This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on 2nd June.
There aren’t many icons in the realm of film scoring. There are definitely loads for those with a specialist interest, but to the general public there’s only a handful. Of that handful, Hans Zimmer is absolutely one of the most diverse and influential. In the last couple of decades, nobody has had more of a pronounced presence on the film industry in terms of music. Constantly establishing new trends, and scoring for some of the biggest blockbusters and directors around, Zimmer has been able to solidify his status as a modern day idol. His work has become instantly recognisable and is constantly being imitated. His horde of protégés (ranging from Game of Thrones’ Ramin Djawadi, to X:Men First Class’ Henry Jackman) dominate blockbuster franchises and he has even managed to change the way that trailers are scored thanks to his now infamous Inception horns.