Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by David Chen
In honor of the release of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar this week, I’ve been working on a musical project for the past few months: Attempting to perform the final music track from Inception (“Time” by Hans Zimmer) using a single, looping cello. I’ve been re-discovering my love for the cello recently, and by incorporating an electric pickup and a looping pedal, I have tried to create large-scale sounds using repeating chords on a single instrument.
Hit the jump to see a music video of “Time” performed using a single cello.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Around this time last year, Hans Zimmer was telling press he saw “so many good reasons” not to do the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even after he eventually came around, he admitted that he was struggling to give the new Batman his own sound, distinct from the one he’d created for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies. But now it looks like he’s come up with a solution for the Batman v Superman score.
The composer revealed in a recent interview that he’s bringing in some additional reinforcements in the form of Junkie XL, who he says will “take care of Batman.” Hit the jump for more on Hans Zimmer’s Batman v Superman plan.
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Hans Zimmer provided the emotional sound of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, and he he helped build the soul of Zack Snyder’s new Superman, too, for Man of Steel. But Zimmer has been reluctant to commit to the Batman vs. Superman film that acts as sequel to Man of Steel, because it will bridge his own Superman, and a new version of Batman. It’s a strange spot to be in for a composer. Yet it seems that whatever reservations the composer had are now slipping away, as he says in a recent interview that he’s going to work on ideas for Batman vs. Superman. Read More »
These days, IMAX doesn’t just mean a giant screen. It means giant sound too. I’ve had multiple occasions to talk to executives for the innovative company and time and time again they stress what makes IMAX special isn’t just the possibility of a larger than life screen. It’s a a sound mix that’s unique, loud and second to none.
IMAX has released a new video that explains a bit of what makes IMAX sound so special, and even got composer Hans Zimmer to talk about it. Check out the video below. Read More »
Hans Zimmer has inherited The Amazing Spider-Man 2 scoring duties from James Horner, and he’s going about the job in an unusual way. Zimmer isn’t just writing a score himself; he’s formed a supergroup of sorts to great the score.
Sony announced today that Zimmer and director Marc Webb are working with Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Michael Einzinger (Incubus), and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) on music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Read More »
Hans Zimmer crafted strange and memorable scores for all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, and when the director did producing duties on Man of Steel, the composer was brought on to the new Superman movie as well. The result was great; Zimmer’s score for Man of Steel was instrumental in crafting an identity for the film.
So it’s natural for fans to expect, or at least hope, that Zimmer would return to work with Zack Snyder for Batman Vs Superman, or whatever the Man of Steel sequel will be called. And it would be a strange project, as the film will feature a new Batman, with Ben Affleck playing the role. So if Zimmer did the film would he go back to the Batman themes he created for Nolan’s movie, or treat this as an all-new deal?
Turns out that might not be a question he has to answer. Zimmer says that Snyder hasn’t talked to him about the film, and the composer doesn’t sound much like he wants to do the film, anyway. Read More »
In the past decade, one man has been responsible for setting the mood for both Batman and Superman: Hans Zimmer. The Oscar-winning composer wrote (or co-wrote) the music for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy — Batman Begins, The Dark Knight (with James Newton Howard) and The Dark Knight Rises — as well as for Zack Snyder‘s Superman film, Man of Steel.
That puts the composer in a unique position, because the next DC film will be 2015’s Batman vs. Superman. It’ll take a character Zimmer has thoroughly explored and pit him against one he’s just starting to help voice. At a recent event, Zimmer was posed with the question about possibly scoring Snyder’s upcoming film and gave a very interesting answer. Read More »
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Hans Zimmer and John Williams are probably my two favorite film composers of all time, so I was very keen to see how Zimmer would tackle the job of crafting a score for the new Superman film, Man of Steel. The soundtrack for the latter was suitably epic, and I actually think the way it’s structured says a lot about the themes of the film.
After the jump, you’ll find my thoughts on an excerpt from each score. I tried to point out patterns and elements in each track that I thought were important but I’m not particularly well-versed in musical theory so I’m open to your constructive feedback. If you disagree with my thoughts, feel free to put forward alternate explanations (e.g. just saying “you are reading too much into the music” does not add anything to the conversation). Have at it!
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