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The upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel, will have a soundtrack composed by Academy Award®, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning composer Hans Zimmer, according to a press release issued by Warner Bros. Pictures this week. Zimmer has worked on the soundtracks for such movies as Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" movies, Gladiator, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and many others. He won an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score for The Lion King, and has been nominated eight more times. In addition to Man of Steel, his work will be heard in theaters this year on The Lone Ranger.
The soundtrack will be available in two editions, both releasing on June 11, 2013. A standard two-disc, 18-song soundtrack will be joined by a limited deluxe edition that comes in an embossed steel case, contains 24 songs, and includes access to behind-the-scenes videos.
Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Deluxe Edition)
Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Fans choosing the deluxe edition will be able to download all 24 songs in DTS Headphone: X format, which "reproduces a cinematic multi-speaker surround sound experience using only the user’s headphones," according to the press release. A vinyl release is also planned.
Unfortunately, no samples of the soundtrack are yet available, so it's still a question about the style that Zimmer has chosen for the movie. His score for The Dark Knight Rises was very different from some of his earlier work, and I prefer his earlier scores, especially The Dark Knight, which was excellent (listen to some samples). It will be interesting to see if he continues down that path or will resurrect some of his earlier themes as inspiration.
Man of Steel opens in theaters June 14, 2013 in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and IMAX 3D formats. For more information about the movie, please see the Information Page for links, videos, photos, and more!
The full press release, with a track listing for both editions, appears below.
Man of Steel Two-Disc Soundtrack Featuring Original Music by Hans Zimmer Set for Release June 11th
Limited Deluxe Edition Soundtrack Also Available
Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available For Pre-Order
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On June 11, 2013, WaterTower Music will release two configurations of the Man Of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The album will be available in standard form as well as a limited edition deluxe version at all physical and digital retailers. 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.
“The challenges of creating a Superman score are daunting because Superman is so iconographic," said Snyder. "I really feel like what Hans created is perfect. Subtle and stirring, epic and commanding. Honestly, Hans crushed it."
Fans will have the ability to choose between the standard two disc, 18-song soundtrack, and a limited, deluxe edition of the soundtrack. This deluxe edition will be housed in a special embossed steel case, contain 24 score selections, and give fans the ability to access multiple videos showing an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the music. 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.
Those fans who purchase the CD version of the deluxe edition will have the opportunity to download all 24 songs in DTS Headphone: X, which reproduces a cinematic multi-speaker surround sound experience using only the user’s headphones. DTS Headphone:X presents a whole new way to hear mobile entertainment over headphones. The technology garnered rave reviews from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, and Cnet, among others at this year’s CES convention.
Additionally, a double, 180 gram vinyl configuration of the soundtrack is slated for a summer release.
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 consists 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.
SOUNDTRACK TRACK LISTING
Disc 1 – Flight
1. Look to the Stars
2. Oil Rig
3. Sent here for a Reason
5. Goodbye My Son
6. If You Love These People
7. Krypton's Last
10. You Die or I Do
13. I Will Find Him
14. This is Clark Kent
15. I Have So Many Questions
17. What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?
Disc 2 – Experiments from the Fortress of Solitude
1. Man of Steel (Hans' Original Sketchbook)
2. Are You Listening, Clark? (Deluxe Edition Only)
3. General Zod (Deluxe Edition Only)
4. You Led Us Here (Deluxe Edition Only)
5. This Is Madness! (Deluxe Edition Only)
6. Earth (Deluxe Edition Only)
7. Arcade (Deluxe Edition Only)
Hans Zimmer has scored more than 100 films, which have, combined, grossed over 19.6 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. He has been honored with an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes®, three Grammys®, an American Music Award, and a Tony® Award. In 2003, ASCAP presented him with the prestigious Henry Mancini award for Lifetime Achievement for his impressive and influential body of work. He also received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2010. Some of his most recent works include the History Channel’s miniseries The Bible; the Christopher Nolan-directed films Inception, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises; and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Upcoming titles include Ron Howard’s Rush, Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger and Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave.
Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel from a screenplay by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder are the producers, with Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters serving as executive producers. The film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni and Russell Crowe.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, Man of Steel. The film will be released in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX®, and is slated for release on June 14, 2013. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
About Headphone: X
DTS Headphone: X enables content owners (e.g., movie studios, music labels or retail) to capture the acoustics of a high quality audio production studio and control the manner by which they are reproduced at the consumer end. Content providers can rest assured that the sonic reproduction presented to the listener can match the mix they so carefully crafted.
About WaterTower Music:
WaterTower Music , the in house music label for Warner Bros., has been releasing recorded music since 2001. Distributed through InGrooves Fontana, WTM has released over 150 titles, including the film soundtracks to “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Project X,”, “Rock of Ages,” “Hairspray,” “Sex and the City,” “Elf,” “The Notebook,” and “Love and Basketball” among others. Its 2013 schedule includes “42,” “Pacific Rim,” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
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