We Added Inception’s Signature Foghorn to Hans Zimmer’s ABC World News Theme

Slate's Culture Blog
Oct. 5 2012 1:09 PM

Hans Zimmer Scores New Theme for ABC World News, Inception-Style

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Composer Hans Zimmer arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards holding the Inception top

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Film composer Hans Zimmer recently unveiled his new theme for “ABC World News With Diane Sawyer,” the newscast’s first musical revamp since 2000, accompanying the debut of a fresh logo and graphics.

While we’ve enjoyed his explosive work on Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Gladiator, we think his signature style may be a tad, well, too dramatic for the no-nonsense news show. What do you think?

(In case it wasn’t totally obvious, we made a few tweaks to the score in the video above to align it with the composer’s previous work. You can hear the unadulterated version on the ABC News site.)

Chris Wade is a video and podcast producer for Slate and occasional contributor to Brow Beat. Follow him on Twitter.