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The Dark Knight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

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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.

Customer Reviews

Holy Great Album Batman!

This album is, like Zimmer and Howard's "Batman Begins", utter brilliant. Danny Elfman's scores for the first two Batman films were awesome but the two new compsoers have done a really good job of taking Nolan's new modern day Batman into out times. A great album for diehard fans but if you hated the "Begins OST" (which was awesome and get's better with each new play) and long for the more brash themes Elfman created you'll hate this. 10/10

Amazing movie = amazing score

I really don't know what to say. Nolan's made a masterpiece of a movie and both Zimmer and Howard have done an incredible score to go along with it. A must buy.

Best soundtrack of the year to go with best blockbuster : )

Fantastic follow up to 2005s Batman Begins soundtrack. Zimmer and Howard reunite and beautifully evolve character themes and maintain the brooding feel that perfectly portrays Batman as a character. Brilliant stuff, Well worth a buy

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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