Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dark Knight Rises composer on creating Gotham Citys ominous sonic landscape

Before Christopher Nolan shot the first scene of The Dark Knight Rises, composer Hans Zimmer, who scored the soundtrack along with James Newton Howard for the first two films in the director’s Batman trilogy was hard at work creating the music for its final installment. It was a new process for the Oscar-winning Zimmer. “Chris quite rightly accuses me of putting the ‘pro’ in procrastination,” Zimmer tells. “So I just thought I’ll beat him at the game.” To that end, Zimmer wrote a 25-minute suite for the film’s villain, Bane, before ever seeing a reel of film.

 A much-debated aspect of the film has centered on whether Nolan’s depiction of Bane(the film’s villain) tricking Gotham’s 99 percent into revolting against the rich is a statement against Occupy Wall Street.  Zimmer believes that, if anything, this particular aspect of the film is merely a byproduct of the director being attuned to the current cultural climate. “All good filmmakers have a sense of zeitgeist and Chris definitely does,” he says. “Most of the good filmmakers I know are always interested in posing questions as opposed to providing answers.” Zimmer adds that issues of social oppression and rebellion are deeply  rooted in history; he says that he, Nolan and the director’s co-screenwriter and brother, Jonathan, read Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities as inspiration during filming.

Above all, Zimmer believes the biggest accomplishment in completing the trilogy is that the relationships among its creators have remained positive and intact. “Chris managed to keep this family of filmmakers together and we still love each other’s company,” he says, proudly. “Eight years of our life, seconds are ticking away. So you might as well work with people that you love.”

The composer has had little time, however, to bask in his achievement: he’s already in the development stages of the score for the Nolan-written and Zack Snyder-directed Superman epic, Man of Steel. ”I asked everybody to not talk to me about it until we finished  ’Batman,’” he says, “and I was good enough to say after I wrote the last note [of The Dark Knight Rises] that I’d written the last note. In 15 minutes they were talking to me about Man of Steel. I had a 15-minute break.” As for where he’s at in the writing process for the film, set for release next summer? “I’m searching,” he says. “Which is what you’re supposed to do. None of this ever comes easy to me. Right now I’m just humbled before the task. I’ve seen [the film]. That’s the other problem. Zack has done a great job so that makes it even more daunting.”

Zimmer’s fans,should enjoy the soundtrack and appreciate the new elements that he’s brought to the
table for Nolan’s final venture with the Caped Crusader

here is the sample of the soundtrack.

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