Hans Zimmer and Rodrigo y Gabriela Will Score 'On Stranger Tides'
by Ethan Anderton
February 22, 2011
With musicians like Daft Punk scoring Tron Legacy and Chemical Brothers composing music for Hanna, today's most talented names in music are moving into the realm of motion picture scores. Now we can add another to the list as Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films have just revealed that composer Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Dark Knight) will work with Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela to compose the score for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in the blockbuster franchise. As a huge fan of this amazing duo, this is some of the best news I've heard in a long time.
The soundtrack itself will be released on May 17, 2011, just a few days before the film hits theaters on May 20th. Mitchell Leib, President of Music and Soundtracks at Disney says, "We’d always felt it a creative necessity that the Pirates of the Caribbean 4 score have an original sound all its own and to distinguish itself from the first three films. With the inspiring addition of Rodrigo y Gabriela’s unique artistry under the direction of maestro Hans ‘Long John’ Zimmer, this iconic score franchise take its next step forward with an imaginative, fresh and individual new sound.” Clearly the most important fact here is that Hans Zimmer's nickname is apparently "Long John." Honestly, I'm not sure I want to know why.
Anyway, having Rodrigo y Gabriela involved with this film's score is really the only news that has me excited for this sequel. If you're not familiar with their music, I wholly suggest taking a listen to tracks like Diablo Rojo or if you're looking for a more familiar tune to ease into their musical style, you can check out their instrumental cover of Stairway to Heaven. Combine their great musical talent with the amazing skills of Hans Zimmer and we have a winner. What do you think?