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Inception (Music from the Motion Picture)

Hans Zimmer

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Between 1988 and 2010, composer Hanz Zimmer has had a hand in nearly every major action film, whether it’s him behind the keys or one of his numerous, Remote Control Productions (formerly known as Media Ventures) protégés like John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams, or Klaus Badelt. His excellent work on director Christopher Nolan’s 2008 international blockbuster The Dark Knight, was disqualified for Oscar consideration due to too many cooks (composers) in the kitchen, a handicap that doesn’t apply to Nolan’s 2010 follow-up, Inception. Zimmer’s signature move, a four- to eight-chord round that builds from a subtle breeze to an F5 tornado, serves as the foundation for Inception’s dizzying score, and the addition of Smiths/Cribs guitarist Johnny Marr, who appears on eight of the twelve cuts, dutifully expands the layers of Zimmer’s melodies, much like the dream building that occurs onscreen. There are moments that bring to mind Vangelis' moody, jazz-kissed work on Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, but Inception's backbone is pure Zimmer. It’s beautiful and heroic, unhinged and unspeakably melancholy, and the finest and most fully realized soundtrack this prolific composer has crafted to date.

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Epic and Outstanding.

It's fair to say that this amazing film "Inception" is the best one I have ever seen, and I don't mean it in a "I like it now but will probably get bored of it" way but I love it in a way that I will never forget this film. Hans Zimmer (who also contributed to the soundtrack of "The Pacific") doesn't fail to disappoint me and listening to the epic tones of his tunes I just have to close my eyes and imagine an epic journey in my mind. Fantastic film, and a fantastic soundtrack. My favourite is "Dream Is Collapsing". Truly epic. And highlights include "Dream Is Collapsing", "Time" and "Dream Within A Dream".

Worth listening to

This soundtrack conveys an epic scope and has a great depth of emotion. It is able to create atmosphere and mood very well and Zimmer is to be commended. It's a quite focused soundtrack, instrumentally and thematically, with a lot of great development of the ideas which really helps to tell the story.

"Half Remembered Dream" and "We Built Our Own World" accurately set the mood for the rest of the soundtrack, with a depth of material which is continuously revisited. "Dream Is Collapsing" introduces the thick chord progression which give a sense of urgency and this idea is developed with a different pace in "Radical Notion". "Old Souls" conveys a sense of stillness and demonstrates how far a little material goes while maintaining interest. There is a growing tension throughout "528491" which builds to a great climax at the end of the track. "Mombasa" gives the feeling of action in an important mission. The sonority of "One Simple Idea" relates back to what was conveyed in "Old Souls", adding a new level of development. "Dream Within a Dream" returns to the material from "Dream Is Collapsing", now with a greater sense of urgency, and further elaborates on the feeling of stillness created earlier. The track "Waiting for a Train" once again relates to the feeling of "We Built Our Own World" but eventually builds to a fantastic climax at the end, where the epic chord progression is heard in full. "Paradox" is a beautiful reflection on the material first introduced in "We Built Our Own World" but ends with a much darker tone. Finally, "Time" further develops this reflection idea to a new, deeper level of emotional depth with a climax of texure before fading to just the piano.

In all this soundtrack is superbly written and does a lot with a few simple ideas. Although its nature remains very serious and even 'dark' for its entire duration, the development of the recognisable sounds throughout is memorable and very well-crafted. I would highly recommend it for any listener.

Heaps Good!

Saw trailer in Cinema and music sounded awesome. So bought soundtrack thinking Hans Zimmer could't screw up a soundtrack if he tried. How true absolutely sensational soundtrack. Essentially a classical soundtrack. Music is deeply moving. Very powerful, the senses flow between the peaks and various movements. The bass line OMG! Beware if you have good speakers the bass in this soundtrack will shock, in a good way... for those who don't beg steal or borrow somebodies speakers! Unlikely to see movie (due to a certain actor) but one of the best soundtracks in my collection, listened to this 10+ times already and not sick of it even although some of the tracks have some repeating themes, but there is enough variety to enjoy every song. A nice french surprise in one track

Biography

Born: 12 September 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Hans Zimmer was born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany; after relocating to London as a teen, he later wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates, and in 1980 collaborated with the Buggles on their LP The Age of Plastic and its accompanying hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." A stint with Ultravox followed before Zimmer next surfaced with the Italian avant-garde group Krisma; he then formed a partnership...
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