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Many of the people involved in making The Dark Knight Rises have addressed the shooting in Aurora, Colorado in public ways. Christopher Nolan issued an elegant statement, Warner Bros. donated a substantial sum to benefit the victims and their recovery, and Christian Bale visited the Aurora hospital where many victims were recovering. Now Hans Zimmer, the composer behind all three of the Nolan-directed Batman films, has responded in perhaps the most personal way yet: he's composed a song called "Aurora."

Zimmer announced the piece's existence on his Facebook page, and it is available for sale internationally at iTunes for $1.29, and within the U.S. for just 10 cents at MoonToast. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Aurora Victim Relief organization. Here's the rest of what Zimmer had to say about the piece:
"Aurora" is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families.

The piece is more than 8 minutes long, and is appropriately elegiac and mournful, without the booming, thrilling percussive elements that defined Zimmer's work on the Batman films. It's touching to listen to, both because Zimmer is a skilled composer and because it's clear he had a personal reaction to the shootings, which occurred while the audience was listening to his own work as part of The Dark Knight Rises. Everyone involved in making that movie is in a terrible position, their work associated with a senseless tragedy, but Zimmer's response proves that beautiful art can come out of this kind of horror all the same.
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