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Guys? Where do you make all this amazing stuff? Where do you get the instrument library from? Which program do you work with?
If anyone could help me get started to do some music. I would be in your dept forever. My biggest dream is to become a music composer, some people where I live, laugh at it but why can't I have dreams of my own.. I am only 17 and got many years left do become something, but if somone could answer what i should start with. Then I will practice and work with it every day.
Well, Hans works with a program called Cubase. It isn't cheap but it's worth your money. I currently use FL Studio and I'm pretty fine with it. The producer's edition only costs about 200$ or sth., so you would be able to afford it. I'm also looking forward to buy some software from EastWest. They have the best orchestral samples you can find.
Logic pro is good to.
Can you program cubase for a Mac?
Yes. If you have a Mac, it's not really difficult to find good music programs.
Just one more question. How do you start with a new song? Do you first start with the whole melody and complete it or? And after that, what do you do? Do you start layer different instruments? Is precussion important to start with early?
If somone can just make a quick short step by step list I would be grateful :)
Do whatever you want to do.
Hey there, look I'm currently in a composition class in college, you really work at it how you want. I would suggest if you want a free program: MuseScore, I think it's fantastic despite the MIDI sounds, and it's super simple to use. If you don't know how to do something you can just Google "MuseScore (question)", ex: "MuseScore, how to tie notes" and Google their manual will come up easily.
I suggest learning some basic musical terminology (if you don't already know) because it will make your life a whole lot easier.
In class some suggestions to start if you are unsure of what to do is to: A. Create a chord progression and build your melodies and harmonies off of that. B. Create a melody line and use the notes in it to determine what chords you want to use to harmonize with it.
Personally, I hear melody and harmonies in my head, so I put that down, but I get stumped a lot, so I bring in the music theory and general musical knowledge into play and that helps.
Mind you, I've only made 1 composition and am working on my second, but these things help.
Be sure you understand what your tempo is and try to write out the rhythm first if you are having a heard time getting it from your head to the staff. Then figure out what key you are in, you can use an instrument to uncover what notes they are and where your sharps and flats lie. Is it major? Is it natural, harmonic, melodic, or synthetic minor?
If you don't have an instrument at your disposal, it's easy to figure it out on MuseScore anyway, but you can also always use the Virtual Piano, just google it. ;)
Understanding the basics of piano is a must for composers, it is basically Music Theory laid out as an instrument for you. It also helps to sing your melody lines and note where you have to stop to breath, you those areas to add rests. Instruments that don't require breath support still need to pause at point and "breath," this adds a feeling of emotion and helps instrumentalists to make your melody lines sing, despite their instrument.
Those are only a grain of tips for you, but I hope it helps regardless! Keep dreaming, and dream big! As long as you put your heart into it, you'll go places.
For a new user who has not become welded to the hardware model interface, I recommend Tracktion. It is very inexpensive and now has Celemony integrated into it. EWQL orchestral samples are indeed wonderful. With their 450 MB 70-piece string section in my left hand and my Modular Moog in my right, I feel like the wrath of God. But don't overlook older samples. The Emulator X software has all the samples of the newer Proteus family. They may not sound so good naked but they sit well in mixes. The Planet Earth samples are still up there with RA as the most useful world music samples in my setup. Now if I could just play keyboards...
How to go about it? Peter Gabriel puts in many tracks, then takes them away one by one. Sort of like the sculptor freeing a statue from a block of marble. Try creating a drum track and then giving it to different instruments. That should get the juices flowing.
Try Garageband first. It's free and there are thousands of Soundfonts available also for free on the net. If you can't make something good in Garageband, forget it - there is no career for you in music. GB is powerful enough for a beginner to create excellent music. Punters are always shocked to find out what basic software Eno used to create his definative textures - you don't need to spend megabucks if you have talent.
Above is my fan made Hans Zimmer inspired Star Wars trailer. I hope you all like it and I hope that somehow Hans gets a chance to listen. Even if it is a waste of time! This is in no way an ad, it's more embracing Hans Zimmers music and absorbing it into my own being. Thank you
Hans Zimmer + Star Wars
DOES NOT COMPUTE
Sorry, but Hans Zimmer won't be able to take on Star Wars any time soon (risking lynching by saying that, but as a big-time John Williams fan I must say it). That belongs to John Williams, and if he passes before the new trilogy is finished, I can see Michael Giacchino, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, maybe Howard Shore doing it. I don't think Zimmer's current style could work in Star Wars, especially given his heavy usage of synth instruments.
I don't think Howard Shore could pull off Star Wars any better than Hans could (the awkward bleedthrough from LotR into Revenge of the Sith attests to that).
Once the torch is passed from Williams, it has to be someone who can carry on with that fast, fun, brassy, insanely complicated, thematically-driven, ORCHESTRAL action style. The closest Shore has ever gotten to Williams' pace is "The Forest River" from Desolation of Smaug, otherwise I feel like he's too heavy and ponderous. Works great in Middle-earth, wouldn't work at all a long long time ago in a galaxy far away.
Of the others, Giacchino's the most obvious (and realistic) pick. Horner might work, but only if he goes back to his Krull/Willow/Wrath of Khan roots, which seems doubtful these days. Silvestri, yeah, I could see that working. To name some more obscure guys, Joel McNeely or Bruce Broughton would be fantastic. Even more obscure - Robert Folk or Frederic Talgorn. Holy crap, JOHN POWELL!! :O
There's no shortage of good options (even if some of them are pipe dreams) - but Zimmer would NOT be one of them.
