From Rain Man to The Lion King or Black Rain, Backdraft and Thelma & Louise, Hans Zimmer's career has been that of a shooting star.
Hans was born in 1957 in Frankfurt. He was introduced to music at a very early age: when he was three, he attended classical concerts and began practicing on the family piano. Within two weeks of having started lessons, his piano teacher gave up trying. At six, Hans already knew "he wanted to become a composer".
Twenty years later, after having studied in England, Hans Zimmer joined Air Edel to write advertising jingles. He made an acquaintance there that would later turn out to be his ticket to entry in the music world. His name was Stanley Myers. He recalls: "I was his assistance, and thanks to him I really learned to appreciate all the various aspects of orchestral music. Actually all the films Stanley did not have the time to work on, I would begin for him." Hans Zimmer explains how from then on he was attracted to synthetic music: "I think", he says, "because I come from the rock and roll world that I am not a classical musician. In such a world it is considered a good idea to make use of technology. Indeed, it is difficult to harbour an orchestra at home, and yet that is exactly what you can do by using technology. Besides, all that is very easy for me: some may have no affinity with computers, whereas I am on rather good terms with all these machines". (laughs)
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Recorded at The Snake Ranch and Air Studios / Lyndhurst, London
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