Man Of Steel

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Academy Award®, Grammy®, and Golden Globe®-winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the music for this highly anticipated project, joining forces for the first time with director Zack Snyder.

Both the standard and deluxe editions will include the epic track “Man of Steel (Hans Original Sketchbook)” which clocks in at over 28 minutes long. This exclusive track is performed solely by Zimmer, and allows listeners to experience firsthand his initial experiments with the film’s music, which ultimately lay the foundation for the film’s final score.

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Editorial Reviews

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Academy Award®, Grammy®, and Golden Globe®-winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the music for this highly anticipated project, joining forces for the first time with director Zack Snyder.

Both the standard and deluxe editions will include the epic track “Man of Steel (Hans Original Sketchbook)” which clocks in at over 28 minutes long. This exclusive track is performed solely by Zimmer, and allows listeners to experience firsthand his initial experiments with the film’s music, which ultimately lay the foundation for the film’s final score.

In addition to his orchestral arrangements, Zimmer, no stranger to stepping outside the confines of traditional film scoring, has assembled two unique musical entities to contribute music to Man of Steel. The first, a “drum orchestra,” which was brought together for the album, is described by soundtrack co-producer Peter Asher as “some of the best drummers in the world all playing simultaneously in a space designed for a symphony orchestra - using not only rock drum kits but tympani and field drums as well.”

The membership of this elite assembly consisists of many of today’s top musicians including John JR Robinson, Jason Bonham, Josh Freese, Pharrell Williams, Danny Carey, Satnam Ramgotra, Toss Panos, Jim Keltner, Curt Bisquera, Trevor Lawrence Jr., Matt Chamberlain, Ryeland Allison, Bernie Dresel, Vinnie Colaiuta and Sheila E. Their contribution, under Zimmer’s musical direction, creates a towering and powerful musical accompaniment to the film.

Another distinctive group the composer assembled was a gathering of eight of music’s finest pedal steel guitarists who play classical string section parts. This collective, consisting of Chas Smith, Marty Rifkin, Skip Edwards, Boo Bernstein, Peter Frieberger, Rick Schmidt, JD Maness, John McClung, was described by Asher as, “a uniquely new metallic orchestra” added it’s own distinct and soaring musical stamp to the soundtrack.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Instead of paying homage to John Williams' celebrated score for Richard Donner's 1978 Superman film, as composer John Ottman did with Bryan Singer's 2006 reboot Superman Returns, Hans Zimmer has crafted an entirely new set of themes for Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder's 2013 re-reboot of the franchise. Closer in tone to the composer's work on Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the 15-track Man of Steel is grittier and darker than any of its predecessors, due in large part to Zimmer's proclivity for non-stop, thunderous percussion, though it retains enough goose bump-inducing moments to be called a proper Superman score, especially on the elegiac "Look to the Stars" and its soaring counterpart (pun intended) "What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?," both of which dutifully reflect the iconic superhero's propensity for both goodness and might.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2013
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • UPC: 794043168338
  • Catalog Number: 39424
  • Sales rank: 11,332

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hans Zimmer Primary Artist, Synthesizer
Jim Keltner Drums
Ryeland Allison Drums
Curt Bisquera Drums
Jason Bonham Drums
Danny Carey Drums
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
George Doering Guitar
Bernie Dresel Drums
Sheila E. Drums
Skip Edwards Pedal Steel Guitar
Josh Freese Drums
Peter Frieberger Pedal Steel Guitar
Marty Rifkin Pedal Steel Guitar
Lee Sklar Bass
Martin Tillman Cello
Mel Wesson Ambience
Pharrell Williams Drums
Toss Panos Drums
Satnam Ramgotra Drums
Rick Schmidt Pedal Steel Guitar
Mark Wherry Digital Instruments
Ann Marie Calhoun Violin
Chas Smith Pedal Steel Guitar
Atli Övarsson Conductor
Bob Bernstein Pedal Steel Guitar
J.D. Maness Pedal Steel Guitar
Trevor Lawrence Jr. Drums
John Jr. Robinson Drums
John McClung Pedal Steel Guitar
Hilda Övarsdóttir Vocals
Technical Credits
Peter Asher Producer
Nick Glennie-Smith Producer
Nathaniel Kunkel Mastering
Alan Meyerson Engineering
Yvonne S. Moriarty Orchestration
Tommy Vicari Engineering
Hans Zimmer Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tom Steel Stage Crew
Bob Badami Score Wrangler
Tim Lauber Stage Crew
Raul Vega Sample Preparation
Ross Garfield Drum Technician
Ben Robinson Sample Preparation
Junkie XL Producer, Additional Music, Rhythm Design
Daniel Kresco Engineering
Eric Matthies Session Photographer
Charles Roven Executive Producer
Christine Sirois Stage Crew
Stacey Robinson Stage Crew
Ryan Robinson Stage Crew
Lisa Margolis Music Business Affairs
Zoë Zimmerman Session Photographer
Dan Pinder Session Photographer
Sandeep Sriram Art Direction
Belinda Broughton Orchestra Leader
Jessica Rotter Session Photographer
Christopher Nolan Executive Producer
Kevin Kaska Orchestration
Steven Kofsky Production Service
Deborah Snyder Executive Producer
Zack Snyder Executive Producer
Czarina Russell Studio Manager, Score Coordinator
Chas Smith Audio Sculpture
Atli Övarsson Producer, Additional Music
Jamie Olvera Stage Crew
Andrew Kawczynski Additional Music
Carl Rydlund Orchestration
Richard Wheeler Jr. Stage Crew
Melissa Muik Score Wrangler
Claudius Brüse Sample Preparation
Denis St. Amand Stage Crew
Stephen Lipson Producer
Michael Osment Session Photographer
Steve Mazzaro Additional Music
The Stradivarius Instrument Design
Tom Hardisty Stage Crew
Megan Wintory Assistant Contractor
Yvonne Tran-Macdonald Assistant Contractor
Tauress Habib Sample Preparation
Eric Norris Sound Design
Emma Thomas Executive Producer
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