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Hans Zimmer is one of the biggest film composers working in the industry today.  He won an Academy Award for his work on The Lion King, and has been nominated for six other films including Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, and As Good As It Gets. With The Last Samurai he celebrates his 100th film score, and SoundtrackNet had an opportunity to talk with Hans a few weeks ago during a rare break in his busy schedule working on Something's Gotta Give.<br><br>You've scored many projects during your career, and The Last Samurai is being touted as your 100th film score…<br><br>Well, I'm terrible with math, so I'm not doing the counting. It could be more, it could be less – but apparently it's the 100th.<br><br>So how did you get involved with the project?<br><br>If you're lucky enough to get nominated for an Oscar, you get invited to the Oscar nominee's luncheon where they hand out these little nomination certificates. There are usually 150 people standing there, and people are invited up in alphabetical order, starting with the As. By the time they get to the Cs, everybody's already back at their table chatting and eating, and while the first people called get thunderous applause, you can imagine what it's like when your name starts with Z!<br><br>So Ed Zwick and I were standing there, waiting at one of these luncheons about four years ago, and we started talking to each other. I asked him what he was working on and he told me about this movie called The Last Samurai, which I thought sounded interesting and I asked him to send me a script. After the script arrived, I didn't hear from him for a long time and I thought he'd forgotten about me, not thinking about how difficult it is to set up a samurai movie these days. The other thing I liked about the project was that Tom Cruise was involved, so it was like returning home, since I've scored a bunch of his movies – I knew we were going to have a good time.<br><br>Did it end up that way?<br><br>Ed and his editor Steve Rosenblum are such gentlemen, so together and professional, and they basically did one cut of the film, screened it, and everyone loved their work. So after this, they had plenty of time to come and hang with me, and while I usually love the re-cutting process because it's a diversionary tactic to keep the director and editor out of my life, these guys were great to have around. <br><br>Of course, my sense of paranoia made me think that something was going wrong all the time, waiting for the other shoe to drop, as it were, but it never happened. Ed phoned this morning and I thought, "Oh my god – rewrite!" It's just how my brain works. But I think he and I feel a bit odd now: we've been seeing each other every day for months, and suddenly we're done. I completely understand why people have a problem finishing a movie, because there's something really nice about the process – completion is far more boring.<br><br>For Samurai, you used Japanese percussions and ethnic woodwinds, without getting too 'Japanese'.<br><br>My problem is that I feel Japanese music is really inaccessible to Western ears, and I was really struggling with this film initially, trying to figure out what I was doing. This idea popped into my head for using Western-style themes, but applying a Japanese aesthetic to them, which sounds great of course, until I had to ask myself what I meant! Actually, I think it's just my way of not overloading certain things with too many colors, or being geometrically precise about my cues and not making them too flowery.<br><br>The Tom Cruise character is one of those nasty drunks at the beginning, who obviously has some serious problems he's trying to deal with, or not deal with. He's obnoxious and restless, suffering sleepless nights and is very un-Tom. For me, this character's journey was about his need to earn tranquility and peace, so within the score there's this very romantic, overblown and passionate theme. It's like a juvenile way of dealing with life and death – the pain and liebestod.<br><br>However, to contrast with these very relentless themes, there are a number of stark, formal and sober pieces, because I wanted to take Tom's character on a journey. He comes from America and ends up in this foreign place where he doesn't speak the language or understand the culture. But at the end of the movie, I want the audience to think that there isn't a more beautiful place for him to be, that he is at home in Japan and finally at peace.<br><br>There are many useless acts of bravery we do out of misguided romanticism, and this movie is full of courageous and dignified acts of bravery. So I wanted to play off these acts, since both the American and Japanese cultures have a concept of heroism, and I just wanted to see if I could play with the nature of the two different concepts.<br><br>So you didn't want to do the stereotypical Japanese thing...