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LumaSuite-movie music blog post

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When I'm doing something on the computer, I like to listen to music without lyrics, because words distract me. I usually listen to soundtracks, and I like listening to epic songs, especially on Mondays...

Tomorrow, the last soundtrack of my favorite epic composer, Hans Zimmer, will be released on vinyl. His last film is 'Dunkerque', the famous French battle in the year 1940.

Father of four children, he lives in Los Angeles and is the world's most famous soundtrack composer, apart from John Williams, of course. He was a pioneer in integrating electronic and folkloric arrangements with traditional orchestra pieces. He has composed a lot of famous film music, such as 'The Lion King', 'Pirates of the Caribbean' or 'Inception'.

Hans’ numbers
According to the Wikipedia, since 1982 Hans Zimmer has participated in 133 soundtracks as composer, producer or consultant, but in the vast majority of them as composer. He has been nominated for 7 BAFTA awards, 9 Golden Globes (of which he won 2 with 'Gladiator' and 'The Lion King') and 10 Oscar for the best original score: he won one with 'The Lion King'. In a while I explain why this film was so special...
Childhood
Hans Florian Zimmer was born in Frankfurt 60 years ago, and at the age of six, his father died, so playing the piano was a comfort to him. Proud of being a German Jew, when he was 18 years old his mother run away to England under the pressure of German National Socialism. As a curiosity of his youth, if you focus on the minute 2:53 of the video clip 'Video Killed the Radio Star' , Hans is playing the keyboard in his 20s with his new wave music band 'The Buggles'.
Confessions
I love this article, which includes phrases of the artist. The photo in this post is from here, so you can see his face. I summarize his best quotes in this small list:
  • 'The Lion King' - It took him 4 years to create this soundtrack, into which he threw himself with special emotion, especially in the score of Mufasa's death... since he revived the death of his own father.
  • Inspiration- He thinks that the inspiration comes when he is not thinking about scores.
  • Criticism- His secret is to remain flexible, and be his own critic all the time.
  • Daydreaming- My favorite quote: "I wake up around noon, light a cigarette, get a cup of coffee, sit in the bathtub for an hour and daydream, and I usually come up with some ideas... It's a very irresponsible life. The only decisions I make are about the notes I'm writing."

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