WaterTower Music has announced the upcoming release of three separate soundtracks for Warner Bros.’ upcoming movie. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Dune. The soundtracks are composed by Hans Zimmer, the Academy Award and Grammy-Award winning composer best known for film scores such as Start, interstellar, The Dark Knight, The lionking, and the pirates of the caribbean movies.
The schedule for the album drops was also announced. On September 3, the first album with the title The . will be released Dune Sketchbook (music from the soundtrack). According to Businesswire, this album will “consist of comprehensive, immersive musical explorations of the” Dune film score.” The album will be released in standard and Dolby Atmos versions, marking the first time a score by Zimmer has been released in the Dolby Atmos sound style.
September 17 brings the release of Dune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring Zimmer’s score and themes for Dune. It will also be released in both standard and Dolby Atmos format.
With the prospect of releasing an album in Dolby Atmos, Hans Zimmer said, “I was inspired to look at this music in a different way and take the audience on a journey beyond the movie. In order to fully showcase these unique sounds and this soundtrack, I felt it had to be available through a immersive technology that uses spatial audio, so it was decided to deliver it in Dolby Atmos.”
The third album entitled The Art and Soul of Dune, will be released on October 22. This album is an accompanying soundtrack to the book of the same name by Duneexecutive producer Tanya Lapointe and “provides unparalleled insight and exploration of the film.” The music will immerse the readers as they venture through this book.
Dune will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, a director with whom Zimmer has worked in the past, most recently on another sci-fi epic, Blade Runner 2049. Villeneuve knew that Zimmer was the perfect choice to compose the score for Dune.
“We agreed that the music should have a spirituality…a sacred quality,” Villeneuve declared. “Something that would elevate the soul and have the effect that only sacred music can. And I believe that’s firmly established in Hans’s score.”
Zimmer called Villeneuve “one of the greats” and describes his enthusiasm for working with him on this project. Zimmer is used to working on multiple films for the same director as he has composed several scores for films directed by Christopher Nolan.
“I love working with Denis. He has an incredible imagination and puts so much heart and soul into the complexity of making a film of this magnitude, and our aesthetic is very similar,” Zimmer explains. “Dune has always been close to our hearts. The task was to figure out how we would interpret something we really loved and admired, and invite the audience to have their own personal experience. That was the reason for us to make this film.”
For those looking for a taste of Zimmer’s music, WaterTower Music has released two tracks from their upcoming albums, “Paul’s Dream” and “Ripples in the Sand”. We can all listen to the score while watching Dune when it comes out in theaters October 22 and on HBO Max.