Music Break: INCEPTION soundtrack by Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer is one of the most commercially successful composers working today. I’ve listed some of my favorite scores that he did on this post, though I should update that at some point as that list is over a decade old now. One of those on the list is INCEPTION, which was released exactly 11 years ago today in the US on July 16, 2010.

I remember being super excited for this movie, I even blogged about the promotional banners for it, and this scene spotlight of Tom Hardy‘s Ames saying ‘You musn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.’ Though the main star is Leonardo DiCaprio and it’s got a terrific ensemble cast, Hardy’s quite the scene stealer. Gosh I miss seeing that guy in movies, hope to see him in a big feature film again soon!


In any case, Zimmer’s music is definitely one of the best things about the Christopher Nolan‘s mind-bending thriller, it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score in 2011, but lost out to The Social Network (Trent Reznor + Atticus Ross).

Per this article, apparently Zimmer wrote the score before any footage had been shot. Given Zimmer had collaborated with Nolan previously on Batman Begins & The Dark Knight, it’s likely he’s discussed the concept of dreams-within-a-dream prior to shooting the film, but still, it’s amazing how fitting the score is to the final film. I love the combination of synthesizer and orchestral with his signature low brass BRAAAAM! sound which just sounds mysterious, ominous and cool! No wonder it has since become so overused in trailers and even action movies, much to the German composer’s chagrin. In any case, here are some of my favorite tracks from INCEPTION:

Interesting trivia about the Édith Piaf song Non, je ne regrette rien that apparently was an inspiration for Zimmer in creating the score. If you remember, it’s the “kick” song to signal the characters of another reality Per NPR, “… he intentionally cribbed the two defining “da-da” notes from a slowed-down version of the Edith Piaf song Non, je ne Regrette Rien. Zimmer is quoted in his interview with The New York Times that “… all the music in the score is subdivisions and multiplications of the tempo of the Edith Piaf track. So I could slip into half-time; I could slip into a third of a time. Anything could go anywhere. At any moment I could drop into a different level of time.”


Some of you might have seen this already, but I just learned about this recently [mind-blown!]!

Per IMDb Trivia, Nolan stated that it’s a pure coincidence that Marion Cotillard had played Piaf in La Vie En Rose (2007). After Cotillard was cast, Nolan intended to change the song to eliminate speculation on the subject, but composer Zimmer persuaded him to keep it.

Hope you enjoyed this music break! Are you a fan of INCEPTION and its soundtrack?

9 thoughts on “Music Break: INCEPTION soundtrack by Hans Zimmer

  1. I feel so very old, still remember how I excited I was to see this film. Saw it three times in theater, twice at IMAX and once at Showplace Icon. Also, this film came out around the time when I first met you and Vince at Thomson! Can’t believe it’s been over a decade now.

    I haven’t seen this film in a few years though, I think it’s time to revisit it again soon. After TENET, I’m still pissed at Nolan and don’t want to see any stuff from him right now though. Lol! I think TIME is my favorite music track since it played perfectly towards the end of the film.

    “hope to see him in a big feature film again soon!” I believe VENOM part 2 comes out this fall, so you can check out Hardy in the big sequel. I have no desire to see the film since I passed on the first one, looked just awful.

    1. Yeah, lots of our faves are turning 10-20 years old! I think I saw this at IMAX too, so bummed we no longer have a real IMAX theater 😦

      You’re right, Vince and I were still at TR back then, funny that technically I’m working there again now but in Findlaw, ahah.

      I wish TENET were more enjoyable, though I have yet to revisit it now that I ‘get’ it more than when I first saw it, I do like JD Washington and Pattinson in it.

      As for VENOM, nope haven’t seen the first one and not sure I wanna see the sequel. I want to see Hardy in something OTHER than that character, I mean I love Eames so I’d love to see him do another spy thriller.

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