There’s a pretty incredible video making the rounds, a behind-the-scenes clip from the studio sessions for Hans Zimmer’s Man Of Steel score. Zimmer gathered up more than a dozen of the most well-known drummers working today (besides Dave Grohl, calm down fanboys), and had them all playing percussive grooves in a huge circle, together:
That’s Matt Chamberlain, Sheila E., Josh Freese of Devo / NIN / A Perfect Circle / Etc., Danny Carey of Tool, Led Zeppelin offspring Jason Bonham, Pharrell Williams, John JR Robinson, Satnam Ramgotra, Toss Panos, Jim Keltner, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bernie Dresel, Curt Bisquera, Trevor Lawrence, Jr., Ryeland Allison, and… more? All drumming together, simultaneously. Go ahead and process that: At first, wow. Then wonder, is it just a silly gimmick? But then you see Zimmer explaining the idea, and when you hear the results, it all makes sense.
While we were freaking out about this, Warner Bros. kindly slipped us an additional clip to share with you guys before it appears anywhere else. Here’s a cool look at the process of recording strings for the soundtrack. No, it doesn’t feature the 12 sickest guitarists shredding together, but in trying to sound “as radically different from Dark Knight” as he possibly could, Zimmer channeled traditional American instruments, though in some interestingly twisted ways. The only 8-string bass steel guitar in the world is showed off by musician Chas Smith:
The Deluxe Edition of Hans Zimmer’s Man Of Steel Soundtrack is available now on iTunes.