Hans Zimmer
German film score composer
Hans Zimmer
Hans Florian Zimmer is a German film composer and music producer. He has composed music for over 100 films, including award winning film scores for The Lion King (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), Gladiator (2000), The Last Samurai (2003), The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception (2010). Zimmer spent the early part of his career in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States.
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Wonder women cellist wants to work with Rammstein
Reuters.com - 29 days
Despite working with Hollywood producer Hans Zimmer on the Wonder Women soundtrack, cello player Tina Guo dreams of collaborating with rockers Rammstein. Jayson Mansaray reports.
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‘Hidden Figures’ Crafts Roundtable: Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and More on Bringing African-American Women NASA Stars to Life
Yahoo News - about 2 months
The crafts team provides a glimpse into the historical drama about African-American math genius Katherine Johnson and her NASA experience.
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Hidden Figures Movie Exposes A New Real Figure
Huffington Post - about 2 months
When I saw Hidden Figures, two thoughts entered my mind. I experienced gratitude, and I felt shock. To further explain, Hidden Figures is receiving many stellar as well as controversial reviews. From its Oscar talk to its soundtrack discussions, Hidden Figures is a movie that is stirring up major conversations in the entertainment and science worlds. And it is a film that I personally felt compelled to review. For I am a real life "hidden figure." I am a real female rocket scientist of color. While watching the film, I was simultaneously inspired and surprised by what I relived through its scenes. Hidden Figures Movie starring Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer Directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Theodore Melf and Allison Schroeder, the Hidden Figures film depicts the real life struggles of three genius women Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe), who ...
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Mozart's 225th And More: Chats With Prof. Cliff Eisen & Paul Moseley, Michael A. Levine and Peter White
Huffington Post - 4 months
A Conversation with Professor Cliff Eisen Mike Ragogna: Professor Eisen, in the new Mozart 225 box set that celebrates his 225th anniversary, your narratives on the iconic composer sometimes contradict the romanticized version we’re often taught about as school children. I think the movie Amadeus was the first approach at presenting a competing image of Mozart, but your book portrays yet another variation of him. What do you feel are some of the more important and perhaps controversial facts everyone should know about the composer?  Prof. Cliff Eisen: I think the most striking thing is that, as far as I can tell, Mozart was not a neglected, underrated composer, more or less abandoned by the Viennese musical public, someone who, disengaged from the world around him, retreated into his own private musical world. On the contrary, his own letters and other contemporaneous writings about him show that he was fully engaged with everyday life, that he achieved remarkable success in hi ...
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More Than 200 Musicians Support ‘Blurred Lines’ Appeal
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
A group of 212 musicians including Hans Zimmer, R.Kelly and bands including Earth, Wind and Fire have come forward in support of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines" appeal against copyright infringement. Mark Kelly reports. Image: Interscope Records
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Hans Zimmer wins copyright case and receives an apology
Yahoo News - 6 months
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hans Zimmer has received more than just a win in a copyright infringement case — he also received an apology from a fellow composer who now says he mistakenly sued the Oscar-winner over the music to "12 Years a Slave."
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China's Lang Lang and Germany's Hans Zimmer come together in America to score 'Ku Fu Panda 3'
LATimes - about 1 year
When Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang was planning to visit L.A. about 12 years ago, he asked his label to arrange a meeting with composer Hans Zimmer, who at the time was scoring "The Last Samurai." Zimmer asked Lang whether the score sounded "Asian enough." "I'm like, 'I don't know where you...
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The new Star Wars trailer is better with music from Inception
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Like Kenny Loggins and Top Gun, composer John Williams helped make Star Wars sound so unique that you can tell what movie it is with just a spit second of the opening theme. Answering that for myself, I went the obvious route and plugged in "Mind Heist," which was famously used for the trailer of Inception, and is full of BBBBBRRRRRRAAAAAWWWHHHHHs. Composed by Zack Hemsey (not Hans Zimmer, who scored the rest of Inception), the track has been used numerous times over existing trailers to show how well the piece — which livens up a little after the one-minute mark — can be applied to just about anything. Doing this yourself on the Star Wars trailer is rather simple, but I've chosen to make it pretty difficult.
