is in the plane with the boy child ?Yes there will but I guess when the game gets released... But so far it has no release date ! :)Will it be an official release? Like iTunes etc.
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Melanie Meier reply Replies: 0 || 2010-11-20 00:00:00
Please can you tell me something about the adress of Hans Zimmer.
My Boyfriend is the biggest fan of him.He also make his own music and now i wanna have some instructions from Hans Zimmer, how to get the music from my boyfriend into the big world of music...

We love the music of films and we dont want to get a million dollar with our music, but we wanna have a way to go to puplic....

I know, my english isn´t very good, but i do my very best , to understand my text...
greets an thank you very much for help us to go the right way....
greets Mel

Michael reply Replies: 0 || 2010-11-18 00:00:00
This music has helped me a lot.

Pamela reply Replies: 0 || 2010-11-16 00:00:00
Thank you for the "Holiday" soundtrack. I just went through chemotherapy for breast cancer and I was getting ready to have a CT scan so I can start radiation this morning. No worries, they caught it early :-). But getting back to the soundtrack. It is in my top 3 movies so naturally I LOVE the soundtrack. I get panic attacks so the thought of the CT scan was almost paralyzing. But before I went in today I played "Anything Can Happen" and "Definitely Unexpected" on my iPod and felt calm and relaxed and did not have an episode. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me through this. I am positive and inspired because of your music.

Mirek Brabec reply Replies: 0 || 2010-11-12 00:00:00
Hi my name is Mirek from Czech Republic, completely captivated me from the soundtrack of Inception fantastic job, hats off. Thank you

Dane reply Replies: 0 || 2010-11-09 00:00:00
Dear Hans,

If this is your official site - I just wanted to say thank you. For creating such inspiring music, for giving aural life to so many great movies. Not that your music require any visual experience to give them substance. Each and every track you produce is a work of art in its own right. They give me goosebumps, and that is my measure of greatness.

Thanks
Dane

Kevin.vierhout@live.nl reply Replies: 0 || 2010-10-27 00:00:00
I am kevin from holland, (15 years) ans i was wondering of you are macking music for Cod black Ops

I Hope So !!!!!!!

Graham Baartmans reply Replies: 0 || 2010-10-13 00:00:00
Sir, you have a wonderful gift of composing music and whenever I hear any of your pieces it amazes me how good you are. In this age of new pop and hip hop it's amazing to see that one man has decided to show us what real music is.

Atul I Makvana reply Replies: 0 || 2010-10-12 00:00:00
I am from INDIA. Please give us tips how u create such tunes ?

Atul I Makvana reply Replies: 0 || 2010-10-12 00:00:00
Wonderful Nusic of INCEPTION. Very Nice. I have no words to say about your greatest creation. I hope the same performance in future.
Thank you very much

Sarah reply Replies: 0 || 2010-10-08 00:00:00
Hans Zimmer, you have the most AMAZING music! Keep composing please :)
Inception was one of my favorites so far. You are seriously my idol thank you!

Charly reply Replies: 0 || 2010-10-06 00:00:00
I'm a fan of Hans Zimmer and his music. I don't know if you guys have real contact with him, but if you do please let him know this. In Chile, my country, there is a television serie called "Primera dama"... it sucks. It aired on "canal 13" (channel 13) around 8 pm, the story is crap but what I hate most is that they use Zimmer's music on the show, like from "modern warfare 2", "the dark knight" and others. I'm pretty sure they don't pay for copyrights.
Congrats on the webpage, it's very good.
Gretting from Chile.

Jose Estrada CHIPI reply Replies: 0 || 2010-10-05 00:00:00
HI!!!! I´m from Guatemala, not much industry.. well almost NO film industry here, but I love your work!!! specially pirates of the caribbean.. it totally helped me to decide on being a film composer! i'm now studying music so i can apply to berklee or something like that. Its going to be hard to me cause i would love to work for a major studio some day! it is my goal in life!!! Your music is such an inspiration to go on! really. I also think you should have won the oscar for Sherlock Holmes....

Kevin reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-30 00:00:00
hello mister zimmer i am a 15 year old boy from holland and i am a big fan of youre music, i wanna know if i can use youre MW2 intro on youtube.

Greetings Kevin

Petre Sorin Marian reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-27 00:00:00
Hello,

I am a huge fan of Mr. Hans Zimer's work, and i would like to talk to him personaly for a business proposal.

Could you help me?

Best regards,

Sorin Petre

Benjámin Terdik reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-21 00:00:00
Dear Hans, and the whole team!

I would like to give all of you a really big R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
I had know at the Batman Begins that you are some kinda masterpiece-generator machine, but at the TDK and now, the Inception OST…

I have to say: you made my life better with your amazing, fascinating, dark, cold, strong, genius, new and (in some part, like the Joker themes) experimental music. That is the real music. Really, thank you. Oh, and of course, you made all of the movies better. When in the TDK, at the „Then you’re gonna love me” scene… Man, that’s incredible!

I really don’t know what to say, you gave me some much emmotions. I know The Dark Knight soundtrack like my own hand. Thank you.

All of you.

Respect. You are really artists.

Benjámin Terdik, from Hungary

Jared reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-21 00:00:00
Hi Mr. Zimmer,
I stayed up until 2 last night listening to some of your soundtracks. They all are amazing, but the Last Samurai songs are my favorite. Thanks for making the world a more beautiful place.
Jared

James Henline reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-20 00:00:00
Hans,

Just wanted to thank you for your music and best of luck in the future. Thank you again.

