Hans Zimmer has decided to do a bit of crowdsourcing on his latest score for The Dark Knight Rises. For those unfamiliar with crowdsourcing, it’s the movement that takes creative people, puts them through a meat grinder, and comes out with the most homogenized version of them it possibly can.
In this case, however, it would appear Zimmer is the one being put through the meat grinder, as he has chosen to expose himself to the Internet’s raw singing talents.
This from the website /Film:
The idea is that you can record a chant, which will possibly be incorporated into the score, likely in one of the ‘fire rises’ style chants that have been teased already.
And here’s what Zimmer said on UJAM (had written for him by a smarmy marketing professional):
I’m shining the bat-signal up into the sky to call you all! We need to hear your voices! Now and Loud! We are creating the sound of a worldwide chant. Everyone come and be part of it.
One part of me thinks this sounds really fun. The other part of me thinks this fits in with the whole, “I don’t like paying for things” mentality of the creative industry at the moment. The other other part of me thinks Zimmer is in for sifting through some of the worst chanting he’s ever heard. Only time will tell.