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Hidden Figures composers Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer on what they learned from each other.

IN HIDDEN FIGURES, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer play three heretofore unsung black female nasa mathematicians instrumental to America’s victory in the Space Race. Pop star Pharrell Williams pulled double duty on the film, co-producing and writing the score—a blend of stirring, gospel-inflected orchestral passages; bluesy rhythm; and contemporary melody—with composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch. Adoring friends and frequent collaborators, Zimmer and Williams

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