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Hans Zimmer: “You are forever in that dream world”

August 27, 2014

Mr. Zimmer, what kind of music do you listen to?

It’s all over the place and it really depends on my mood. Duke Ellington said something very cool in the ’30s. He said there are only two types of music: good music and bad music. So stylistically I am truly all over the place. I will put on the White Stripes followed by ABBA followed by Kraftwerk and then every once in a while I have to get a really good dose of Bach.

Do you ever listen to your own film scores?

Never.

Not even The Lion King?

You know, what happens is that I come home and the last thing I want to hear is anything of mine. But the kids all started playing piano and cello and they now play my stuff. I sort of love it and I sort of hate it at the same time.…

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