Zimmer, Hans Florian
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(b Frankfurt, 12 Sept 1957). German film composer, keyboardist, and producer. He moved to London in his teens and later wrote jingles there for commercials. He briefly played synthesizers with the British New Wave rock band the Buggles (appearing in the video for Video Killed the Radio Star in 1979), the Italian electronic-pop group Krisma (playing synthesizer on its 1980 album Cathode Mamma), and New Zealand singer Zaine Griff. He also co-formed the band Helden (1980–83, known for two singles and a bootleg album) and worked with the Spanish synth-pop band Mecano (1983–5). While apprenticing from 1982 to 1985 with the British film composer Stanley Myers, Zimmer combined his ’synthetic’ work as a popular music synthesizer player and songwriter with more traditional, orchestral film sounds. Zimmer’s collaborations with Myers included Moonlighting (1982), Insignificance (1985), and My Beautiful Laundrette (...