Hans Zimmer Composes Tribute to Aurora Victims, Proceeds Going to Charity

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Hans Zimmer is one of the most famous cinematic composers in the business, and for very good reason. His notoriety is rivaled by very few, and this is due not only to a pervasive talent, but also a tremendous degree of character. The man behind the music of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises was so moved by the tragedy that befell the film’s opening night audience in Aurora, Colo., that he has composed a musical number in memory of the victims.

The song is titled “Aurora,” and is available for purchase on iTunes. Zimmer reveals on his Facebook page that “100% of the proceeds will be donated to Aurora Victim Relief organization.”

The track is, in the artist’s consistent fashion, somber and ominous, and exceptionally powerful. Zimmer creates a daunting tribute with this number, capturing the sobriety of the devastating events that occurred on early Friday morning, July 20. The song is concluded with a softer, lighter tone, possibly suggesting that even in the dawn of this tragedy, it is necessary and healthy to look forward to a more hopeful future.

In addition to iTunes, the song can be found on MoonToast, where United States users can listen and donate to Aurora Victim Relief.

Zimmer’s composition follows The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale’s visit to the hospitalized Aurora victims several days after the shooting.

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