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’.
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…
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’.