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Whether he realises it or not (he definitely doesn't), Hans Zimmer has scored the past five years of my life. Going to university and now working as a writer means I've spent thousands of hours listening to instrumental music while I write. When I had final exams I would catch the bus into uni and sit in the library for 12 hours while completing two hours' worth of work. On those days, I'd listen to ‘Time – 10 Hours‘ all the way through. When I was pulling an all-nighter and didn't want to risk dozing off mid-sentence, I'd listen to the Frost/Nixon soundtrack to keep the pressure on and make me tense up with nerves. In hindsight, it probably wasn't the best choice.

On the few occasions I have tried to go for decent runs in the past five years, I make sure to listen to ‘What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving The World' from the Man of Steel soundtrack. An incredible lifting number that's the perfect length (5:27) for me to warm up, run, sprint, and cool down before the final note is played.

Zimmer isn't all about pounding drums and a blasting organ, though. When I'm walking to work or just want something nice to listen to while cleaning my bedroom, I might throw on something from The Holiday or Driving Miss Daisy. 

It's truly impossible to get through all of Zimmer's incredible work – from The Lion King to Gladiator to the Dark Knight trilogy – but I'm trying. At this moment I'm listening to ‘Journey To The Line' from The Thin Red Line, which many (including Hans himself) believe to be perhaps his greatest work. And it's easy to see why. When The Thin Red Line was released in 1999, its soundtrack began the trend of booming, vibrating scores that have since been heard in almost every movie with any sort of action or drama. I would encourage you to listen to ‘Journey To The Line' while reading this interview. It's an unedited transcript because, despite English being his second language and many attempts to say that he's not verbally articulate, Hans Zimmer is incredibly eloquent and everything he said was great.