Friday, December 16, 2011

Zimmer & Friends

The majority of film music of the past few decades has certainly been impacted by the creation of Remote Control Productions.  Originally named Media Ventures and started by Hans Zimmer and Jay Rifkin, the composers and arrangers now came from varied backgrounds of composition or performance.  They also come from all nationalities.  The assemblage of talented musicians hasn’t had the effect the RCP has since the days of the studio system.  They have recorded and mixed their scores at their Remote Control Productions studio in Santa Monica.  Recently they’ve added video games into their mix, and with just films they continue to churn out a massive amount of scores.

One of the most interesting things about these lists is that you see a person rise from assistant to additional composer to orchestrator to conductor to arranger to composer.  And that is what is best about this group.  Many of these composers get their own scores and eventually receive more credit (see Steve Jablonsky, Lorne Balfe, Heitor Pereira, Ramin Djawadi, Henry Jackman).  For many of those ‘solo scores’, Zimmer is a producer.

I have selected a highlight scores from Remote Control Productions, including those rising stars and repeating names.

SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009)*Oscar nominated score
Score: Hans Zimmer
Additional Music: Lorne Balfe
Conductor: Gavin Greenaway
Orchestrator: Alejandro de la Llosa, Bruce Fowler, Rick Giovinazzo, Kevin Kaska
Featured Soloist: Atli Örvarsson
Score Coordinator: Andrew Zack
Music Produced: Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
Score Wrangler: Bob Badami

THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)
Score: Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
Additional Music: Lorne Balfe
Conductor: Matt Dunkley, Bruce Fowler, Gavin Greenaway
Orchestrator: Jeff Atmajian, Brad Dechter, Elizabeth Finch, Bruce Fowler, Walt Fowler, Kevin Kaska, Randy Kerber, Chris Lord, Yvonne S. Moriarty
Ambient Music Designer: Mel Wesson
Technical Score Engineer: Chris Bacon
Synthesizer Programmer: Henry Jackman, Hans Zimmer
Musicians include: Hans Zimmer, Heitor Pereira, James Newton Howard
Score Production Coordinator: Andrew Zack

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN AT WORLD'S END (2007)
Score: Hans Zimmer
Additional Music: Tom Gire, Lorne Balfe, Nick Glennie-Smith, Henry Jackman, John Sponsler, Geoff Zanelli, Atli Örvarsson
Conductor: Matt Dunkley, Nick Glennie-Smith, Blake Neely
Orchestrator: Steve Bartek, Elizabeth Finch, Bruce Fowler (supervising), Walt Fowler, Penka Kouneva, Ken Kugler, Yvonne S. Moriarty
Musicians include: Heitor Pereira, James S. Levine
Ambient Music Designer: Mel Wesson
Music Supervisor: Bob Badami

BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
Score: Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
Additional Music: Ramin Djawadi, Mel Wesson
Conductor: Gavin Greenaway
Orchestrator: Pete Anthony, Brad Dechter, Bruce Fowler
Music Programmer: Lorne Balfe

THE ISLAND (2005)
Score: Steve Jablonsky
Additional Music: Ramin Djawadi, Clay Duncan, Trevor Morris, Blake Neely
Arranger: Ryeland Allison, Ramin Djawadi, Clay Duncan
Conductor: Alastair King, Blake Neely
Orchestrator: Elizabeth Finch, Bruce Fowler, Rick Giovinazzo, Ladd McIntosh, Yvonne S. Moriarty
Music Programmer: Ryeland Allison, Ramin Djawadi, Clay Duncan
Music Designer: Mel Wesson
Score Producer: Steve Jablonsky, Hans Zimmer

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (2003)
Score: Klaus Badelt
Additional Music: Ramin Djawadi, Jim Dooley, Craig Eastman, Nick Glennie-Smith, Steve Jablonsky, James McKee Smith, Blake Neely, Trevor Morris, Geoff Zanelli
Conductor: Nick Ingman, Blake Neely, Rick Wentworth
Orchestrator: Robert Elhai, Elizabeth Finch, Bruce Fowler (supervisor), Bill Liston, Ladd McIntosh, Yvonne S. Moriarty, Conrad Pope, Brad Warnaar
Arranger/Designer: Mel Wesson
Technical Music Producer: Trevor Morris
Technical Score Assistant: Ian Honeyman
Music Supervisor: Bob Badami
Overproduced by Hans Zimmer

GLADIATOR (2000) *Oscar nominated score
Score: Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard
Additional Music: Klaus Badelt
Conductor: Gavin Greenaway
Orchestrator: Bruce Fowler, Ladd McIntosh, Yvonne S. Moriarty
Technical Score Advisor: Marc Streitenfeld
Musician: Heitor Pereira (guitar)

THE ROCK (1996)
Score: Hans Zimmer, Nick Glennie-Smith, Harry Gregson-Williams
Additional Music: Harry Gregson-Williams, Don Harper, Steven M. Stern
Supervising Music Editor: Bob Badami
Conductor: Bruce Fowler, Don Harper
Score Arranger: Hans Zimmer, Nick Glennie-Smith
Orchestrator: Dennis Dreith, Bruce Fowler, Walt Fowler, Ladd McIntosh, Suzette Moriarty
Assistant to Composers: Marc Streitenfeld

THE LION KING (1994) *Oscar Winning Score
Score: Hans Zimmer
Additional Music: Alex Wurman
Conductor: Nick Glennie-Smith
Conductor (choral): Andrae Crouch, Nick Glennie-Smith, Lebo M., Mbongeni Mgema
Choral/Vocal Arranger: Andrae Crouch, Bruce Fowler, Nick Glennie-Smith, Bobbi Page, Mbongeni Mgema, Lebo M., Mark Mancina
Orchestrator: Bruce Fowler, Ladd McIntosh, Yvonne S. Moriarty
Original Score Arranger: Hans Zimmer
Music Mixer/Recordist: Jay Rifkin
Music Supervisor: Hans Zimmer

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