<br><br>Absolutely not! Take Akira Kurosawa's Ran, for example, which has this brilliant score where Takemitsu writes Western music, but with an Eastern accent. Somebody asked me a few days ago why As Good As It Gets was European – why did I write a European score for a quintessentially American story? For me, it's because Jack Nicholson was crazy in the movie, and I felt one of the great things about America is how they always think we Europeans are crazy. So by writing a European-styled score, it's my way of saying that Jack is crazy, but it's alright!<br><br>How do you feel about people who criticize your work for not fitting into the time period, like Gladiator?<br><br>The reason I take these jobs is because I'm interested in foreign cultures, and every time I get to work on a movie I'm thrown into the adventure of whatever that culture is, the time, and wherever the story's taking place. So one of the things I'm very careful about is not to be historically correct to the culture, but, on the other hand, not to insult the underlying aesthetics of that culture either. I remember watching Chariots of Fire and thinking how brilliantly the music worked, never missing that it wasn't period instruments! I grew up listening to Bach played by a symphony orchestra – it's the wrong sized orchestra with the wrong instruments, but I don't think that's the point.<br><br>With Gladiator, Pietro Scalia brought in a CD saying "this is Ancient Roman music," and I said, "Says who? You went to the Ancient Roman music store and bought an Ancient Roman music CD? Bullshit!" We're not anthropologists. Look at he costumes Ridley Scott had: they were more Napoleonic than Roman, which was perhaps fitting since Napoleon had stolen all of his good ideas from the Romans regarding how to make his generals look cool – and so did Hitler! So I got criticized for making the "Entry into Rome" cue too Leni Riefenstahl – but that was the joke! I am allowed to have a sense of humor in my music!<br><br>Earlier this summer your credit on Pirates of the Caribbean was "Score Overproduced by". What was the deal with that?<br><br>Well, I thought honesty was a virtue! But seriously, Jerry Bruckheimer quite rightly asked me not to give him "that old-fashioned Pirate music," and Gore Verbinski, who I adore and did The Ring with, said, "Well, it is a pirate movie, so we have to disguise it." In the end, I spent a day and a half writing tunes, Klaus Badelt wrote a lot of stuff, and we rolled up our sleeves, got drunk, behaved in a debauched way, and produced a score!<br><br>There was a lot of criticism regarding that score, but in the end it had to serve the film - which it did. You seem to get a lot of criticism on any project you do.<br><br>I had the misfortune of going onto the Film Score Monthly web site recently to look something up and vanity made me type in my own name. I suddenly realized that you can't ever get it right. Who do people want me to be? The guy that writes Matchstick Men? Or the guy that writes The Rock? Or the guy that writes Driving Miss Daisy? My need is ultimately to write for myself. I mock myself and I'm ironic about the way I speak about it because if I take it too seriously, it would be a pompous and boring thing to do. But at the same time I take each note I write very seriously – none of them are random.<br><br>The Internet Movie Database always lists you as being attached to multiple projects, so I was curious, what's Sharktail?<br><br>I complained to Jeffrey Katzenberg that I couldn't cross any more Red Seas, or deal with any more horses that can't speak – I wanted to do one of the fun animated movies instead. There's also a hip-hop element in Sharktail, and I haven't been there yet, so it's new territory! King Arthur is still in production, and I literally just got the first bits of footage just before you came here.<br><br>Are you working on all of these projects simultaneously?<br><br>I'm thinking about them! I'm also working with Jim Brooks on his new comedy, Spanglish.<br><br>And speaking of comedies, you recently did Matchstick Men for Ridley, which had a very Nino Rota vibe to it....<br><br>And I gave him credit! I thought, what if Nino had written the theme and I was just doing the variations? But I bet I'm going to get criticized for that because it's not like Gladiator.<br><br>So when did you last have a vacation?<br><br>Well, I went to Japan for a couple of days at the end of November for the Japanese premiere of Samurai, but look, I love what I do! In January I'll travel to Morocco because Ridley will be shooting his next movie, Kingdom of Heaven, so that's like a holiday!<br><br>My family and I are going away at Christmas, and what we used to do would be to rent a house in the mountains and go on these skiing holidays. It would be a crappy house, not as nice as the one we live in, my wife was still going to the market, and we're still washing our plates – so it wasn't a vacation, it was a lot of work! It's taken us a long time, but we just figured it out: we're not practical with vacations – we're staying at hotels! But while the Zimmer family isn't talented when it comes to vacations, we're talented when it comes to work!