Hans Zimmer And Time

Hans Zimmer is sometimes written off as someone who writes music that’s just loud and bombastic. I think there’s more to him than that. In this video essay, I show how he plays with time to create depth and meaning in the contemporary Hollywood environment.

This video was made by Dan Golding: http://www.twitter.com/dangolding

For educational purposes only.


ARE YOU AN ACADEMIC? Do you want to cite a scholarly version of this argument? I am presenting a paper at the ‘Superheroes and Me’ conference on this topic on 8 December 2016: http://www.superheroes-and-me.com


The first video to point out the link between Inception and Non, Je Ne Regret Rien is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVkQ0C4qDvM

I also need to credit the excellent Film Music Notes blog (read it if you like this stuff!) for first pointing out the similarities between Zimmer’s Man of Steel theme and Williams’ Superman: http://www.filmmusicnotes.com/hans-zimmers-score-for-man-of-steel/

Archival footage:

The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8r-tXRLazs
Hans Zimmer talks The Dark Knight Rises: http://soundworkscollection.com/videos/darkknightrises
Hans Zimmer: the making of Interstellar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_8t2VlwK4w
Hans Zimmer – Live On Tour 2017 | Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiNMagsSGTk
Hans Zimmer – Making Of INCEPTION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1FIv7rFbv4

Film excerpts from:

All That Heaven Allows, Douglas Sirk, 1955
The Searchers, John Ford, 1956
Vivre Sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard, 1962
2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, 1968
Superman, Richard Donner, 1978
Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988
Batman, Tim Burton, 1989
In The Mood For Love, Wong Kar-Wai, 2000
Memento, Christopher Nolan, 2000
La Vie en Rose, Olivier Dahan, 2007
Inception, Christopher Nolan, 2010
The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan, 2012
Man of Steel, Zack Snyder, 2013
Interstellar, Christopher Nolan, 2014

All films and music owned by their respective rights holders.

Video by Dan Golding