The film soundtrack not only has its inherent law, but also is deeply influenced by regional factors. Even with the same film picture, composers from different regions have different choices of music techniques, and the application of ethnic music elements is one of the important manifestations of this difference. On the other hand, due to national music element is different areas of people in the music aesthetic pursuit, and even a reflection of cultural background, cultural landscape, natural landscape, therefore score effective participation in national music elements, is passing the picture describes geographic and humanistic characteristics of important ways. In order to expand its influence in the world, Hollywood films are also absorbing the themes of other countries, which makes music more frequently used for national folk instruments. However, its importance in the music is not comparable to that of symphonic music. In fact, it can only be used as an ornament of traditional symphonic music.
Hans zimmer is a foreign national style element applications have made a breakthrough of the composer, in the national music elements application way and the integration with other music elements than their predecessors are quite different. First of all, for laminating film described regional atmosphere, Hans zimmer in score a lot of use of the local ethnic Musical Instruments, and try to merge with the height of the other music elements, even for the expression of film needs, can make the national musical instrument main melody voices. Secondly, in the movie soundtrack, Hans zimmer often use ethnic Musical Instruments to replace parts in a symphony orchestra, so as to create a highly personalized features sound experience. Hans zimmer national elements using the technique in the music creation, not only make the music play the basic function of the soundtrack, fully demonstrates the regional culture background of the film, at the same time also make music on integral expression breaks through the traditional dominance of symphony, this is also the national music elements and symphony music mutual fusion, and the root cause of the stand out.
Kung fu panda is a famous Hollywood animation film. The hero and background of the story have strong Chinese cultural characteristics. In the process of the film creation but also in the frame design is a large number of the application of traditional Chinese elements, such as natural environment and ancient buildings with Chinese characteristics, China's traditional customs and traditional clothing. Due to the limited Chinese cultural characteristics of the story and picture, it is obvious that a large number of Chinese ethnic music elements need to be applied in the soundtrack. In order to achieve the above purpose, Hans zimmer is not only a large number of ethnic Musical Instruments, in order to further reflect Chinese cultural characteristics at the same time, also to ethnic percussion replace symphony instruments, make the Chinese national Musical Instruments can be integrated with the symphony is full of the film.