Interview: 'Man of Steel' Composer Hans Zimmer on Hearing Colors
by Alex Billington
June 13, 2013
"He sees colors, I hear colors." One of my own favorite composers, and another person I love talking with. A few weeks ago, I got to sit down with composer Hans Zimmer for a lengthy discussion about making the new Superman score for Man of Steel, as well as originality and his working process. This is the third time I've talked with him, but it turned out even better than I hoped. He covers everything about Man of Steel and his work over the last few years including The Dark Knight, referencing John Williams, Chris Nolan and how he hears "colors" when coming up with music. It's a riveting and enlightening in-depth 25 minute chat with a legendary composer who has the remarkable talent of creating exhilarating scores. Watch below.
This interview was conducted on the Warner Bros lot inside the legendary Eastwood Scoring Stage, where the score for Man of Steel was recorded. I was Mr. Zimmer's last interview of the day and he was very tired.
Watch my 2013 interview with Man of Steel composer Hans Zimmer, recorded in Los Angeles:
Here's an embed of Zimmer's track "DNA" from the Man of Steel score to listen to while reading/watching:
Thank you to Hans Zimmer for his time, as well as ID PR for arranging and Warner Bros for my travel to Los Angeles. For as long as I can remember I've been a fan of Hans Zimmer's scores and I'm always, always truly honored to interview him. I really enjoyed speaking with him openly for such a long time, as I felt like he gave us a rare glimpse into the mind of a genius. I wanted to explore his process and how it has evolved and how he works today to create such exciting cinematic music and yet stay original and unique every time. Zimmer's Man of Steel soundtrack is now available (the Limited Deluxe Edition contains "Hans' Original Sketchbook") on Amazon or iTunes, and can be streamed through Spotify. Or hear it in the movie this week.
Warner Bros' Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder, arrives in theaters everywhere this week, starting June 14th. See the final trailer here and catch the superhero movie in IMAX 3D and regular theaters everywhere.
"You only get to do a Superman movie once in your life."
Nick Sears on Jun 13, 2013
Hearing colours is real. It's a mental disorder called "Synesthesia" // Thanks AB.
DAVIDPD on Jun 13, 2013
Awesome wonderful interview Alex thanks for that
N. on Jun 13, 2013
The listened to the entire soundtrack. Ultimately forgettable like the film itself. Yes, I saw the film at a screening.
Cloud Atlas on Jun 13, 2013
Why was the movie forgettable? Could you just explain a lil bit? Im about to see if in a few hours. Was really looking forward to it...
toksin on Jun 13, 2013
You sound like a hater. Movie may be crap but the score is great.
Jo on Jun 14, 2013
This man is a pure genius
Bob on Jun 14, 2013
This man is everything but original. Especially recently. He has a sound, a way of composing, and he tries to fit a movie into that bubble. The music is servicable in MOS, but it sounds like a generic blockbuster score. With its long whole note loud blasts, 2-note motifs, and ostinatos everywhere, it's the same as usual for Zimmer. I'm ok with that, if that's the sound the director wants. But to call music like this original? And Zimmer a genius? Lets take it easy.
MD on Jun 14, 2013
Zimmer is hired for the type of music he creates, that larger than life sound. It doesn't make him any less of a genius, not to mention that he is probably the most humble guy working in Hollywood. Just wait until he pulls the rug out from under everyone and works with someone like Greenwood.
Don Klos on Jun 19, 2013
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