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Hans Zimmer on scoring TV boxing show; playing with Pharrell
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer is known for powerful scores for such films as "Inception," ''Gladiator" and "The Dark Night." Now he's hoping to knock people out with music for the small screen.
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Conversations with Peter Asher, Denny Laine, Big Star's Jody Stephens and Red's Michael Barnes, Plus Rachael Sage & Judy Collins and Goodnight, Texas Exclusives
Huffington Post - about 2 years
RACHAEL SAGE & JUDY COLLINS' "HELPLESS" EXCLUSIVE photo credit: Nick Clark According to Rachael Sage... "I don't do many cover songs--because I've been writing my own compositions since I was a little kid, it's just not really my thing generally, and I can count the ones I've recorded on less than one hand. But there was something about this song, after I was invited to perform it at a Neil Young tribute at NYC's Highline Ballroom, that just slayed me. It's so essential, and has so much space built into the song itself which must be why so many artists love to reinterpret it; it breathes in such an effortless way, and sounds as expansive as what it's describing. It was such a thrill to record this track with Judy Collins, who has not only been a generous and inspirational mentor to me through the years, but who is also such a great master at making the songs of others her very own. We had so much fun singing 'Helpless' together as a duet in the studio, and it was also an ...
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<i>Winter's Tale</i>: The Lovers, the Dreamers and Mythical New York
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It takes a brilliant wordsmith and fantasist to adapt Mark Helprin's epic novel Winter's Tale for the screen, and luckily Akiva Goldsman is both. But the Oscar-winning screenwriter (A Beautiful Mind) has added another element that transforms his feature directorial debut into a story for the ages: A steadfast belief in true love. A passion project years in the making, Winter's Tale teaches us that everyone is destined to share a miracle with someone special -- that magic from the heart can accomplish the impossible. Set in a mythical 1916 New York, Winter's Tale follows the unusual journey of a thief named Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) who falls in love with the wealthy and ethereal Beverly Penn (a radiant Jessica Brown Findlay) after a botched attempt to burglarize her house. The couple quickly realize their happiness will be brief -- she is dying from consumption, while he has a price on his head, courtesy of the demonic Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe) and his Short Tail gang. When ...
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7 Romantic Films Men Love
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Want to watch a movie with your man on Valentine's Day? "But men don't like romance movies," say many women. Think again. They just have to be the right kind. Common threads of a romantic movie a man will watch: The screenplay is written by men, the film is told from the man's perspective and the male lead behaves like a man would in real life and the ending of the film is redemptive. The male lead learns a valuable lesson from the experience. We men relate to these characters and stories. Here are seven. CASABLANCA: Plot: Rick (Humphrey Bogart), an owner of a trendy, upscale bar during World War II, turns cynical after being burned by his first love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). While sneaking heroes and patriots out of occupied territories, his love for Ilsa takes a new form. Why men like it: Choosing your comrades, your country and the survival of the entire world instead of the girl who left you... that's a man's man. A hero. Man Moment #1: When Ilsa pulls out that pistol. Why th ...
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Making It Rain On Them Hoes: Pharrell Williams To Perform At The Oscars
Bossip - about 3 years
Guess the year of Pharrell continues… Pharrell To Perform At The Oscars Hopefully, homeboy leaves his ranger hat at home. According to Rolling Out: Score another one for Pharrell! Fresh off the heels of his big night at the Grammys and probably because of it, the esteemed musician/producer has just been added as a performer at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Of course, Williams will be performing his international hit song “Happy”, which is also up for the Best Original Song award. Pharrell is no stranger to cinema’s biggest night as he (along with legendary composer Hans Zimmer) scored the Oscars in 2012. This marks the first time in eight years that a hip-hop artist has been tapped to perform at the Academy Awards since Three Six Mafia performed “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” at the 2006 awards. Three Six Mafia went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song that night, so maybe this is a good sign for Pharrell. The 86th annual Academy Awards will take place ...
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Oscars' Best Visual Effects Winners Supercut Will Thrill You Again
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Want to take a trip down movie magic's memory lane? Nelson Carvajal's montage of the best visual effects Oscar winners might be just the ticket. From "Star Wars" to "Life of Pi," these films garnered attention for their ability to make your jaw drop -- even on mute. Carvajal put together the short, set to Hans Zimmer's "Time" from "Inception," as anticipation builds for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2. "I originally had a more subtle music selection but decided to go big with the emotions," Carvajal told Vimeo commenters. Works for us. [h/t Laughing Squid]
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Ellie Goulding Reveals NEW Deets About Her Extra Involvement With Divergent! See What She Said HERE!!!
