Hans Zimmer’s DUNE Soundtrack is Getting Three Albums

Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming adaptation of Dune isn’t just getting one soundtrack release. In fact, it’s getting three. Which sounds like a lot until you realize all of them will feature music from Hans Zimmer.

Thanks to at /Film, we learned that WaterTower Music announced is releasing three separate music albums “from and in celebration of” Dune. Each features Hans Zimmer’s original work for the film.

The first two hits stores ahead of the movie’s US debut on October 22. And the final album premieres the day Dune arrives in theaters. Notably, the soundtracks include:

  • The Dune Sketchbook (Music from the Soundtrack): “Comprised of extended, immersive musical explorations of the Dune film score.” Additionally, both are available in Standard and Dolby Atmos Music configurations. The album is Zimmer’s first soundtrack released in Dolby Atmos Music.  The Sketchbook is available on September 3.
  • Dune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Features “the iconic composer’s Dune film score.” And it will also be available in both Standard and Dolby Atmos Music configurations. It debuts on September 17.
  • The Art and Soul of Dune: “The companion soundtrack to the book of the same title” offers uniquely crafted versions of the film’s main themes. Zimmer curates them to accompany the reader on their journey through a visually dazzling book written by the film’s executive producer Tanya Lapointe. The book offers unparalleled insight and exploration into the film. Get your copy on October 22.

Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson standing in a desert in Dune.Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures

“We agreed that the music would need to have a spirituality to it…a sanctified quality,” said Villeneuve in a statement. “Something that would elevate the soul and have the effect that only sacred music can. And I believe that is firmly present in Hans’ score.”

Zimmer also worked on Blade Runner 2049 with Villeneuve. That relationship, along with his passion for Frank Herbert’s story, is why he came aboard. “I absolutely love working with Denis,” says Zimmer. “He has an incredible imagination and offers so much heart and soul within the complexity of making a film of this magnitude, and our aesthetic is very comparable.”

Lady Jessica and Paul in formal dressWarner Bros./Legendary Pictures

Dune has always been very close to both of our hearts. So the task was to figure out how we were going to interpret something we truly loved and admired and invite the audience to come and have their own personal experience. That was, for us, the reason to make this film.”

Villeneuve also said, “Hans spent months and months creating new instruments, defining, creating, and seeking new sounds, pushing the envelope.” Thus giving fans hours and hours of music to relive all their favorite Dune moments.

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