I don’t know about you, but one of the movies that I am most looking forward to in 2012 is The Dark Knight Rises. I have loved Christopher Nolan’s directorial choices in this rebooted franchise from casting to editing to cinematography. And seemingly, he has assembled a fantastic crew that is also making some great choices of their own (most recently I heard that some of our favorite football players will be cameoing as part of the fictional Gotham Rogues football team). However, nothing keyed up my musician fan friends more than the opportunity presented by soundtrack composer Hans Zimmer for The Dark Knight Rises.
Zimmer has partnered with UJam in a worldwide invitation to chant the words to a truly epic piece that will be featured in the upcoming film. UJam is a company that provides a music composition platform for anyone. And in this case, essentially, anyone who sets up a UJam account (linked to their Facebook or a unique account) will be lead to a sort of karaoke practice experience: you chant along to the red text in a call-and-response set of lyrics, then you record the experience until you’re satisfied and then align it with the rest of the mix.
So far thousands of people have added their voices to the worldwide chorus and continued the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. People are excited about the prospect of a truly unique sound, whether they’re excited about the film or not –interesting that Zimmer is engaging more than just the fan base. It’s reminiscent of other exciting projects that have generated singular compositions like Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir.
And the answer is, yes, you will hear my voice in the mix. Not quite as good as my Pittsburgh friends who will be featured in the crowd during the Gotham Rogues game, but satisfying nonetheless. In any case, it was thirty seconds well spent.
What do you think about crowdsourcing new sounds? Will you respond to the bat signal?