Perez Hilton - about 3 years
Yes! Yes! Yes! This is such a win! We love Ellie Goulding's music so much that when we heard she would be on the upcoming film Divergent's soundtrack we got super excited! Except, Ellie's revealed that she's done MUUUUCH more than just one song! Ellie revealed while on Good Morning America that she was actually SUPER involved with the film, which we suspected after her song was used in the first clip!! She said: “I have always wanted to do a film soundtrack, be really involved with a film. And not just provide songs, but also install my voice in the soundtrack as well. I’ve gotten to work with an orchestra and the musical director, and it’s been so much fun. I’m really excited. I basically got to go into the studio, and just be put in front of the microphone for a few hours and sing whatever I wanted to sing. Not even words, noises and sounds, too. I listened to a lot of Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard.” This is awesome! We love that she's branching out and trying new ...
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Hans Zimmer wants to mentor you in SoundCloud contest
USA Today - about 3 years
Most important thing in music is to 'find new voices,' says legendary film composer.
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A Complete List Of Winners From The Critics' Choice Awards
Business Insider - about 3 years
Following Thursday's Oscar nominations, "12 Years A Slave," "Gravity," Matthew McConaughey, and Cate Blanchett took home the top honors during the night's Critics' Choice Awards. Special awards went to Forest Whitaker, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the "Before Midnight" cast. The ceremony aired live on the CW network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. Check out the list of winners below (via THR): BEST PICTURE American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska Saving Mr. Banks *12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street BEST ACTOR Christian Bale – American Hustle Bruce Dern – Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips *Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford – All Is Lost BEST ACTRESS *Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock – Gravity Judi Dench – Philomena Brie Larson – Short Term 12 Meryl Streep – August: Osage County Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Ban ...
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Golden Globe Nominations: See All the 2014 Nominees
US Magazine - about 3 years
The first of the trophies won't be handed out until next year, but awards season is already heating up in a big way! One day after the Screen Actors Guild revealed its list of nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association followed suit, revealing its nominees for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. The nominations -- honoring the year's best in both TV and film -- were announced live on Thursday, Dec. 12, in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Aziz Ansari, and Miss Golden Globe Sosie Bacon. Among the favorites? American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, and Gravity. Check out the full list of nominees below, and tell Us who you'll be rooting for come January. PHOTOS: The best-dressed stars from the 2013 Golden Globes BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA 12 Years A Slave Captain Phillips Gravity Philomena Rush BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock, Gravity Judi ...
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Another Guy Predicting Another Golden Globes Telecast in Another Blog Post
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Ever since I was a little fat kid who used movies and television as a way to escape my sad, sometimes bullied world, I've loved watching the glitz, the glamor, and the flowing booze of the Golden Globes. While many in the industry don't take the awards seriously (they nominated The Tourist remember?) and feel they don't hold as much weight any more in terms of shaping the Oscar race, I've always enjoyed seeing stars make drunken speeches or schmooze in-between commercial breaks. I also, of course, love that they honor comedic films as well as television. Focusing on the former, let me just say I'm still not over Will Ferrell getting shafted for Elf a decade ago. Anyway, the Globes are a party - nothing less, nothing more. Where else can you find Jack Nicholson literally talking out of his ass or Christine Lahti late out of the gate because she was dropping a deuce? OK, maybe she wasn't but you know what I mean. I love it all, and love that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the fun s ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hans Zimmer
  • 2016
    In an interview with BBC News in March 2016, Zimmer said that he was retiring from composing the music for superhero films, saying of Batman v Superman "This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language".
    More Details Hide Details Zimmer lives in Los Angeles with his wife Suzanne, and has four children. Academy Awards Golden Globe Awards Grammy Awards Satellite Award Saturn Awards Classical BRIT Awards WAFCA Awards BFCA Awards DFWFCA Awards World Soundtrack Awards
    He partnered with Junkie XL to compose the music for the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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  • 2014
    Zimmer also composed the music for Christopher Nolan's 2014 film Interstellar, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.
