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ANGELS & DEMONS

About The Music
For Angels & Demons, director Ron Howard again teamed up with composer Hans Zimmer. Although Angels & Demons features Robert Langdon, whose adventures were previously chronicled in 2006's The Da Vinci Code, the score for Angels & Demons required an entirely different approach. 

The nature of the story called for something new. The adventure of Angels & Demons is reflected in each aspect of the collaboration between Ron Howard, Producer Brian Grazer, the editors, sound team, and of course in Zimmer's score. Zimmer focused on finding ways to make the music as agile and kinetic as Robert Langdon's firing synapses, using a chamber group instead of a traditional orchestra in order to create that sense of action. 

At the same time, since Angels & Demons was equally about religion and science, Zimmer took the orchestral in combination with choir to represent religion, while using electronics to denote science. Because Zimmer's intention in putting together the orchestral was to go for individual players really standing out, he went to the best, bringing in violinist Joshua Bell. The result was a collision Zimmer describes as, "the beauty of Joshua's violin framed by the starkness of the electronics.” 

Howard says, "There's nothing formulaic about the way Hans thinks about the score,” adding that Zimmer's music always "suits the sound that the film calls for.” In this case, it was the feeling of experimentation and fun to the adventure, which Zimmer captures by playing a musical game. As a nod to the symbologist character, Zimmer hid a five-note musical ambigram into the score. Whether or not anyone figures it out remains to be seen, but one thing is certain; as Howard says: Zimmer is "a fantastic storyteller.”

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