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There’s little breathing room on Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s brilliantly conceived soundtrack for The Dark Knight. Just like Heath Ledger’s totally psycho portrayal of The Joker, almost every track is heavy, dense, and claustrophobic. Zimmer is a sucker for industrial music and dark electronics, both of which creep their way into “Agent of Chaos” and the violently rhythmic “Why So Serious?” Even the reflective orchestral offerings are smeared in grim textures and dystopian murk. Definitely file under “uneasy listening.”

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Dialogues from the movie are titles of the various songs...

Okay, as a 7th grade arts student, I have to say...the use of violins and drums dramatically enhances the soundtrack, and most definitely builds the tension. The simple, yet complex tracks will amaze you, with their dark undertones, and variable tempos. Please, do not go jogging in the dark with these eerie sounds, as the dynamics will shock you. I even let out a little scream myself. But really, folks! This is a great soundtrack for a contemporary routine, or even a dark jazz number. "Aggressive Expansion" takes the "cape"(all pun intended) for me! Enjoy!


I saw the movie. I stayed through the credits. The music complimented the film magnificently. And listening to the OST in the car provided great sense memory. I just have to remember that the Saturn is not the Batmobile.


Whoa! This is a very suiting soundtrack that perfectly matches the movie and brings out the full emotion of it with its low strings and drums. Hans and James have done an amazing job with it. Themes like the Joker's in "Why so Serious" are so creatively done and really compliment the characters, (especially the Joker.) Good Job on this score.


Born: September 12, 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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