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    Zimmer composed the music for the 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 alongside "The Magnificent Six", which consisted of Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr, Michael Einziger, Junkie XL, Andrew Kawczynski, and Steve Mazzaro.
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    Zimmer composed the Tomorrowland Hymn for the Tomorrowland festival to celebrate its tenth anniversary in July 2014.
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  • 2013
    He co-composed the music for the television series The Bible, which was broadcast in March 2013, with Lorne Balfe and Lisa Gerrard, and the score for 12 Years a Slave, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in March 2014.
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  • 2012
    Zimmer described himself as "devastated" in the aftermath of the 2012 Aurora shooting, which occurred at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, commenting "I just feel so incredibly sad for these people."
    More Details Hide Details He recorded a track entitled "Aurora", a choral arrangement of a theme from the Dark Knight Rises soundtrack, to raise money for the victims of the shooting.
    In 2012, Zimmer composed and produced the music for the 84th Academy Awards with Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes.
    More Details Hide Details He also composed a new version of the theme music for ABC World News. Zimmer also composed the score for The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. The film was released in July 2012.
  • 2010
    In December 2010, Zimmer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details He dedicated the award to his publicist and long term friend Ronni Chasen, who had been shot and killed in Beverly Hills the previous month.
    For the 2010 film Inception, Zimmer used electronic manipulation of the song "Non, je ne regrette rien".
    More Details Hide Details The horn sound in the score, described by Zimmer as "like huge foghorns over a city" became a popular feature in film trailers, with Zimmer commenting "It's funny how that sort of thing becomes part of the zeitgeist. But I suppose that's exactly what trailers are looking for: something iconic, lasts less than a second, and shakes the seats in the theater."
  • 2003
    He has received a range of honors and awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in film Composition from the National Board of Review, the Frederick Loewe Award in 2003 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, and BMI's Richard Kirk Award for lifetime achievement in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Other work in the 2000s included the Spanish language film Casi Divas, Sherlock Holmes, and The Burning Plain (2009). He composed the theme for the television boxing series The Contender, and worked with Lorne Balfe on the music for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which was his first video game project. Zimmer also collaborated with composers Borislav Slavov and Tilman Sillescu to create the score for the video game Crysis 2.
  • 2000
    In October 2000, Zimmer performed live in concert for the first time with an orchestra and choir at the 27th Annual Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent.
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  • 1995
    Zimmer's score for Tony Scott's 1995 film Crimson Tide won a Grammy Award for the main theme, which makes heavy use of synthesizers in place of traditional orchestral instruments.
    More Details Hide Details For The Thin Red Line (1998), Zimmer said that the director Terrence Malick wanted the music before he started filming, so he recorded six and a half hours of music. Zimmer's next project was The Prince of Egypt (1998), which was produced by DreamWorks Animation. He introduced Ofra Haza, an Israeli Yemenite singer, to the directors, and they thought she was so beautiful that they designed one of the characters in the film to look like her. In the 2000s, Zimmer has composed scores for Hollywood blockbuster films including three Ridley Scott films, Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down and Hannibal (2001), followed by The Last Samurai (2003), Madagascar (2005), The Da Vinci Code (2006), The Simpsons Movie (2007), Angels & Demons (2009) and Sherlock Holmes (2009). While writing the score for The Last Samurai, Zimmer felt that his knowledge of Japanese music was extremely limited. He began doing extensive research, but the more he studied, the less he felt he knew. Finally, Zimmer took what he had written to Japan for feedback and was shocked when he was asked how he knew so much about Japanese music.
  • 1994
    On the strength of this work, Walt Disney Animation Studios approached Zimmer to compose the score for the 1994 film The Lion King.
    More Details Hide Details This was to be his first score for an animated film. Zimmer said that he had wanted to go to South Africa to record parts of the soundtrack, but was unable to visit the country as he had a police record there "for doing 'subversive' movies" after his work on The Power of One. Disney studio bosses expressed fears that Zimmer would be killed if he went to South Africa, so the recording of the choirs was organized during a visit by Lebo M. Zimmer won numerous awards for his work on The Lion King, including an Academy Award for Best Original Score, a Golden Globe, and two Grammys. In 1997, the score was adapted into a Broadway musical version which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1998., the musical version of The Lion King is the highest grossing Broadway show of all time, having grossed $853.8 million.
