‘Dune’ composer Hans Zimmer reveals the note that ‘tore enamel from my teeth’

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This the story of the making of “Dune” by Denis Villeneuve appeared for the first time in the Problem below the line from TheWrap Awards Magazine.

At the moment of “Dune” where Paul Atréides by Timothée Chalamet puts his hand in a box and feels a wave of enormous and relentless pain, Hans Zimmer wanted the singer Loire Cotler, whom he describes as a gentle and gentle person, “to free this feminine force soul ”for what was to become a primordial moan in his theme“ Gom Jabbar ”.

“She only sang one note, and it ripped off my tooth enamel and tore out my eyeballs,” Zimmer said. “She said to me, ‘Something like that?’ Yeah! Something like that!”

The female vocals for the score, which were provided by four women Zimmer handpicked not only for their singing but for what he said was their courage, were necessary to give Denis Villeneuve’s film the spiritual quality. from another world that is so animated by its women.

“You can hear that commitment in the voices. You don’t understand the words, but you know there is a master storyteller at work, ”he explained of the singers he chose. “For me, it was extremely important that the film was carried by the strength of the female voices and that there was a sense of spirituality running through the score.”

Zimmer, Oscar winner for “The Lion King” (1994) and nominated 11 times, said he went to work on “building a sound world” in the film just like Villeneuve built the visual world. . And although no one asked him, he ended up recording the value of several albums beyond what was released on the soundtrack. The German composer, who is a natural when it comes to manipulating sounds with electronics, might have his way of inventing and contorting sounds to create something truly otherworldly – although this quest alien sounds would sometimes revert to familiar instruments and force him to, for example. For example, find out where the hell he could find a bagpiper during the pandemic.

His ‘Dune’ score features a cello that he twisted to make it sound like a long Tibetan horn, as well as sounds shaped inside a friend’s resonance chamber full of strange metals. And while his colleagues spent time in the wilderness recording sounds you can’t believe came from Earth, he spent time sitting in front of his synthesizer trying to “make things up.”

“If you set something in the future, you wanted that weirdness,” Zimmer said. “Why would you have a bunch of strings?” Why would you want to trust western vocabulary? “

He even created “completely wrong” and entirely electronically generated drums. The goal was to have beats unplayable by humans, although Zimmer was sure it wouldn’t be long before a drummer on YouTube figured out how to play it anyway.

But Zimmer also worked closely with the other departments on the film. He collaborated with the sound team to merge the heartbeat of the thumper used to draw desert sands worms into the score itself and bonded with film editor Joe Walker on the music. (Walker went to music school, Zimmer didn’t.)

“He cuts in a very musical way, just like Denis turns in a very musical way, and I can’t explain to you what that means other than that I’m very influenced by his color scheme,” he said. “I know when what I’m doing sounds wrong compared to its colors.”

Zimmer’s partnership with Villeneuve started auspiciously during ‘Blade Runner 2049’ in 2017. “He showed me ‘Blade Runner’, he went all the way and I didn’t know what to say,” he said. Zimmer said. “So I just started acting, and what I played moved him and became the beginning of the score. Sometimes the best conversation you can have with a director is not to use words. “

From left to right: sound editor Theo Green, cinematographer Greig Fraser, editor Joe Walker, sound editor Mark Mangini, visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert, composer Hans Zimmer, director Denis Villeneuve, costume designer Jacqueline West, production designer Patrice Vermette, costume designer Bob Morgan

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