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Hans Zimmer’s All-Star Academy Awards® Band to release collection on iTunes

  • By Oscar Insider
  • Feb. 27th, 2012


Beverly Hills, CA – A new compilation of music centered around Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer’s theme for this year’s Oscar® telecast will be downloadable from iTunes right after the show. Titled “The 84th Academy Awards – Celebrate the Music,” the collection includes the show’s musical theme plus six unique, inventive interpretations of his theme by other artists, and a moving “In Memoriam” choral rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”

In addition to both of the 84th Academy Awards music directors – Zimmer and musician/producer/composer Pharrell Williams (of The Neptunes) – the extraordinary group of international artists who contributed their talents includes: percussionist/drummer/composer Sheila E.; Grammy-winning double bass player/singer Esperanza Spalding; guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel, who wrote and played the soundtrack for “Midnight in Paris”; three-time Oscar-winning composer Giorgio Moroder; two-time Oscar winning composer/musician A.R. Rahman; violin/cello virtuosi Ann Marie Calhoun and Martin Tillman; Dutch hit remixer/ composer/electronic musician Junkie XL; and multiple Grammy-winning British musician/producer Peter Asher.

Each musician created their own piece of music inspired by or derived from Zimmer’s basic thematic framework. The compilation of these unique interpretations of the theme will be available for download from iTunes.com/oscars at 9 p.m. Pacific Time tonight. All proceeds will benefit music-related programs at the future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The credits and details of the tracks include:

The 84th Academy Awards – Celebrate the Music

“Celebrate the Oscars”

[Written by Hans Zimmer]

Stephane Wrembel – Guitar solo

Sheila E. – Percussion

Ann Marie Calhoun – Violin

Martin Tillman – Cello

Produced by Hans Zimmer

“It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got Pharrell”

[Written by Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer]

Recorded by Mike Larson for i am OTHER entertainment at Circle House Studios, Miami, FL.

Assisted by Matthew Desremeaux and Gennaro Schiano. Digital Editing and Arrangement by Mike Larson.

Produced by Pharrell Williams for The Neptunes.

“Sunrise on Bleecker Street”

[Written by Esperanza Spalding and Hans Zimmer]

Esperanza Spalding – double bass and vocal

J.R. Robinson – Drums

Satnam Ramgotra – Percussion and Human Beatbox

Dan Higgins – Soprano Saxophone

Ann Marie Calhoun – Violin

George Doering – Guitar

Randy Kerber – Keyboard

Arranged by Esperanza Spalding

Produced by Peter Asher

“Giorgio’s New Dancing Shoes”

[Written by Giorgio Moroder and Hans Zimmer]

Arranged by Giorgio Moroder

Special Thanks: Sheila E. and Junkie XL

Produced by Giorgio Moroder


[Written by Junkie XL and Hans Zimmer]

Arranged and remixed by Junkie XL @ the Computer Hell Cabin Santa Monica

Produced by Junkie XL

“Bump The E.”

[Written by Sheila E. and Hans Zimmer]

Featuring Sheila E.

Arranged and remixed by Sheila E.

All drums and percussion by Sheila E.

Engineer: Sir Mychael Davison

Recorded at at Blue 52 Studios, Sherman Oaks, CA

Production & Studio Manager: Raymond Mckinley

Assistant: Ia Cheveres

Managers: Lynn Mabry & Gilbert Davison Avid, Brian Carter

Thank you to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hans you and your staff are amazing. It has been an honor to work with you. The biggest hearts ever! God bless

Produced by Sheila E.

“Oscar Sangamam (ஆஸ்கார் சங்கமம்)”

[Written by A.R. Rahman and Hans Zimmer]

Featuring A.R. Rahman on vocal.

Arranged by A. R. Rahman

Recorded at Panchathan Hollywood Studios and AM Studios

Sound Engineers: Deepak Pa, Srinidhi Suresh, Tony Joy and Kevin Doucette

Vocals, Harpejji and Continuum Fingerboard: A.R. Rahman

Produced by A. R. Rahman

“What a Wonderful World”

[George David Weiss & Bob Thiele – Range Road Music Inc. & Quartet Music Inc. – George George David Weiss, Assigned to Abilene Music Inc.]

Sung by Esperanza Spalding with the Southern California Children’s Chorus conducted by Carol Aspling

Additional choir – The KMMusic Conservatory Chamber Choir (recorded at Yashraj Studios, Mumbai, India

Additional singers - Sally Stevens, Teri Koide, Susie Logan, Donna Medine, Suzanne Waters, Gerald White, Fletcher Sheridan, Eric Bradley and Peter Asher

Arranged by Nick Glennie-Smith

Produced by Hans Zimmer and Peter Asher

Album Produced by: Peter Asher

Music Supervisor: Bob Badami

Musical Director: Nick Glennie-Smith

Music Production Services: Steven Kofsky

Associate Music Producer: Andrew Zack

Technical Consultant: Chuck Choi

Music Editor: Jessica Weiss

Sound Engineers: Slamm Andrews, Daniel Kresco and Satoshi Noguchi

Album Mixed By: Daniel Kresco

Assistant Engineer: Christian Wenger

Orchestrators: Bruce Fowler and Rick Giovinazzo

Copyist: Booker White

Digital Instrument Design: Mark Wherry

Sample Library Development: Cladius Bruese, Sam Estes and Michael Hobe

Album Mastered by: Pat Sullivan of Bernie Grundman Mastering

Studio: Remote Control Productions, Santa Monica, California


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Didn't notice a thing even after they spotlighted the musicians in the balcony... Though I recognized the female violinist; she was part of the Sherlock Holmes soundtrack:


And some more music from HZ:




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In it's own right I'm sure the music is fine, but it's modernism clashed very awkwardly with the old fashion class that the rest of the ceremony tried to establish.

That said, I would probably get this if money wasn't a factor.

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The theme sounds like a cross over of Mombasa/Sherlock Holmes (but completely recked with Inception synths), modernized Lion King progressions and of course the usual Thin Red Line stuff...

Hey, who needs to listen to the music when you can play it!!!!


That gave me a good laugh.

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Fair enough, but thats a lot of rest for the trumpets. Doug Adams posted that pic up btw and I just found it amusing.

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A snapshot of the first page of one instrument's music doesn't accurately represent the entire score...

Sorry, but I have seen a lot of Hans Zimmer's scores on papers and he's a master of rests :).

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