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Comments about the soundtrack for Madagascar (Hans Zimmer)

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Re: Hans Zimmer has just become lazy
• Posted by: F.R.E.A.K.
• Date: Friday, May 27, 2005, at 11:09 a.m.
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• In Response to: Hans Zimmer has just become lazy (art)

Harry Gregson-Williams by now has nothing to do with Hans, I mean they are just friends, he moved from Media Ventures/(today I guess it's called)Remote Control since years, and now he has his own beautiful and huge studio complex, same with John Powell, Mark Mancina etc. it's just a mistake made by most of the critics/reviewers that are keep saying 'a new score from the MV group' each time when they release a new score, even the better sites keep mentioning that they were came from Media Ventures, which is in my oppinion totally useless by now, yes they were once there, but actually the best ones like John Powell and Gregson-Williams were never the follower of the 'famous' Media Ventures sound, they helped Hans to create that sound from the begining, and they did a great job, what makes it 'irritating' nowdays for some people is that it is overused by those who can't use that trademark sound with quality and creativity.
I dont think Zimmer switched with him because he was lazy, actually I can think of two options:
1. Hans has at least 1 epic score almost every year and may be he was tired(bored) to do another one 'right after' King Arthur, honestly I can understand him and an animation movie from the creator of Shrek probably seemed a pleasent change for him.
2. In the other hand, Gregson-Williams has the same with animation movies(one per every year), and of course his name is BIG (well deserved though) nowdays, a Ridley Scott movie (even if it's not his most creative and best) is still a new step for him, and I guess Hans gave him the chance, he has done that many times with fellow composers.

'It seems every score he does now he never does alone but gets all
the credit.'

Actually it has nothing to do with lazyness either, he just gives chances for younger composers and he loves to be around with other composers when he is working (not every composer likes to be lonely). His collaboration with
Newton-Howard is a good example for that, good people can inspire each others.
And watch the End Credits after the film, or read the Cd texts, everybody ALWAYS gets his credit, even if a coffey-man farts at the recording session and it can be heard on the album, you will find his name ...

About his music, I think Hans's last GREAT year was 2001 or 2002 with
Pearl Harbor/BHD/Hannibal, for me since then he has lost something, I am not sure what it is but I hope/believe he will soon get it back, creative people can have bad/not great periods that can last for years.

For Gregson-Williams or John Powell I don't think they will ever escape from the 'Media Ventures' mark, and I don't think they care about it, they are two relatively young genious composers with great future, and we must thank Hans for that.


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