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Hadn't seen that!

 

He's got some useful, practical "truths" in there:

 

"The best DAW is the one you're used to"

 

"Limit your palette...Work with the [VSTis] whose audio engines have real depth and quality"

 

When I got back into synths, I fell in the "too many VSTs" trap and am crawling out... really digging into the ones that are fun to work in.

I make software noises.
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HZ's studio. How's this for an inspiring place to work? Photos taken by Peter Gorges who used to head up Wizoo before Avid bought it an it became AIR. Photos in HDR.

 

http://i0.wp.com/www.synthtopia.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/hans-zimmer-studio.jpg

 

http://i2.wp.com/www.synthtopia.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/hans-zimmer-studio-synthesizers.jpg

 

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Wow! Tons of real wisdom there. Thanks for the link! :)

 

I've got it bookmarked, and I expect I'll be returning to it regularly. I especially related to the part when he talked about getting overwhelmed by too many sounds. Recently I decided on taking the Bob Ross approach - Know what colors you're going to need before you even start. I actually find it refreshing to work within a relatively limited palette of sounds. :cool:

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You belong to the proud fraternity of poor, starving artists. People expect you to ask them for favors in the name of the great piece of art you are about to unleash upon the world.

 

 

Wisdom.

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I can't think of one movie score he's done that I've liked or that's particularly memorable. He and James Horner represent all that I don't like about post-Williams movie scoring.

 

I think Hans Zimmer's scores are fine, hit and miss. Danny Elfman is fine as long as he does not repeat his quirky style over and over.

 

The whole film scoring scene is ripe for a new generation of composers that could really make use of all the excellent electronic tools available. However, they just need to learn music theory first, alas a trend where many composers don't even know much about that. If they go over the hump, it would be similar to what let's say the young Henry Mancini did with Touch Of Evil, incorporating modern sounds and leads into the film score.

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The whole film scoring scene is ripe for a new generation of composers that could really make use of all the excellent electronic tools available. However, they just need to learn music theory first, alas a trend where many composers don't even know much about that. If they go over the hump, it would be similar to what let's say the young Henry Mancini did with Touch Of Evil, incorporating modern sounds and leads into the film score.
The trick is breaking in. So many directors default to these guys.

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The whole film scoring scene is ripe for a new generation of composers that could really make use of all the excellent electronic tools available. However, they just need to learn music theory first, alas a trend where many composers don't even know much about that. If they go over the hump, it would be similar to what let's say the young Henry Mancini did with Touch Of Evil, incorporating modern sounds and leads into the film score.
The trick is breaking in. So many directors default to these guys.

 

Connections, indeed. But also if you are unique and have your own style, me thinks that would help a lot.

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Film scores by Hans Zimmer. Simply extraordinary that he can do so many in a given year. A lot of these are huge films. It's one thing to bring in a beauty with no acting experience to be coached through every scene. It's quite another to bring in an inexperienced, wannabe film composer. There are very good reasons why there's a short list of first call studio musicians in major cities and why the film industry relies on a short list of proven composers.

 

2012

1.The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

 

2011

2.Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

3.The Dilemma (2011)

4.Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

5.Rango (2011)

6.Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

 

2010

7.Despicable Me (2010)

8.Henri 4 (2009)

9.How Do You Know (2010)

10.Inception (2010)

11.Megamind (2010)

 

2009

12.Angels & Demons (2009)

13.It's Complicated (2009)

14.Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

15.Sherlock Holmes (2009)

16.Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

 

2008

17.Babylon A.D. (2008)

18.Casi divas (2008)

19.Frost/Nixon (2008)

20.Iron Man (2008)

21.Kung Fu Panda (2008)

22.Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

23.Running the Sahara (2007)

24.The Burning Plain (2008)

25.The Dark Knight (2008)

26.Vantage Point (2008)

 

2007

27.August Rush (2007)

28.Bee Movie (2007)

29.Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

30.The Simpsons Movie (2007)

 

2006

31.Ask the Dust (2006)

32.Curious George (2006)

33.Over the Hedge (2006)

34.Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

35.The Da Vinci Code (2006)

36.The Holiday (2006)

37.The Prestige (2006)

38.Urmel aus dem Eis (2006)

 

2005

39.Batman Begins (2005)

