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Who Really Created The 'Inception' BRAAAM? Composer Mike Zarin Sets The Record Straight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 1:18 PM
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It has become nearly omnipresent in blockbuster trailers, it was the defining characteristic of a major movie campaign, it has become as recognizable as any piece of score or movie music, and you know it as one single, stomach rumbling note: BRAAAM! Ever since it accented the mysterious world Christopher Nolan was conjuring for "Inception," there has been an equally enigmatic air surrounding just who is the true creator of this dark musical motif. Most of us assumed we had it figured out when Hans Zimmer shared last week how the sound was created, along with his disdain for its overuse in movie spots. But his involvement is just a small part of a much bigger story. And composer and sound design Mike Zarin, after reading Zimmer's comments, reached out to us to finally clear the air on how the BRAAAM was made and the journey it took through the advertising campaign for "Inception." And how should he know? Because Mike Zarin created it.

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