Hans Zimmer and Musicians Perform Dune Score Live in Amazing New Video

Warner Bros. publishes a live video of Hans Zimmer and a group of musicians performing the Oscar-nominated score of Dune, which was released last fall.

Hans Zimmer and a team of musicians perform their Oscar-nominated score of Dunes in spectacular live video. Dunes, which released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max on October 22, 2021, was adapted from Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name. It stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, a young man whose fate could shape the future of the desert planet Arrakis, which is in the midst of political turmoil. Even with its day and date streaming premiere, Dunes was a box office success, landing at No. 13 in the domestic box office chart for the year, just behind Godzilla vs. Kong, Jungle Cruiseand free guyall of which also had green-lit sequels (Dunes 2 arrives in 2023).


Dunes is a huge, epic popcorn movie that will mark the start of an all-new blockbuster franchise. It’s the type of film that doesn’t usually get much attention at the Oscars, except when relegated to certain minor categories. However, not only has Dunes was nominated for Best Picture at this year’s ceremony, it swept through the technical categories, being nominated for 9 other awards, including Cinematography, Adapted Screenplay, Visual Effects, Sound and, of course, of the score.

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On their official YouTube channel, Warner Bros. shared a jaw-dropping video of Zimmer and a talented group of musicians performing the Dunes Goal. The performance is intercut with shots from the epic sci-fi movie, but what’s even more amazing is seeing the music come to life before his eyes. One particularly intriguing and magical element is watching the singer perform the disembodied vocals that dominate the soundtrack throughout the film. Watch the video below:

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The video is quite dynamic, with even the musicians sitting in the string section putting their whole bodies into creating the appropriate sound. If it reproduces anything close to the actual original sessions of the film, it explains why the score became so instantly respected. Zimmer has already had a long career as a composer for films, including important titles like Gladiator and Creationbut it’s been one of his most idiosyncratic and powerful works for several years, at least since the last time he collaborated with director Denis Villeneuve on Blade Runner 2049.

Dunes is definitely up for the industry’s highest accolade for his music. Although it has fierce competition, including scores from the Best Picture favorite The power of the dog and the beloved Encanto, there is a power in the music here which this video shows in full effect. However, whether it wins or not, the music will continue to develop and become more complex in Dunes 2which could give Zimmer another shot at gold.

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Source: Warner Bros.

  • Dunes 2 (2023)Release date: October 20, 2023

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