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Watch: How Composer Hans Zimmer Captured the Metaphysical and the Mystical in ‘Interstellar’

Watch: How Composer Hans Zimmer Captured the Metaphysical and the Mystical in 'Interstellar'

“It was very important for me that the music not pay any attention to the genre of the film,” says director Christopher Nolan of his latest collaboration with composer Hans Zimmer, whose haunting, organ-driven “Interstellar” soundtrack is a Best Original Score Oscar contender.

The video, below, reveals why Zimmer chose to use a church organ in London, and how he built the score from the kernel of an idea about a father-daughter relationship, which gives this cosmic brain-bender its earthly, emotional heft.

It’s one of Zimmer’s most gorgeous scores, and the fact that the German-born, eight-time Oscar-nominated composer hasn’t won since 1995’s “The Lion King,” his sole win, may work in his favor come Academy Awards time. Nominees unspool bright and early on January 15.

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Listen to the full score here, and read our summer 2014 interview with Zimmer here.

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