The AMC video interview with Hans ZIMMER & James Newton HOWARD regarding their work on Batman Begins is available at Cinemusic.net from the British magazine SFX
The Music of the Knight
'Batman Begins' shows there's more to Batman movie music than Danny Elfman...
Musically, the previous 'Batman' films - and the animated series - were defined by Danny Elfman's memorably gothic music. With 'Batman Begins' signalling a sea change in the franchise's style, the music is following suit by having two high-profile composers - Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard - score this particular Dark Knight.
It?s certainly an unusual move. "It hasn't happened in recent memory," claims Howard who, with Zimmer, spent three months at London's AIR Lyndhurst studios creating more than two hours of composition for the film. "We were terribly impressed with what we saw. The way the music had to feel was clear to us. The movie is very specific - complex and layered."
Why two composers? "We always joked about what if I wrote a cue and he finished it and vice versa," says Howard. "We reached a place where you can only do so many car chases moments etc -- so we wanted to shake it up. When Chris [Nolan] asked Hans to do this, he called me and said, 'How about it?'"
For Zimmer, the appeal was clear. "There is a nice division where I get to go dark with the music and James does the elegance."
Certainly, it?s an intriguing pairing that could work well, with Zimmer's action mores - best heard in 'Gladiator' - amply capturing Batman's war on crime, while Howard plies a focus on the pic's psychological dimensions. "We never really had a solid plan," says Howard, estimating that, "I have a stronger presence in the first half and Hans has the same in the second. There are two themes primarily. One relates to his journey and the other relates to the action."
The result, says Zimmer, should be unmistakably 'Batman'. "There's a lot of percussion, a lot of electronics, but, this is 'Batman', you're allowed to have the kitchen sink."
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Hybrid, can you tell us, which tracks by Zimmer, and which by Howard?
He's said many times that doing that is impossible, since the whole score is truly the work of both composers (with Hans sometimes using James' themes and James sometimes using Hans' themes). Apparently TDK was more clear-cut.
I'm pretty baffled by the credits here. The are moments that, to me, clearly sound like Zimmer's contributions. I'm thinking of Eptesicus, Myotis, and Lasirius. There are parts in those tracks that sound so much like HZ that I wonder if the credits are wrong or JNH was really trying to copy HZ's sound.
1. Opening Titles - Young Bruce Falls (2:04) 2. Prison Nightmare (1:04) 3. Meeting Ducard (2:00) 4. The Long Walk (2:24) 5. Monastery (2:47) 6. Father to the Rescue (2:13) 7. Bruce's Discomfort (0:37) 8. Mugging (Part 1) (1:18) 9. Mugging (Part 2) - Gordon Comforts Bruce (2:50) 10. Training (2:51) 11. Campfire - Bruce Goes Home (3:28) 12. Courthouse (Part 1) (2:40) 13. Your System is Broken (0:57) 14. Meeting Falcone (3:10) 15. Decision (2:31) 16. Hide in the Dark (3:01) 17. Initiation Into the League - Temple Fight - Saving Ducard (6:29) 18. Return to Gotham (0:53) 19. Crane Warns Rachel A (1:00) 20. Crane Warns Rachel B (1:21) 21. The Bat Cave (3:01) 22. Wayne Enterprises (1:26) 23. Prototypes (1:40) 24. Preparing Equipment (1:48) 25. Batman Visits Gordon (1:12) 26. I Need You at the Docks - Why Bats (2:35) 27. Dockyard Ambush (3:09) 28. Rachel Attacked (2:24) 29. Microwave Stolen (1:26) 30. Meeting Rachel (1:38) 31. Crane's Mask (0:43) 32. Gordon At Home (1:27) 33. Batman On Fire (2:33) 34. Finder's Keepers (1:41) 35. Fox is Fired (1:13) 36. Making Medicine (4:10) 37. Fight in Crane's Lab (5:01) 38. Back Up (1:34) 39. Batmobile Chase (5:01) 40. Rachel in Bat Cave (1:26) 41. Your Father's Name (0:57) 42. Crane Interrogated (0:34) 43. Ducard Appears (1:10) 44. Ducard and Gotham's Fate - Bruce Left For Dead (6:39) 45. Rachel Gives Gordon the Antidote (3:32) 46. Batman Arrives (2:29) 47. Batman Rescues Rachel - Fight With League (2:55) 48. Final Confrontation (1:20) 49. Train Fight (3:18) 50. Danger Over (0:54) 51. Surveying the Ruins (3:21) 52. Gordon Says Thanks (1:50) 53. End Credits (9:03) 54. Batman Theme (3:16) 55. Prison Nightmare (Alt.) (1:04) 56. Monastery (Alt.) (2:46) 57. Father to the Rescue (Alt.) (2:13) 58. Mugging (Part 1) (Alt.) (1:07) 59. Mugging (Part 2) - Gordon Comforts Bruce (Alt.) (2:51) 60. Training (Alt. 1) (3:00) 61. Training (Alt. 3) (2:52) 62. Campfire - Bruce Goes Home (Alt. 1) (3:29) 63. Campfire - Bruce Goes Home (Alt. 2) (3:29) 64. Your System is Broken (Alt.) (0:56) 65. Meeting Falcone (Alt.) (3:10) 66. Decision (Alt.) (2:32) 67. Crane Warns Rachel A (Alt.) (1:00) 68. Crane Warns Rachel B (Alt.) (1:21) 69. Preparing Equipment (Alt.) (1:54) 70. I Need You at the Docks - Why Bats (Alt.) (2:35) 71. Batman On Fire (Alt.) (2:28) 72. Batmobile Chase (Alt.) (4:52) 73. Gordon Says Thanks (Alt.) (1:51) 74. Original End Credits (7:15)
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Dude, the Complete Score has been out for several weeks, if not a month now. Where have you been?