Many folks take Zimmer for granted as a big-studio mainstream composer, but the German musician is worth a closer listen. Last year he took me on a tour of his sprawling Santa Monica recording studio, which is home to other musicians and collaborators. Even though Zimmer was a tad more pressured for time, we recently sat down again for a flip cam chat (below) about his layered, lush Inception score. The music helps to pull the viewer through the movie's maze, providing signposts of meaning.
We talked, among other things, about Zimmer's slowed-down use of the Edith Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" and his anxiety attack before a rare act of public bravado when he and guitarist Johnny Marr performed live with a 26-piece orchestra at the Inception premiere after-party. "It became more and more of an electronic score," he says. "Just like Chris was inventing the world, I was inventing the sounds for it...We needed to offset the intellectual conceits with an emotional throughline."
Part One: Anxious about the live concert, coming up with surprises for the DVD, working on James Brooks' How Do You Know.
Part Two: The technology of slowing down the Edith Piaf song.
Part Four: Oscar eligibility issues.
The slowed down Je Ne Regrette Rien: