Artist: Hans Zimmer
As if the stunning footage below wasn’t sufficiently enthralling, the score “Time” provides the emotional gravitas to vault the experience over the top. Those who have watched Inception will recall Time from that film, which was scored by the German composer Hans Zimmer. An accomplished veteran who has scored dozens of films, here Zimmer’s dramatic expertise is abundantly evident. The song begins with skillful stealth, creeping into your consciousness with a sense of wily inevitability. Its patient pacing enables it to gather substance and grow delicate yet sinewy tendrils of nuance and emotive clarity. It’s a majestic ride which soars to a thundering crescendo before quietly reverting to a bare melodic spine and then disappearing into the ether. It could be music fit for a Bond flick - in fact the first time I heard this piece I was immediately reminded of John Barry’s superb scoring for the opening sequence from You Only Live Twice (the sinister rogue spacecraft swallowing an American space capsule whole and snapping the lifeline of a hapless astronaut). The two movements share similar dramatic approaches: a simple, repeating motif which stokes up suspenseful intensity.
The mating of this Time to the video below was a stroke of genius. Props to The Presurfer for the tip.
Posted by Max MacDonald