Famous composer Hans Zimmer was interviewed by Zane Lowe on Apple Music recently. While most of the conversation was about Zimmer’s career, they also talked about Spatial Audio – something the musician seems to really enjoy. Zimmer also mentioned that Jony Ive sent him some new headphones created by the former head of design at Apple.
Zimmer told Lowe that he never listens to his own soundtracks “because they’re usually in stereo.” Yet during the pandemic, the composer claims to have received a gift from none other than Jony Ive. Although they had never met in person, Zimmer revealed that I always sent him “something” and this time the gift was a pair of headphones with a note saying “I did this”.
According to the composer, he experienced Spatial Audio for the first time with these headphones and was delighted with the technology. Interestingly, when Zimmer reached out to his friends at Dolby, he was told that the mysterious headphones “don’t really exist.”
“These headphones are coming in and I put them on and they’re amazing and I suddenly realized, ‘Oh, we can do some immersion. We can do Dolby Atmos. We can do it all, ”and I phone my friends at Dolby and say,“ We have to do this. I want to do the whole soundtrack again and I definitely want to do the CDs again and I want to do this whole immersive experience ”, and I called Denis and I called all my guys and I was like“ You gotta listen to these headphones ‘, to which of course I get the response,’ Well, they don’t actually exist. I think you have the only pair. So there was a bit of that. “
While Zimmer didn’t mention the name of the headphones given to him by Ive, the way he describes the product and the timeline suggest the songwriter is talking about the AirPods Max. Apple’s premium headphones were announced in December 2020, while Spatial Audio for songs didn’t become a reality until early this year.
If this assumption is true, it means that Jony Ive helped Apple develop the AirPods Max even after leaving the company in June 2019. At the time, Ive said he would remain “very involved with Apple”, but it has never been mentioned publicly. by the company since. His last appearance as Apple’s chief design officer was at WWDC 2019 with the introduction of the new Mac Pro.
You can listen to the full interview with Hans Zimmer on Apple Music and Apple Podcasts.
H / T: Benjamin Gibbs
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