For almost all four years of college when I studied in the library or my dorm room or outside on the lawn in an Adirondack chair because this is Vermont we’re talking about, I exclusively listened to movie scores while I worked. Particular favorites included the scores from Gladiator, Tears of the Sun, The Hours, The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, and Up Close & Personal (seriously, Up Close & Personal — it was scored be Thomas Newman, he of American Beauty’s signature sound — that’s another one, American Beauty). Anything from John Williams.
Nowadays I tend to create a specific playlist per project I’m working on, but every now and then I’ll throw on my movie soundtracks and get intense. It’s all very cinematic. I think there are other people out there like me because every now and then a friend will introduce me to someone new with our token “thing-in-common” being that we both like movie soundtracks.
Anyway, my point is — for film composer and movie score nerds such as myself, this Vulture interview with Hans Zimmer is very, very cool.