HANS ZIMMER By Crimson Elliott BIOGRAPHY Born September 12, 1957, in Frankfurt, Germany His father passed away when he was six years old and it was at that time that he decided he wanted to become a composer His family moved to England when he was 14, where he proceeded to be kicked out of several schools, for choosing to study music rather then the required curiculum Began his composing career in 1971, while working with a Rock band called The Buggies Started composing scores for films in 1982 Has won a total of 11 major awards for his pieces, including 1 Academy Award, 2 Golden Globes, and 4 Grammy’s, for his work in film Moved to LA in 1988, and continues to reside there and compose scores for film MUSICAL EDUCATION Started his musical education with piano lessons at three years old, but according to Zimmer, they only lasted about two weeks before he lost interest and stopped Other then that Zimmer says he has no formal musical education, that everything else he knows was self taught, and had a tendency of getting him kicked out of schools, as he chose to study music versus what was actually being taught to him After piano lessons, Zimmer became interested in synthesizers as a teenager and young adult MUSICAL CAREER In 1979, Zimmer started writing jingles for TV commercials In 1979, Zimmer co-founded the band The Buggies, the band’s biggest hit was “Video Killed the Radio Star” and was the first movie to premiere on MTV ever In 1982, Zimmer composed his first score for film, for a movie called, Moonlighting The first real recognition for Zimmer’s work came, in 1989, when we wrote the score for Driving Miss Daisy To date, Zimmer has written over a hundred scores and pieces for film, TV, video games and other pieces of work from scores for the movie Inception to music for The Buggies DISCOMBOBULATE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zIzy3laQck This piece is a piece that is very dark sounding, with a minor key and what appears to not be to may instruments and also being very rhythm heavy, it gives the appearance of being just dark feeling. Another aspect of this piece is the changing tempo, it changes several times through out the piece, because of where it is in the movie, it’s a piece that’s meant to be action heavy, and as the action increases, so does the tempo HOIST THE COLOURS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugx48uvvURc This piece is also a very dark piece, with it being in a minor key, though a slightly fuller group of instruments, giving the sound more dynamics, makes the piece more haunting then just simply dark. The voices also add and interesting and even more haunting contrast that wasn’t seen in the other piece, making it much more dark and giving a more human connection, something that needed to be done for the scene of the movie in which it appears MAESTRO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvtaNQw4sGA This piece is a much lighter, more joyful sounding piece the first two examples that are given. It’s fuller orchestra and major key are the main factors in making this possible. Also the slower tempo, gives it a more dreamy, calming sound then what was shown, though the piece may not sound totally cheerful because of this as well FALLEN RAIN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24Lm4ue3Fbc This is similar to the piece of Maestro, with a the slower tempo, it’s a dreamier sounding piece, though the guitar almost gives it a Spanish sound or feel, the guitar is also the instrument that most gives the piece the sound of falling rain. HOMELAND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_5PUrquBtw The tempo is what makes this piece, by starting with a slow tempo and the music soft and quiet, it sets it up to be a triumphant piece, which is what I sounds like in the end. Also the full orchestra and the use of the full orchestra through out the piece gives it the most full sound out of any of the examples that are used WORKS CITED YouTube, for generously providing the music used in the presentation for free "Credits for Hans Zimmer on AllMusic." AllMusic. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2012. "Film Composer Hans Zimmer Scores Big with UAD Powered Plug-Ins Blog - Universal Audio." Film Composer Hans Zimmer Scores Big with UAD Powered Plug-Ins - Blog - Universal Audio. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2012. "Zimmer, Hans." Enotes.com. Enotes.com, n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2012.