I've had dealings with Hans and his business partner Steve K. in the past, and the one thing that I can tell you is that Hans doesn't mince words. If he has an opinion, he will let you know. He's not an asshole, he's just direct. And that's not such a bad thing, especially in Hollywood.
Hans has been an innovator and someone to be looked up to by would-be composers for decades. Something he prides himself in. If there is a composer who would foster others and give them advice, it would be he. He has even begun development on a soon-to-be-released percussion sample library for those same aspiring composers. However, it seems that Mr. Zimmer isn't happy about all forms of plagiarism.
It's no small surprise that once Hollywood finds a proverbial cart laden with golden ingots, they drive it into the ground. Just take a look at Clint Mansell's "Lux Æterna" from "Requiem for a Dream" and John Murphy's "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)." These are just a few examples. Well, there is a new kid in town.
Some call it the Inception fart noise, some the BOMMMMM noise, but a recent trend has arisen in trailers for upcoming films. It seems that the BRAAAMs (as they've come to be known) that he developed for Inception are now everywhere. And he's not terribly pleased about it.
“Oh, it's horrible!” he told Vulture. “This is a perfect example of where it all goes wrong. That music became the blueprint for all action movies, really. And if you get too many imitations, even I get confused!” While he states that he has "a degree" of control as to when or where it's sampled, he does share how he wound up creating the sound to begin with. Listen up aspiring composers, here within lies a key ingredient to success.
“That sound was in the script,” Zimmer said, alluding to the fact that it's something of a super slowed down version of Edith Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," the "kick" song in the film. “I remember before we made the movie, Chris and I were in London at the 'Sherlock Holmes' premiere, and of course it ends up with the two of us in the corner somewhere talking about the movie we're about to make while everyone else is around us at the premiere going wild. We’re such party animals. And I said, 'I'll tell you what, let's just go and book a studio and get a couple of brass players.' The sound, really, is that I put a piano in the middle of a church and I put a book on the pedal, and these brass players would basically play into the resonance of the piano. And then I added a bit of electronic nonsense. But really, it just came from saying, 'Let's experiment.'”
One thing is certain. Never put it past Hollywood to revive and destroy any film or television show from your childhood, and never put it past them to use the same motif in 1500 movie trailers before moving on to the next sound or song that will be pelted into our popcorn-munching brains.