Hans Zimmer records cinema shooting tribute

31 July 2012, 10:14

Batman composer Hans Zimmer has recorded a tribute song dedicated to persons affected by the cinema shootings in Denver, Colorado.

Movie composer Hans Zimmer has written and recorded a benefit song for the victims of the Denver cinema shootings. The song, entitled Aurora after the suburb in which the shootings occurred, is an eight-and-a-half minute work, available to download in exchange for a donation.

Initial reactions to the composition have been overwhelmingly positive, with commenters on Zimmer's Facebook page praising the emotional content. A post from Zimmer on the same page reads: " I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Aurora Victim Relief organization."

Donations for the piece have so far ranged from 10 cents to $2,500. When news of the tragedy initially broke, Zimmer commented: "I am devastated by this tragedy, and my heart is with the victims, survivors and their loved ones. Words fail me."

The shootings occurred on July 20th at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, when a masked gunman opened fire in a packed cinema auditorium. 12 people were killed and 58 more were injured.

You can download the track from iTunes, and you can preview the track below.