Creative Elements – Hans Zimmer

German-born composer, Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most innovative musical talents. Well known for his work in, The Lion King, The Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean and Inception. He has not restricted himself to film pieces having done the score for for Call of Duty:modern warfare 2.

His first taste of the success of mainstream music as an extra member of the The buggles: video killed the radio star. This is important as it was the first music video to be aired on MTV, ushering in a new era of music being represented visually in a mainstream audience.

He began his own work on several solo projects, including the critically acclaimed “A World Apart,” and during this time Hans had pioneered the use of combining both new old and new musical technologies. Today, this style has earned him the reputation of being the father of integrating the electronic music world with traditional orchestral arrangements.

Having already scored two “Best Picture winners,” in the early 1990s, Zimmer cemented his position as a pre-eminent talent with the award-winning score for “The Lion King.” The soundtrack has sold over 15 million copies to date and earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score, a Golden Globe, an American Music Award, a Tony, and two Grammy Awards. In total, Zimmer’s work has been nominated for 7 Golden Globes, 7 Grammys and seven Oscars. These do not include the pieces he has created for so many well-known movies.

He’s famous for his frequent use of what is known as a “Bwaum” wherein a major plot point is revealed and the music blasts out a single note loudly.

He frequently works with DreamWorks Animation saying they are his preferred choice to match with his style. While in Live action film is known to work with directors Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan. He is also known to use elements from the characters culture in the music. Some examples are “tribal chants” in The Lion King, “Ukulele” in Pearl Harbor and “Guitar with vocals” in Gladiator.


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