The YouTube clip above has made intriguing listening as it circulated throughout the web in the past week. A keen eared Inception fan figured out that a key part of Hans Zimmer’s score for the movie sounded like a slowed down version of Edith Piaf’s “Non, je ne Regrette Rien,” and now the composer has confessed to his audio trickery.
“Just for the game of it, all the music in the score is subdivisions and multiplications of the tempo of the Edith Piaf track,” said Zimmer in this New York Times interview. “I’ve seen it,” he said, of the YouTube upload. “I was surprised how long it took them to figure it out.”
Zimmer also indicated that the Piaf song was written into the Inception script: “[Nolan] had the Édith Piaf always written in the script, the ‘da-da, da-da,’” Zimmer said. “It was like huge foghorns over a city, and afterward you would maybe figure out that they were related.” Inception has proved to be a huge summer draw, once again topping the box office in its second week of release.