<br><br>I sat through Samurai the other day, and for the first time watched the whole movie from top to tail with everything finished and completed. It felt really good, better than a vacation. But luckily there were enough things wrong for me to think that I learned something from the experience, and now I can't wait for the next project to try these new ideas out.<br><br>The soundtrack to The Last Samurai is available from Elektra Records, and the film is currently in theaters. Matchstick Men is available on Varese Sarabande Records.<br><br>With thanks to Chet Mehta at Chasen & Co, Jason Cienkus at Warner Brothers, and Nina Lynch and Mark Wherry at Media Ventures for helping with this interview. And, of course, special thanks to Hans.Mulan get his release... through Disney+, 4th September.Mulan is being released on sept 4th. Can't wait to hear Harry's score!!!!Here's an interview about Last Samurai from Soundtrack.net https: //www.soundtrack. net/content/article/?id=112You can find an interview with Hans on his process for TLS on soundtrack.net somewhere, back in 2003 or 2004
The tracklist they posted has 58 tracks and yours contains only 54<br>interesting thing, He never really spoke about Last Samurai. but you have to realize, even when He speaks, its not always the truth. <br><br>The only thing I know, in 2013 doing press for Rush, He really said the hardest job was Last Samurai, well its not true according to himself, if you watch the behind the scenes stuff from Matchstick Men from 2003, right there He says that he was working on 3 huge films, (tears of the sun / Pirates / last samurai) and Mathstick men was the absolute hardest for him.<br><br>also Ed Zwick talks about working with Hans on the dvd commentary sometimes, but nothing really fancy.<br><br>Im sure there is an interview for this film with him, since he was at the premierI am struggling to find an interview where Hans speaks about this soundtrack. Does it even exist? <br>I spent the last hours digging but nothing. I always desired to hear some comments about it, like he does for the other works he's done.<br>I know it's a far stretch for Hans To release docu scores, but am really curious as to what Brave Miss World, Believer and Jalous of the Birds sound like...<br><br><br>@Mephariel<br>You can find Great Bear Rainforest on bleedingfingersmusic.com under Anze RozmanMondo only offered to send me a return label and a refund. No info yet on if they plan to fix it. :-/
Mine arrived today and is definitely sped up.LOL klaus badelt hardly composed pirates 1You know what? I love the booklet credits! Klaus Badelt is the same guy who scored Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.Thanks Hybrid soldier for the good news<br>I can't wait to see the documental film and hear the score of lorne balfe & hans zimmer.A score will be released.<br><br>You can always count on Lorne for that. It's in the works.
What was the last Zimmer documentary score that they released outside of BBC? <br><br>I am still waiting for The Great Bear Rainforest.I hope they can the soundtrack release for "Rebuilding Paradise" composed by Hans zimmer & Lorne balfe, including an original song for the film. I hope there is a possibility that they will release the score.How to get this at all?Any news about Rebuilding Paradise soundtrack?@Hybrid:<br>Any news about a release for Ron Howard "Rebuilding Paradise" soundtrack by Hans ans Lorne. The documentary airing today. Any info will be much Appreciated.
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  1. 20 Years Ago (1:10)
    John Powell
  2. Bathroom Titles (1:09)
    John Powell
  3. The Church Of Magneto‚ Raven Is My Slave Name (2:40)
    John Powell, James McKee Smith
  4. Meet Leech‚ Then Off To The Lake (2:37)
    John Powell
  5. Whirlpool Of Love (2:04)
    John Powell
  6. Examining Jean (1:12)
    John Powell
  7. Dark Phoenix (1:28)
    John Powell
  8. Angel's Cure (2:34)
    John Powell
  9. Jean And Logan (1:39)
    John Powell
  10. Dark Phoenix Awakes (1:45)
    John Powell
  11. Rejection Is Never Easy (1:09)
    John Powell
  12. Magneto Plots (2:05)
    John Powell
  13. Entering The House (1:18)
    John Powell
  14. Dark Phoenix's Tragedy (3:18)
    John Powell
  15. Farewell To X (0:30)
    John Powell
  16. The Funeral (2:52)
    John Powell
  17. Skating On The Pond (1:12)
    John Powell, John Ashton Thomas
  18. Cure Wars (2:57)
    John Powell, John Ashton Thomas
  19. Fight In The Woods (3:06)
    John Powell
  20. St. Lupus Day (3:03)
    John Powell, John Ashton Thomas
  21. Building Bridges (1:16)
    John Powell
  22. Shock And No Oars (1:15)
    John Powell
  23. Attack On Alcatraz (4:36)
    John Powell
  24. Massacre (0:31)
    John Powell, James McKee Smith
  25. The Battle Of The Cure (4:20)
    John Powell, James McKee Smith
  26. Phoenix Rises (4:21)
    John Powell
  27. The Last Stand (5:29)
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alfred reply Replies: 2 || 2006-05-18 00:00:00
Interesting... A Superman Return's track was included in X3 soundtrack? ahahahah (I'm joking, but track 2 is very similar to Superman's theme).
The whole album is quite good, but in my opinion Powell has to ride a long road before becoming a good composer! "Mediocre" is my opinion about this album.
Kamen & Ottman made better!