Edmund, I'm sorry, I know you love John Powell, but I would not want him doing Star Wars (I wouldn't want James Horner doing it either: Michael Giacchino would be my definitive first pick, and if he were to absolutely refuse, I'd be happy to let Silvestri give it a shot. But I think as far as possible they should choose someone who's compositional style is, or is able to be, very close to Williams).
If Alan Silvestri gets Star Wars, the movie died for me. Btw ggctuk, what would you call The Lone Ranger? That movie wasn't "suitable for his current style" either. Michael Giacchino sounds pretty good to me,though.
Well Hans + Star Wars is pretty much doubtful. I would really like to see Hans doing it giving something extraordinary and full of fun. He has done that kind of things in the past. It wouldn't surprise me if he does it again but I would be then like o_o.
But with J.J.Abrams at the helm I would think he would choose Giacchino. After all both Star Trek scores are kick-ass.
Never seen the Lone Ranger, never watched beyond a few minutes of what I would call cinematic tripe. Zimmer's current style is too synthetic for the highly-orchestrated and romanticised style that (most) Star Wars films go for. Don't think I'm denigrating Zimmer's work at all, but he would not be a good fit for Star Wars.
Abrams is only at the helm for Episode VII, o Giacchino isn't a dead cert but I'd say his style is closest. We'll see just how close it gets when we hear Jurassic World.
Allow me to chime in. I don't even want to think about another Composer, regardless of who it is, to take over before the new Trilogy is finished. As far as I am concerned he will score all three Films and stay healthy and sharp way past the Age of 90.
Having said that, I actually won't mind other Composers for the Spinoff-Films, as long as their writing Style goes into generally the same direction as Williams': Orchestral, complex, thematic. Michael Giacchino sounds like an obvious Choice, as does Alexandre Desplat (given that one of the Spinoffs is directed by Gareth Edwards, that acually sounds like a possibility - just let Desplat work together with Conrad Pope again). John Powell could work too, same goes for Joel McNeely (whose "Shadows of the Empire" I regularily revisit) as well as some of the newer Guys like Abel Korzenowski. My personal Choice, however, would be the Guys who did such a great Job on the recent SW-Games, like Mark Griskey, Kyle Newmaster and Gordy Haab.
Hello all. This is not meant to be one of those macro spam ads. I just know you all are as big of a fan as I am and I want to share my Star Wars- Force Awakens if Hans Zimmer were to write the opening trailer music. https://soundcloud.com/signuls/teaser-star-wars-fan-trailer- audio
Hello sir Zimmer,i have project...my project is about make a amator movies , but in the movies the music is essential and i'm very intersted by your soundtrack "Inception" "Interstellar" and "Beyond two souls" Can I use that for my movies ...please , we haven't lot of budget
Not that you're in the right place or are going to get a response or anything...but for Beyond: Two Souls you might want to ask Lorne Balfe instead of Zimmer. ;)
My son Fabien, French, who will be 18 years old December 5th of this year is a fan of you,Hans Zimmer. He knows many of your works and often makes reference to you. He has just returned at the University of Musicology to become a music composer of film. I shall like making him a surprise by offering him something of you ( inscription, ... ). Would it be possible and how to obtain it? I thank you for it in advance.
I'm afraid something like an autograph is really hard to obtain unless you don't meat him personally. I recommend you to make your son a special present by buying something like an exclusive release of one of his works. For example the Pirates of the Caribbean Treasure Collection, available on amazon.
There will also be a special release of his most recent work Interstellar which is currently only available for pre-order in the US. You can check its status on the label's (Water Tower Music) website, but make sure your son doesn't already have that in mind ;)
You can also watch out for the news on Hans Zimmer's concert series which will hopefully continue next year.
That's a solid list (although I wish I could read the reasoning :p ). Danny Elfman and James Horner immediately stand out as "missing", but I'm not sure who I'd have them replace either. I guess I'm not that big a fan of Henry Mancini, but he's written so much iconic stuff it's hard to argue...
Composers list is very difficult after first 5 ...Yes,disapprove first list.New list is here...James Horner and Henry Mancini,Two greatest. l think Horner's big main theme etc. is nothing.(May be Braveheart or Aliens) l think Elfman's only Batman and Fable themes is good,You must listen Mancini's Life force theme.Big one
Mr Zimmer,im your big fan who's from China,I studied piano for 14 years,now im 17 years old,I'm considering whether to efforts and work with you in the future,that's my biggest dream in my life,could you please tell me what should i do now?how can i realize my dream?if there is a chance,i can do anything for it,i always imitation your film and game bgm,really into it,please tell me what should i do or learn in my future study life,I'll do my best, believe me.email:firstname.lastname@example.org thanks,If the relevant personnel to see, also please help me to give him the message, thank you very muc
Hello! My English is very poor, but I'll try. I'm a big fan and I'm a lover of all soundtracks or Hans Zimmer. All his music is the soundtrack of my life and I would like to ask a favor. I would love to do a concert of Hans in Madrid. Would it be possible? Thank you very much and congratulations for all your Work!!
Wow some of these are truly amazing. Such as Transformers by Nir Shor and A Fire Will Rise by Oleg Riltsov. Out of curiosity, is there a way to download these? Would really love to put them on my iPod. Unfortunately I do not have a smart phone to listen to these while on the go :(
You could e-mail the admins, maybe they can give you the tracks you want.