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Old 4th September 2009
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Hans Zimmer is a good example of a guy that sounds like he's trained.
it is difficult to argue with positive results.
Lets not forget that these composers, like Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and the other self taught composers surround themselves with highly educated orchestrators and composers that do most of the "filling in" of the score. There is the classic story of Elfman who was overheard in an airport bathroom stall early in his career tape recording himself on a tune, and giving instructions to his score writers to add "that Elfman sound"

I have a degree in composition, and have met several people without formal training that have attempted full orchestral scores and film scores. Not a one has been able to pull it off without a lot of help and a lot of time. You just don't have that kind of time for trial and error in the real world of writing film music. Writing this type of music is as much a craft as it is an art. You need to know the instruments, you need to know how they work together, and you need to know a hundred different ways the phrase can be completed in 12.2 seconds from cue 634. Not guessing, knowing.