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Learn to compose film scores from Hans Zimmer!

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5 hours ago, Thor said:

 

Well, maybe the place has changed recently on this issue, I don't know. I don't read as many threads as you guys. But I've always felt the majority has been Zimmer-critical. In fact, in most cases it's the minority who has stood up to defend him (people like Kaya and myself, for example), and I've found myself just dropping out of threads altogether because it's become tiresome. It doesn't really have anything to do with 'demonizing', it just describes a bias (or anti-bias), that's all. Just as you would describe FSM as a pro-Goldsmith board.

 

You mean Koray, not Kaya.  Two VERY different people.

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8 hours ago, Blumenkohl said:

Is it possible it's because no one would actually pay you anyway?

 

If I thought I could get money for this shit you think I'd be wasting my time here?

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On 11/22/2016 at 5:45 PM, Thor said:

Sorry, yes. Koray, I met at our Boston gathering. His brother, I haven't met yet.

Close enough!

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I'd actually be interested in those classes but since I'm not planning on composing I'm not inclined to spend the money on it. Here's hoping there will be 'bootlegs' one day.

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On 26-11-2016 at 9:18 PM, Koray Savas said:

Close enough!

 

Are you warning us against your brother?

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Nice little interview with Zimmer for Inverse promoting his Master Class online lessons
 

Some quotes I found interesting:

 

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I spent months trying to come up with something for Ben. The Batman that I know and the one I learned is the one that Christian did, and Ben plays it differently. And I can’t quite shake that off. For me, the Christian Bale character was always completely unresolved. It was always about that moment at the beginning of the first movie, where he sees his parents getting killed. It was basically arrested development. The Ben character is more middle-aged; he seems to be grumpy as hell, but I didn’t feel the pain that I felt in Christian’s performance. And it was that pain that made me interested.

 

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I think the next big trend — and it really is happening already — is just people writing far more individualistic scores and breaking new ground constantly. If you listen to people like Johan Johansson, the borders between film music and popular music and classical music, all those walls are just coming down. And the walls between technology and people who went to music academy as opposed to people who are just incredibly passionate about music, all those walls are coming down. Look at what Johnny Greenwood is scoring. He’s in Radiohead, but he’s one of the greatest film composers out there. He’s a composer-in-residence at the BBC. There’s a guy who is comfortable in all fields.

 

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I’ll give you an example of something I’d love to do over: As Good As It Gets, the Jim Brooks movie. When we previewed it, there wasn’t music over the first scene, so people didn’t know it was a comedy. And Jack’s outrageous performance, like putting the dog down the garbage chute, all that stuff, you could just hear a collective jaw drop from the audience because they didn’t know if it was funny or just the most brutal thing they’d ever seen. And I put a little bit of music at the beginning, just to let them know it was a comedy, and I wish I hadn’t. It was great when it was unmitigatingly tough.

 

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Nice to hear that Zimmer is a Johannsson and Greenwood fan.

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Why? Does that give his music any new qualities for you to enjoy?

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No. But it's nice to hear someone you admire, express fondness for others you admire. Makes him more relatable to me, I suppose. And you could even say it offers a certain insight into his own philosophy and approach to music, given the backgrounds of the aforementioned composers.

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That's a dangerous path to take, intellectually.

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I actually bought the zimmer masterclass online. And it's pretty interesting :)

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Seems like those would be pretty neat, if for nothing else than to gain some insight into the specific artist's thoughts and processes. I would probably try a few out if I could afford to splurge. I see Steve Martin's got one coming on comedy...that would probably be super interesting, actually.

 

Let us know what you think of Z's class when you finish!

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