  • 1992
    For the 1992 film The Power of One, Zimmer traveled to Africa in order to use African choirs and drums in the recording of the score.
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  • 1991
    The soundtrack to Ridley Scott's 1991 film Thelma & Louise by Zimmer featured the trademark slide guitar performance by Pete Haycock on the "Thunderbird" theme in the film.
    More Details Hide Details As a teenager, Zimmer was a fan of Haycock, and their collaboration on film scores includes K2 and Drop Zone.
  • 1989
    Zimmer’s score for Rain Man was nominated for an Academy Award in 1989, and the film won four Academy Awards including Best Picture.
    More Details Hide Details A year after Rain Man, Zimmer was asked to compose the score for Bruce Beresford's Driving Miss Daisy which, like Rain Man, won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Driving Miss Daisy’s instrumentation consisted entirely of synthesizers and samplers, played by Zimmer. According to an interview with Sound On Sound magazine in 2002, the piano sounds heard within the score come from the Roland MKS–20, a rackmount synthesizer. Zimmer joked: "It didn't sound anything like a piano, but it behaved like a piano." I can see the pictures. And that's why, in many respects, I know I can talk pictures with Hans.
  • 1988
    A turning point in Zimmer's career occurred with the 1988 film Rain Man.
    More Details Hide Details Hollywood director Barry Levinson was looking for someone to score Rain Man, and his wife heard the soundtrack CD of the anti-Apartheid drama A World Apart, for which Zimmer had composed the music. Levinson was impressed by Zimmer's work, and hired him to score Rain Man. In the score, Zimmer uses synthesizers (mostly a Fairlight CMI) mixed with steel drums. Zimmer explained that "It was a road movie, and road movies usually have jangly guitars or a bunch of strings. I kept thinking don't be bigger than the characters. Try to keep it contained. The Raymond character doesn't actually know where he is. The world is so different to him. He might as well be on Mars. So, why don't we just invent our own world music for a world that doesn't really exist?".
  • 1987
    One of Zimmer's most durable works from his time in the United Kingdom was the theme song for the television game show Going for Gold, which he composed with Sandy McClelland in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with the BBC, Zimmer said: "Going For Gold was a lot of fun. It's the sort of stuff you do when you don't have a career yet. God, I just felt so lucky because this thing paid my rent for the longest time."
    Zimmer acted as score producer for the 1987 film The Last Emperor, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.
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    Zimmer's first solo score was Terminal Exposure for director Nico Mastorakis in 1987, for which he also wrote the songs.
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  • 1985
    In 1985 he contributed to the Shriekback album Oil & Gold.
    More Details Hide Details In 1980 Zimmer co-produced a single, "History of the World, Part 1," with, and for, UK punk band the Damned, which was also included on their 1980 LP release, "The Black Album," and carried the description of his efforts as "Over-Produced by Hans Zimmer." While living in London, Zimmer wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates. In the 1980s, Zimmer partnered with Stanley Myers, a prolific film composer who wrote the scores for over sixty films. Zimmer and Myers co–founded the London–based Lillie Yard recording studio. Together, Myers and Zimmer worked on fusing the traditional orchestral sound with electronic instruments. Some of the films on which Zimmer and Myers worked are Moonlighting (1982), Success is the Best Revenge (1984), Insignificance (1985), and My Beautiful Launderette (1985).
  • 1984
    Both Zimmer (on keyboards) and Cann (on drums), were invited to be part of the Spanish group Mecano for a live performance in Segovia (Spain) in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Two songs from this concert were included in the "Mecano: En Concierto" album released in 1985 only in Spain.
  • 1979
    Zimmer can be seen briefly in the Buggles' music video for the 1979 song "Video Killed the Radio Star".
    More Details Hide Details After working with the Buggles, he started to work for the Italian group Krisma, a new wave band formed in 1976 with Maurizio Arcieri and Christina Moser. He was a featured synthesist for Krisma’s third album, Cathode Mamma. He has also worked with the band Helden (with Warren Cann from Ultravox).
  • 1977
    He worked with the Buggles, a new wave band formed in London in 1977 with Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, and Bruce Woolley.
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  • 1957
    Born on September 12, 1957.
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