April 8, 2012 |
In a recording studio on Sunset Boulevard, Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix are banging on two giant taiko drums built especially for their company, Two Steps From Hell. The brawny musicians exude the fierce intensity prevalent in much of their music - until they suddenly get off-beat and let out loud laughs that reveal just how much fun this is for them. Bergersen and Phoenix revel in the world of music for movies, but not in the same way as film score maestros like Hans Zimmer and John Williams.
February 26, 2012 |
Film composer Nick Glennie-Smith, 60, attends his first Academy Awards show Sunday night as the conductor of its 60-piece orchestra. A frequent collaborator of Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer, who shares the evening's music consultant credit with Pharrell Williams, his composing credits include "Secretariat" and "Ella Enchanted. " How did you get the gig? One of my very old colleagues — well, friend, really — a guy called Hans Zimmer, got approached by [show producer]
February 24, 2012 |
The first time Hans Zimmer made Pharrell Williams' head spin was in 2005, when the former was composing the score for the Ron Howard blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code. " Williams, half of the lauded hip-hop production duo the Neptunes and a third of the experimental rock group N.E.R.D., had heard through a mutual friend, music-supervisor Kathy Nelson, that he and Zimmer (one of Hollywood's most in-demand composers, with Oscar- and Grammy-winning credits including "The Lion King" and "The Dark Knight")
January 6, 2012 |
As a certain British super-sleuth might observe, there was nothing elementary about the path that Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer took to bring Gypsy folk music into his soundtrack for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. " Whether the score earns him an Oscar nomination or not, as the first "Sherlock Holmes" movie did two years ago, Zimmer hopes it will draw attention to the plight of one of the world's most maltreated and marginalized ethnic groups - the Roma people of Eastern Europe, more commonly (and pejoratively)
December 7, 2010 |
Hans Zimmer has no research to prove his theory and no mathematical analysis to illustrate his point. He states the following as a likely matter of fact, tossing it off while he sits, cradled in a chair with his legs draped over its arm. FOR THE RECORD: Hans Zimmer: An article about Hans Zimmer in the Dec. 7 Envelope section said the composer collaborated with Howard Shore on "The Dark Knight" score. Zimmer collaborated with James Newton Howard on that film. ? " 'Inception'" he proclaims, "is probably the loudest score ever.
December 17, 2008 |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has come to its senses, reversing its misguided decision to disqualify Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's score for "The Dark Knight." The academy had initially said there were too many composers listed on the music cue sheet. (The composers had listed a music editor, a sound designer and an arranger as a way of rewarding the people who worked with them on the massive project.