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Hans Zimmer and Soundtracks

21 November 2019

As a continuation of our recent Soundtracks article, we examined Hans Zimmer, one of the first names to come to mind when it comes to soundtrack and the history of the soundtrack for you.

It is the music that gives life to film in cinema. It provides the moods of characters and the transition of emotions in scenes. While we shudder in the horror movies with suspense music, we get excited with marches and heroic tunes in war movies. With the melodies that fit the period of the film, we can feel ourselves in decades ago.

The first soundtrack in history is known as the piano work Pantomines Lumineuses, prepared for an animated film by Emile Reynaud in Paris in the 1890s. In the 1920s, pianists began to accompany films improvised, after which live music orchestras took their place in a corner of movie theatres. With the development of technology, music has become an indispensable element for cinema as sound systems with special techniques have emerged.

German composer Hans Zimmer was unaware of how famous he would be in the future when he released “45 of Video Killed the Radio Star” with his band Buggles in 1979. With this song, he achieved his first success in music life. The clip of the song became even more famous two years later, on the first day of MTV's broadcast, as the first video clip it played. In the following years, he began to compose soundtracks with Stanley Myers and he achieved great success in this field.

Nowadays, he puts his signature to soundtracks of the movies that many of us have watched such as Gladiator, Interstellar, Sherlock Holmes, Pearl Harbor and many other great works. So, even if you haven't heard Zimmer's name, you've probably listened to his compositions many times.

The famous composer won seven Oscars, four Grammys and seven Golden Globe nominations and won an Academy Award for his movie the Lion King. He received a Grammy Award for his film Crimson Tide. Most recently, he won the Golden Globe Award twice for his films The Lion King and the Gladiator. As long as this productivity and unique spirit of his compositions continue, he seems to be one of the first to come to mind for many more awards.

His compositions are so integrated with the subject of the film that it is impossible not to lose ourselves in the spirit of the film. It is like we live in that universe. We are searching for depths between time and space in Interstellar, while we are lost between dream and reality in Inception. In Pirates of the Caribbean, we share the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and feel like a warrior in Dunkirk.

Hans Zimmer has become an inseparable duo with director Christopher Nolan by composing soundtracks for Nolan's masterpieces such as Interstellar, Dunkirk, Batman and Inception. We hope that they will continue to work in this wonderful business in the years ahead.

Now let us leave you with music by giving examples of the works of this master artist.

The Last Samurai - A Way Of Life
The Da Vinci Code - Main Theme
Inception -Time;
Batman The Dark Knight-Theme
Madagascar- Best Friends
Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End : Theme

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