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One of the most popular film composers right now is Hans Zimmer. If you watch “Video Killed The Radio Star”, you can actually see him playing keyboards in that video. He is sometimes referred to as the rock star composer, Zimmer creates unique sounds and themes within his scores. The bombastic style that he creates can be heard in films like The Rock, Black Hawk Down, Batman v Superman, Dunkirk and Inception.

Zimmer’s style makes him a perfect choice for large summer tentpole movies like Pirates, The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel. Yet, he bounces back with subtler styles in films like 12 Years A Slave, Hidden Figures and Frost/Nixon. You have most likely played video games that had his compositions like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Crysis 2.

Zimmer like many of his predecessors has his own style and sound. Some may call him the Jerry Goldsmith of the new generation of composers. He knows how to convey style, substance, and emotion in his scores. Recently, he commented that he is no longer scoring comic book films, this will allow him to focus on more emotional and stylistic endeavors.


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