40.Madagascar (2005)

41.The Island (2005)

42.The Ring Two (2005)

43.The Weather Man (2005)

44.Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabb... (2005)

 

2004

45.House of D (2004)

46.Ella Enchanted (2004)

47.King Arthur (2004)

48.Laura's Star (2004)

49.Shark Tale (2004)

50.Spanglish (2004)

51.Thunderbirds (2004)

 

2003

52.Johnny English (2003)

53.Matchstick Men (2003)

54.Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the B... (2003)

55.Something's Gotta Give (2003)

56.Tears of the Sun (2003)

57.The Last Samurai (2003)

 

2002

58.Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

59.The Ring (2002)

 

2001

60.The Little Polar Bear (2001)

61.Black Hawk Down (2001)

62.Hannibal (2001)

63.I Am Sam (2001)

64.Invincible (2001)

65.Pearl Harbor (2001)

66.Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)

67.The Pledge (2001)

 

2000

68.The Contender (2000)

69.An Everlasting Piece (2000)

70.Gladiator (2000)

71.Mission: Impossible II (2000)

72.The Road to El Dorado (2000)

 

1999

73.Chill Factor (1999)

74.Endurance (1999)

 

1998

75.Intruder (1989)

76.Antz (1998)

77.Armageddon (1998)

78.The Last Days (1998)

79.The Prince of Egypt (1998)

80.The Thin Red Line (1998)

 

1997

81.As Good as It Gets (1997)

82.Face/Off (1997)

83.Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

84.The Borrowers (1997)

85.The Peacemaker (1997)

 

1996

86.Broken Arrow (1996)

87.Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

88.The Fan (1996)

89.The Preacher's Wife (1996)

90.The Rock (1996)

91.The Whole Wide World (1996)

92.Twister (1996)

93.White Squall (1996)

 

1995

94.Beyond Rangoon (1995)

95.Crimson Tide (1995)

96.Nine Months (1995)

97.Something to Talk About (1995)

98.Nature of the Beast (1995)

 

1994

99.Africa: The Serengeti (1994)

100.Drop Zone (1994)

101.I'll Do Anything (1994)

102.Renaissance Man (1994)

103.The Lion King (1994)

 

1993

104.Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

105.Calendar Girl (1993)

106.Cool Runnings (1993)

107.Point of No Return (1993)

108.Sniper (1993)

109.The House of the Spirits (1993)

110.True Romance (1993)

 

1992

111.A League of Their Own (1992)

112.Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

113.Radio Flyer (1992)

114.Toys (1992)

 

1991

115.Backdraft (1991)

116.K2 (1991)

117.Regarding Henry (1991)

118.Thelma and Louise (1991)

119.Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1991)

120.White Fang (1991)

 

1990

121.Bird on a Wire (1990)

122.Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990)

123.Days of Thunder (1990)

124.Fools of Fortune (1990)

125.Green Card (1990)

126.Pacific Heights (1990)

 

1989

127.Black Rain (1989)

128.Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

 

1988

129.A World Apart (1987)

130.Burning Secret (1988)

131.Nightmare at Noon (1988)

132.Rain Man (1988)

133.Taffin (1988)

134.The Fruit Machine (1988)

 

1987

135.Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

136.The Last Emperor (1987)

 

1986

137.Castaway (1986)

138.The Zero Boys (1986)

 

1985

139.The Lightship (1985)

140.Insignificance (1985)

141.My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

 

1983

142.Eureka (1983)

 

1982

143.Moonlighting (1982)

 

Busch.

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Film scores by Hans Zimmer. Simply extraordinary that he can do so many in a given year. A lot of these are huge films. It's one thing to bring in a beauty with no acting experience to be coached through every scene. It's quite another to bring in an inexperienced, wannabe film composer.

The fact that he is such an accomplished composer as an untrained musician is remarkable.

 

The guy is a talented programmer and he knows how to get musos to fulfill his musical vision. :cool:

PD

 

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Glad so many here appreciate it like I do. I really like how he comes across with his whole vibe/YMMV kind of attitude - take it or leave it. At least that's the sense I got. And for the most part ...I'm taking it.

 

Btw I saw this link on a KVR thread so I'm not trying to steal credit from anyone. But again glad you all enjoyed it.

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