Klaus Badelt, also a German composer, was asked by Zimmer to join him and collaborate on the film score for Pirates of the Caribbean. They had collaborated on previous films, such as Invincible and The Pledge. To date, there have been five Pirates of the Caribbean films, all based on the Disneyland theme park ride. Hans Zimmer sat down with the director and other creative members of the Pirates of the Caribbean production team to discuss the musical themes and how the music should sound.
Many of the main melodies have been influenced by the sound of Irish sea shanties - this is noticeable if layers of the large orchestration are taken away. There are intentional ostinatos throughout the film score to reflect the rocking motion of the ocean.
Zimmer constantly references his aim of bringing original ideas to each film score he writes. He develops ideas while in discussion with the film director or while working in the same studio. Like all great film composers, Zimmer makes use of particular composing tools to help create the correct mood for the scene, character or action.
Zimmer however ended up collaborating with Badelt to write most of the score's primary themes. Zimmer said he wrote most of the tunes in the space of one night,  and then recorded them in an all-synthesized demo credited to him. This demo presents three of the score's themes and motifs, concluding with an early version of "He's A Pirate" which differs from the final cue and includes a development of a melody Zimmer wrote for the score to Drop Zone.
Since the schedule was very tight and the music was needed for the film in three weeks, seven other composers — Ramin Djawadi , James Dooley , Nick Glennie-Smith , Steve Jablonsky , Blake Neely , James McKee Smith, and Geoff Zanelli — were called upon to help orchestrate the music and write additional cues. The resulting score was recorded with a group of musicians, credited as the Hollywood Studio Symphony , over the course of four days.
The short time frame demanded the use of a different recording studio for each session. The Metro Voices , a male choir, was recorded in London and added to the finished recordings. The soundtrack album, consisting of 43 minutes of the film's score, was released with Klaus Badelt credited as the composer.
The cues were edited for length, and minor changes to the mix were also made. For unknown reasons, the mixing of several cues are executed with gain levels so high that it causes distortion. This is noticeable particularly during the action cues and the reprise of the love theme in track 14, "One Last Shot".
It is also noted that besides the first cue, the tracks' generic names were unrelated to their contents. According to the official website of composer Geoff Zanelli , this was because the production "schedule was so short that [they] had to decide on the track names for the album packaging before the score was even written! Badelt was credited as the conductor on early batches of the disc, but it was actually conducted by Blake Neely.
For the most part, The Curse of the Black Pearl features simple orchestration. Counterpoint is rare; most of the louder music consists of melody, simple harmony, and rhythmic figures in the low brass and low strings. Sampled drum beats including tom-toms and various cymbals are used ubiquitously in such sections.
A very low, rumbling bass line was also introduced into the mix to reinforce the cello and double basses. Quieter sections tend to rely either on the string section or on sound effects. Pan flute , possibly synthesized or sampled, and claves can be heard repeatedly in the eerier cues. One of the defining characteristics of this score's sound is the use of horn for melody.
Nearly all of the score's louder sections feature the horns on the melody, frequently doubled by various string instruments. For the video game Kingdom Hearts II , which features a number of scenes based on the movie, composer Yoko Shimomura arranged a synthesized "He's a Pirate" to serve as the musical theme for all combat in the Port Royal world.
This arrangement is identical in structure to the original cue, though a number of changes were made to the melody and chords. The score received mixed reviews from critics. He also criticized its lack of connections to the "swashbuckling" genre, stating, "The most disgraceful part of the pounding and shouting score for The Curse of the Black Pearl is that there is really nothing swashbuckling about it.
If you remove the tepid little thirty-second jig from the start of the opening cue, then this score could easily accompany a movie about alien attacks, police force raids, chases for nuclear weapons, or any other militaristic setting. Andrew Granade of Soundtrack. Badelt's work here is pleasing without being too heavy and is fully melded with the onscreen action.
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