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Editors’ Notes

Director Christopher Nolan claims one of the chief reasons he’s continued his association with the reborn Batman franchise was the dank, emotionally brooding musical tapestry that Hans Zimmer conjured for 2005’s Batman Begins. In keeping with the elevated ambitions and even longer thematic shadows of this muscular sequel, the composer — this time in collaboration with mulitple Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (and an assist from Zimmer protege Lorne Balfe) — ups the superhero soundtrack stakes accordingly with another bleak, modernistic soundscape that distances itself even more aggressively from Danny Elfman’s previous orchestral heroics. Skillfully utilizing the seamless fusion of the synthetic and organic that’s become Zimmer’s hallmark, the score’s textures and moods snake eerily from electronic sound washes reminiscent of Tangerine Dream to nervously pulsing minimalist rhythms and more traditional symphonic brass flourishes. It’s a soundtrack that largely eschews familiar themes and motifs for ominous, challenging mood pieces, nigh perfect sonic embroidery for the year’s darkest box office contender.

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The Dark Knight is GREAT

Another great follow up to batman begins. I really enjoy the pairs work on this as it compliments the visuals on the film and it also makes for a great listen on cd. Here are some examples of great tracks to listen to: Track 1 - Appears in the opening bank robbery scene and sets the tone of the film. It is ambient and dirty sounding industrial sounding, appropriate for the joker Track 2 - Appears in the Hong Kong segment - first introduction of the extended/new batman theme (see around 5 minute mark). It also incorporates some familiar batman begins themes Track 3 - Mainly involved in the court room scenes/mob guys getting arrested, another appropriate theme for Harvey Dents character, haunting Track 8 - Supposedly the bat pod chase, but it is found at the final climatic scene where batman is stopping the joker from the blowing up the ferrys. It structure is similar to Molossus from batman begins, but uses the new batman theme. Track 14 - Best of track, starts around the two face segment near the end of the film. Contains the full performance of the new batman theme. This music compliments the new world of batman perfectly and highly enjoyable listen

Amazing!!!

The music is a great follow up to the music Batman Begins. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have done an excellent job of this soundtrack. I bought the CD, and have already listened to it atleast twenty times :) Why So Serious: A good introduction to the soundtrack, easy to listen to with great sounds I'm Not A Hero: A sadder, more complex piece of music, very enjoyable to listen to. Harvey Two-Face: I found this one a little less interesting to listen to, not sure why, just not as interesting for me :) Agressive Expansion: Very good Always a Catch: This music is very 'detailed' and, again, complex. A good, short piece of music. Blood on My Hands: Not my favourite, its very quiet with a touch of sadness to it. A Little Push: I really enjoy A Little Push, the music is very interesting because there are all different styles to it. Like a Dog Chasing Cars: SO GOOD! I Am The Batman: A nice and short piece of music And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad: AMAZING! One of my favourite, I love the beat in the middle Agent of Chaos: Long, but good Introducing A Little Anarchy: THE BEST piece of music on the soundtrack Watch The World Burn: Good, a slower piece of music. Not my favourite but still worth listening to A Dark Knight: Very long but interesting.

Extraordinary

I watched the movie few days ago and thought this is the Best movie for 2008. I've been a massive Batman Fan since I was 7, heard a lot reviews that its been given 5 Stars, I give it 10. Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker was just Incredible. The Music on this Album is superb. Hans Zimmer has created another Fantastic score to the film.

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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