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#1 Miguel Andrade

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:13 PM

Some time ago, in a thread I don't recall anymore which was, we talked about this particular picture. I believe his was taken sometime in the late 90's, maybe around 1996 -- please note the book standing on the table... maybe something due to his work on "Rosewood" or "Amistad"?
Anyway, my first recollection of this picture was from an interview from 1999, around the time "Phantom Menace" was released.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:15 PM

Williams uses electricity?! Can't believe he's so reliant on technology. :(

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:26 PM

I think Williams had darker hair than in that photo circa 96/97.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:56 PM

Very cool photo, I love seeing people's work places and "thinking" rooms.

Would be very fascinating to compare the home offices/offices of various composers. One of my all time favorite photographs is actually Joe McNally's of Leonard Bernstein working at his piano in his home office...

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There is so much atmosphere in the image. You can almost taste the fresh air coming into the room through that door as Leonard is working. Probably a top-5 favorite photo of mine.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:02 AM

Someone needs to dig out that hilarious pic of Zimmer's "office".

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:03 AM

An HDR (high dynamic range) photo of Hans Zimmer's Office....
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To be fair it doesn't look quite *as* repulsive in a non-HDR, normal everyday photo:

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It does make me wonder though, as red has been psychologically linked with more aggressive tendencies in a some studies, if the room inspires the more masculine and aggressive sound of Zimmer's music?

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:12 AM

I expect Zimmer to walk out the door of that chamber and for it to be revealed he's on a ship from ******* Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:18 AM

Thanks for sharing, Miguel! He looks pretty weary in that photo, probably a result of it being taken in the middle of a writing period. Blu, the photo of Leonard Bernstein is really neat too. I hope he eventually got a taller stool.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:26 AM

For those curious, this is a free eBook version of the book on Williams' coffee table:

The Book of American Negro Poetry

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 10:25 AM

For those curious, this is a free eBook version of the book on Williams' coffee table:

The Book of American Negro Poetry

http://books.google....id=mx7aehWGOtYC


Yeah, I noticed that book.

I wonder if the picture was taken while he was working on SEVEN FOR LUCK? Perhaps AMISTAD or ROSEWOOD, as Miguel says?

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 10:47 AM

Who cares about Williams' office? Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' office is way better!


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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:15 AM

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:21 PM

I like that one...

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:40 PM

That Kamen pic is oddly arousing...

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:18 PM

That Kamen pic is oddly arousing...


As is Kamen's music.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 07:15 PM

I had not seen this picture before, very happy to see that.

Oh, and what Kamen picture? Did I miss something?

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 07:18 PM

Strange that Williams office does not seem to have any video devices.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 07:38 PM

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It does make me wonder though, as red has been psychologically linked with more aggressive tendencies in a some studies, if the room inspires the more masculine and aggressive sound of Zimmer's music?


Cool office. But i prefer JW's office. It's much more cosy.

Strange that Williams office does not seem to have any video devices.


He has a seperate room for that.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 07:38 PM

Thats not an office, it's a lair!

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 09:28 PM

It's red to hide the blood of butchered music.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 10:31 PM

I like that one...

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Oh, and what Kamen picture? Did I miss something?


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Posted 08 February 2012 - 10:50 PM

Strange that Williams office does not seem to have any video devices.

Williams has said in several interviews that he views the film in a room near his office, and then writes the music from memory in most cases.
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:31 PM

I like the room. Cozy, comfortable. But not cluttered with distractions.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:35 PM

I think Zimmer's trying to compensate for something.
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:39 PM

By comparison Zimmer's does look like a 1970's whore house.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:40 PM

Or the Playboy Mansion. All that red velvet.
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:47 PM

I like Williams's and Bernstein's offices. I wouldn't be able to concentrate to do anything in that room Zimmer has.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:49 PM

Zimmer's always said he tends to procrastinate with all his scores and it takes him forever to get his themes down...looking at his "office", I can see why ;)

But he does have a cool office, I just wouldn't be able to get any composing done in it if I were him!

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:04 AM

Zimmer's office is awesome. Though I'd imagine it might get old pretty quickly. I wouldn't want to be in such a dark room for very often, I need something more cheerful.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:32 AM

Based on this quote from the "80 Reasons why JW is the Man" article, I would guess that the poetry book was for Amistad.

The film's big anthem is Dry Your Tears, Afrika, a life affirming setting of a 1967 poem by Bernard Dadie that mixes 50 authentic voices with strident brass.


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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:46 AM

The booklet of the CD credits Dadie poem. That was the reason why I always believed that the picture is from late '96, early '97.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:16 PM

Some time ago, in a thread I don't recall anymore which was, we talked about this particular picture. I believe his was taken sometime in the late 90's, maybe around 1996 -- please note the book standing on the table... maybe something due to his work on "Rosewood" or "Amistad"?
Anyway, my first recollection of this picture was from an interview from 1999, around the time "Phantom Menace" was released.


There is another pic from his office, from the same point of view, with Williams and I believe Masayo Ishigure (soloist from Memoirs of a Geisha).

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:18 PM

Here's another great one:

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:19 PM

Play misty for me!

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:27 PM

I love the raptor in the background!!

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:28 PM

With Eruh player Karen Han:

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:34 PM

I like how he has shutters to control the amount of light he wants

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:59 PM

Those are quite normal these days Jason. I have them in my kitchen.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:01 PM

I'm not saying its abnormal, I'm just saying I like that's what he chose to use

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:09 PM

Great pictures guys! :) I wonder what music Spielberg and Williams are looking in the one Maurizio posted.

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