Henko2019-09-11 22:03:20
Damn, this is wrong on so many levels


ThePhantasm2019-09-13 20:07:00
The words mediocre is not something you use when talking about this score. Kamen score is good but not on this level, and Ottman doesn't even come close. But that's just my opinion

Mephariel reply Replies: 8 || 2018-01-25 22:23:06
Hans Zimmer scoring X-Men Dark Phoenix.

Welcome back to Superhero world.


mpolonest123 2018-01-25 22:32:38
Between this and LB doing Pacific Rim, I’m more than happy. I really doubt he’ll use Ottman’s X-theme but hopefully he be as creative here as he was with ASM2!


T-Mann0362018-01-26 01:18:47
I knew that Zimmer isn't gonna retire. His previous pictures, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice were incredible. Welcome back to the Marvel and DC Universe, Hans.


Edmund Meinerts2018-01-26 12:36:46
Zimmer retires and unretires almost as much as Hayao Miyazaki!


M2018-01-26 14:56:08
This is going to be something amazing!


DT-20172018-01-26 16:43:31
Makes me wonder if Ottman just refused to do it. Though after his reported experience with BvS, I wonder what made Zimmer change his mind on this one.


Mephariel2018-01-26 18:14:36
Probably a much better script. Kinberg has said that this is a straight up drama/suspense movie. It is completely opposite of movies like BvS and X-Men: Apocalypse.


Radik2018-01-27 09:39:38
Hans said he is willing back to comics genre if the screenplay has its quality.


JBSO992018-01-27 11:46:15
This are great news! I was hoping that the retirement thing was just temporary, and luckily it was. His scores in superhero movies are always fantastic and I cannot wait to hear what he creates in this one.

Cameron reply Replies: 0 || 2018-01-26 17:54:34
They should have gotten Powell back.

Anthony reply Replies: 1 || 2007-10-19 00:00:00
Actually Krazie835, scratch that, the link's changed:

www.johnpowellcomposer.com/features_xmenbreakdown.htm


Lucahs2015-12-05 05:29:23
Please, this link is unavailable... Do you still remember the lyrics of "Phoenix Rises"?

dark prince reply Replies: 7 || 2014-02-01 05:23:23
"Why the producers never remember John Powell?". Is what I question to my self everytime outs a dissappointing superheroe score, like The Avengers by Alan Silvestri, John Powell did this great score for X-Men, and looks like nobody remember it, why John Powell never else did another superhero score (ok, it's Hancock, I know), but Joh Powell can do something else, to part of just excelent score for animated movies

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Ds2014-02-01 12:49:00
Maybe they ask him every time and he's the one refusing these projects... He took a lot of time for himself/his family, maybe he's not as much a work-junkie as HZ is :-)

But these are pure speculations, we don't have a clue.

The essential thing is: a lot of people are missing John Powell and would be extremely happy to see him gloriously return. I hope he comes from time to time on this website and see all the love we have for him!


Mike2014-02-01 14:50:29
2015, guys—How To Train Your Dragon 2 and, presumably, the next John Williams Star Wars score! :D


MrZimmerFan2014-02-01 21:32:22
My favorite of Powell


dark prince2014-02-01 23:58:27
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is for 2014, I really want to hear this score, the first is a masterpiece by John Powell


Ds2014-02-02 00:44:54
Mike if there's one thing in 2015 i absolutely don't care about, it has to be that f#cking Star Wars movie, including its soundtrack. And i'm already tired of all the hype that's going to come over the next two years :D


Mike2014-02-02 03:39:19
lol....harsh. I can understand not caring about the movie, but the music, too???? :P Oh well, to each his own.


Edmund Meinerts2014-02-02 11:48:07
How can you not care about the opportunity to hear more Star Wars scores from John Williams?

phoenixxx reply Replies: 0 || 2011-04-10 00:00:00
I do love this song! Exactly describes the soul of phoenix. But still, i hate the producers of XMEN because Jean WAS NOT supposed to die,wo phoenix and her, there is no reason to watch!

Edgar reply Replies: 0 || 2011-02-03 00:00:00
Dark Phoenix's Tragedy & Phoenix Rises FTW!!

ahmet reply Replies: 0 || 2010-12-05 00:00:00
Very Good :)

dian.theeditors reply Replies: 0 || 2009-03-20 00:00:00
good audio friends...

nova reply Replies: 0 || 2008-09-27 00:00:00
Rising Empire and Plague Burial are the trailer songs.. just in case anyone was wondering..

bushsbunnys reply Replies: 0 || 2008-05-03 00:00:00
I LOVE phoenix rises!! I consider it my own personal theme, and I play it every morning to get my blood pumping! It is a better eye-opener than coffee WITH caffene! It's better than a 6-pack of red bulls! It's just so Goddessy-girl-powery-awe-inspiring-wowee-wow-wow!