Marque Williams reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-18 00:00:00
Hans Zimmer, hows it going. My name is Marque, upcoming actor/screenwriter. Thelma and Louise, best soundtrack ever. I'm writing a script something like that and when its done, I would like a theme song like "Thunderbird". Themes can make the movie and the actors, it was the theme that "made Brad Pitt" he owes you big time.zachdaemon@live.com

Marque Williams reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-17 00:00:00
Hans Zimmer, hows it going. My name is Marque, upcoming actor/screenwriter. Thelma and Louise, best soundtrack ever. I'm writing a script something like that and when its done, I would like a theme song like "Thunderbird". Themes can make the movie and the actors, it was the theme that "made Brad Pitt" he owes you big time.zachdaemon@live.com

schwarzaugen reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-14 00:00:00
happy brith day lord of music oh danke u re the greatest in history

Hidden in Plain Sight reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-13 00:00:00
One may only experience the sublimely beautiful nature of the ugly truth, when one chooses to fully perceive & accept the blinding beauty which attracts us to lies. Hans scores remind me of what my brain may feel like in the minutes or seconds before a plane crashes into the ground. Not fear, but sensory overload, I think many times it detracts from the secret truths, hidden in plain sight in these films. IE Titanic, The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond, Shutter Island, Inception, BM Begins, BM Dark Knight, to name a few of my favorite. (Not all Zimmer Scores, but they all tell a linear tale of super secret conspiracy)

cmg4life reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-09 00:00:00
Love the Pirates of The Caribbean Soundtrack - He's a pirate.


Great work and Keep it up !

Chirag Desai reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-07 00:00:00
Dear mr. hans Zimmer.

I am your big time fan and yot are my all time favourite music director. Recently I have seen your latest movie Inception and I like it very much, the music is better than the movie. Please continue with great music.

Chirag Desai reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-07 00:00:00
Dear mr. hans Zimmer.

I am your big time fan and you are my all time favourite music director. Recently I have seen your latest movie Inception and I like it very much, the music is better than the movie. Please continue with great music.

Movie Go-er reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-06 00:00:00
Hello Remote Control Productions (antas@hans-zimmer.com)

Well, tonight my wife and I went to see "Inception". We left with the following:
1. The music was totally OVER PRODUCED. What I mean by that is; "Sometimes LESS IS MORE". I mean, their were numerous scenes where it was so distracting, so over-bearing... it was stupid.

2.Numerous scenes should not have has any music at all, thus making the actors of the moment more dramatic and believable. We asked ourselves... "is this for real"?

2. We loved Hans score/composition for "The Last Samurai"... but felt that much of the score to "Inception" was just a continuation of the same. Sure, composers have styles, but this was ridiculous. It was so predictable after the first 30 minutes... we just wanted it to go away.

3. The dub stage audio mixers must have been on Crack. It was so difficult to hear dialog because the pounding music score was "Over The Top"- literally. We thought we went to see a movie, it appears we went to a lesson in sound sampling and drowning orchestra. C'mon Hans, you can do better.

Knowing that this post will most likely never make to public viewing... We'll blog it elsewhere as to inform future movie go-ers to at the very least: "Buy Ear Plugs".

Sorry Hans, but this time you MISSED IT. Go back to the Drawing Board. Remember, it is a FILM your writing/scoring for, not testament to your own skills.

Rayk reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-05 00:00:00
Mr. Hans Zimmer,

just saw Inception
YOU FUCKING ROCK

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2010-09-03 00:00:00
Mr. Hans Zimmer,

Every score you've ever done has blown me away. You should do the score for Deathly Hallows Part 2. That'd be pretty EPIC!!! Just saying. Not that I think you'll ever read this.

Vasilis Alevizos reply Replies: 0 || 2010-08-31 00:00:00
Hallo Mr.Zimmer...I do not know if you will ever read my mail, but i wanted to write it for you...I am an 18 Greek boy and i always admired your music-scores and in general all film scores...I have already finished my music studies with an A degree in piano studies, and i also compose my own orchestral scores. People in my country, teachers everywhere in greece say that i am really good, almost a genius...I never believed them. I mean i know I have some perfect fresh ideas and i know that i am composing for a huge orchestra even though noone tought me how(i studied only music harmony and chorus composition)...And even if i believe them, how can I in this country show my talent? Plenty of my music sheets, My 'Rhapsody for a dream' for a huge orchestra, chorus and piano, my piano studies, soundtracks for films and whole new ideas which i do not write them, beacause like the others will end up on my desk waiting to be played for ages...And i speak to you Mr.Zimmer beacause i do not know to whom i may speak...Who can advise me what to do??...you are one of my music idols, talented, successfull, your dream is complete! When will my dream come true?! I know you are to busy to meddle with problems like my one...but you could help me. And remember how much i want to make this dream a reality but i can not alone...Thanks Mr.Zimmer if you read this...or any other reader...And if you could help in someway please contact me...my email address is www.vasilis_al@yahoo.gr...
......a mortal teenage boy from Athens,greece...thanks

Billy "Wayne" Blackburn III reply Replies: 0 || 2010-08-26 00:00:00
Hello,

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.

A True Fan,
-B. Wayne Blackburn III-

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