Pharrell Williams will be writing the music for this year’s Oscars along with composer Hans Zimmer. The two came together for the first time in 2005 when Williams helped write the music for the film The DaVinci Code. The Los Angeles Times Reports:
The first time Hans Zimmer made Pharrell Williams’ head spin was in 2005, when the former was composing the score for the Ron Howard blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code.” Williams, half of the lauded hip-hop production duo the Neptunes and a third of the experimental rock group N.E.R.D., had heard through a mutual friend, music-supervisor Kathy Nelson, that he and Zimmer (one of Hollywood’s most in-demand composers, with Oscar- and Grammy-winning credits including “The Lion King” and “The Dark Knight”) were fans of concept-based composing styles.
“The Fibonacci sequence figured heavily in the movie, and Hans was inspired by it to compose a piece that played exactly the same way backwards as it did forwards,” Williams said. “When I heard that, I thought, ‘This is a guy I can be friends with.’”
That friendship has turned into an unexpected collaboration on one of the globe’s biggest stages — this weekend’s Academy Awards. In a basement recording studio at Capitol Records the weekend before the Oscars, the composers were rehearsing dozens of pieces of new music they’d written for Sunday’s telecast, drawing from Zimmer’s rangy, evocative film scores and Williams’ minimalist, beat-driven sound art.
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