Repertoire of new wave synth icon (and modestly successful film composer) Hans Zimmer coming to Hong Kong!

Hans Zimmer at the height of his fame in the video for the 1979 song ‘Video Killed the Radio Star.’ Screengrab via YouTube.

A massive retrospective of the work of Hans Zimmer, the German-born synthesizer player for the short-lived band The Buggles, is headed to Hong Kong later this year, with tickets set to go on sale this Friday at 10am.

Zimmer, best known for his synthesizing on the band’s seminal 1979 classic Video Killed the Radio Star (the first video to air on MTV), will be the subject of the World of Hans Zimmer repertoire at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sept. 26, according to promoter Lushington Entertainments.

In addition to his work with The Buggles, Zimmer is still remembered for his work with Italian new wave group Kisma, the New Zealand singer-songwriter Zaine Griff, the electro-new wave act Helden, and an exhilarating 1984 live show with the Spanish group Mecano. (We hear Segovia was never the same.)

Unfortunately for those who still remember that legendary show, Zimmer won’t be playing at the Hong Kong concert, according to the tour’s website.

“Although he himself is not performing at the concerts, Hans Zimmer has acted as the musical director and curator of the tour, which will feature long-time friends and colleagues of the rock star of film score composers,” the site notes.

Nonetheless, it adds, the performance will “present the composer’s works arranged for a live symphony orchestra for the very first time.”

But if you’re curious as to how Video Killed the Radio Star would sound played by a full orchestra, you may be disappointed, as the concert promises to focus on the latter part of Zimmer’s career.

Hans Zimmer, in the lesser-known film composition period of his career. Photo via Facebook.
Hans Zimmer, in the lesser-known film composition period of his career. Photo via Facebook.

Some may be surprised to learn that after the ‘80s, Zimmer’s career slowed a bit as he transitioned into writing music for films.

He went on to compose the scores to several little-seen motion pictures, including Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, Inception, Interstellar, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the Dark Knight trilogy, GladiatorThe Lion King, The Thin Red Line, The Last Samurai, Black Hawk DownRain Man, and Thelma and Louise, among about 140 other titles across several mediums — “which, combined, have grossed more than 28 billion dollars at the worldwide box office,” his website notes.

Though he never came close to achieving the same level of fame he had with The Buggles, Zimmer has won one Academy Award (and been nominated for nine others), won two Golden Globes (and been nominated for 12 others), and won three Grammys (and been nominated for 10 others).

He is also expected to someday win a Lifetime Achievement Award for his popularization of that “BWWWOOOOMMMMM” sound effect you hear in every single action movie trailer these days.


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