Danny reply Replies: 0 || 2008-01-07 00:00:00
I have to say...the "Phoenix Rises" is just too powerful for me to listen to without breaking down with tears in my eyes!!! I know every fan in here would agree with me! I'm not ashamed to admit my personal feelings for this particular score! It's just that every time that I hear "Phoenix Rises", it seems that every core inside my body is forcing its way through the pores of my skin!!! Unbelievably incredible film score by John Powell!!!

Anthony reply Replies: 0 || 2007-11-06 00:00:00
It's "Rising Empire" composed by these guys:

www.immediatemusic.com

Fox reply Replies: 0 || 2007-11-06 00:00:00
What theme music is playing at the end of the x3 teaser and first trailer? adeo already asked, but no one answered

Anthony reply Replies: 0 || 2007-10-19 00:00:00
Krazie835, look at my post about the complete score breakdown. :)

Krazie835 reply Replies: 0 || 2007-10-19 00:00:00
Dies irae, dies illa, This day, this day of wrath
Solvet saeclum in favilla: Shall consume the world in ashes,
Quando Judex est venturus When the judge shall come
Quando Judex When the judge
Dies irae, dies illa This day, this day of wrath
Dies irae, dies illa This day, this day of wrath


Tuba mirum spargens sonum The trumpet, scattering its awful sound
Per sepulchra regionum Across the graves of all lands
Coget omnes ante thronum. Summons all before the throne.
Mors stupebit et natura, Death and nature shall be stunned
Cum resurget creatura, When mankind arises
Judicanti responsura. To render account before the judge.

I think those are the lyrics but I am not to sure about it though. If anyone knows latin then i am sure they could help out more.

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2007-07-18 00:00:00
does anyone know the lyrics to phoenix rises?

Anthony reply Replies: 0 || 2007-07-09 00:00:00
X-Men: The Last Stand Complete Score Breakdown:

www.johnpowellcomposer.com/features_xmenscorebreakdown01.htm

Every cue, every change and even choir lyrics! :)

Nash reply Replies: 0 || 2007-05-07 00:00:00
I meant the track list and covers

Nash reply Replies: 0 || 2007-05-07 00:00:00
Antas

Are you gonna release the the complete score with covers soon??

Anthony reply Replies: 0 || 2007-02-21 00:00:00
lavad, as I wrote below:

''The reason behind this (the main titles sounding different) was that they had to do some emergency recording sessions to get the music done for the films release.

Powell had more time to work on the CD release, so the overall result, while different, is better. ''

lavad reply Replies: 0 || 2007-02-21 00:00:00
Sorry, I´m from Czech Rep. and I can´t speak very good english, but John Powel is Great Composer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love his soundtrack X3: The Last Stand, the best is Dark Phoenix´s Tragedy and Phoenix Rises..............and Bathroom Titles. But I have a question: Why is the Bathroom Titles in the Movie different from soundtrack??? In the Movie is fast and best ;-)!

osman reply Replies: 0 || 2006-12-30 00:00:00
çok güzel saolun

peter reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-19 00:00:00
why isnt the film version of the main titles on this cd - that has to be one of the best main title themes ever

teoperseo reply Replies: 0 || 2006-11-17 00:00:00
I not Speack english....bat powell is very big

Angel reply Replies: 0 || 2006-10-03 00:00:00
Im a hip hop and regeaton lover but track 26 beautiful

Ant reply Replies: 0 || 2006-08-13 00:00:00
From what I've heard, a fair amount of the first half of the film sounds different on the CD release.

The reason behind this was that they had to do some emergency recording sessions to get the music done for the films release.

Powell had more time to work on the CD release, so the overall result, while different, is better.

Hello Kitty reply Replies: 0 || 2006-07-04 00:00:00
Jean Grey/Phoenix/Dark Phoenix's theme music for X3 is easily the best not only in this movie but the entire trilogy! Especially the version from Whirlpool of Love, Phoenix Rises and Dark Phoenix's Tragedy.

"La La LaLa Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... LaLaLaaaaaaaaaa.... LaLaLaLaLaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.... DuDu Duuu Duuuuu...

La LaLaaaaaa Laaaaaaaaaaaaa.... La La Laaaaaaaaaa..... LaLaLaLaLaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaa...."

adeo reply Replies: 0 || 2006-07-03 00:00:00
Quick Question to any one out there who might know this. What theme music is playing at the end of x 3's teaser and first trailer? N-E info on that would be great.

-Adeo

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