Hans Zimmer, the celebrated composer behind Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, has released a hauntingly beautiful eight minute song to honor and support victims of the Aurora shooting tragedy. 


"'Aurora' is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado," he wrote on his Facebook page. "I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Aurora Victim Relief organization." 


The piece is available for $1.29 on iTunes and is already very popular. Since Zimmer launched it on July 27th, it has quickly become the number one song by the composer downloaded through the service. 


"Every emotion you can think of was put in this beautifully crafted music that Hans Zimmer provided; anger and sadness intertwined sooo beautifully," wrote one reviewer. "My thoughts are still out to the lives that were taken away. I hope you find peace wherever you are. As well as to the families whose lives are now shattered. My heart and soul go out to you." 


Zimmer's actions follow similar outreaches from others involved in "The Dark Knight Rises"; including a surprise visit by Christian Bale to victims in the hospital and a pledge by Warner Bros. to donate a portion of the film's gross to support organizations. 


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'Dark Knight Rises' composer creates Aurora charity song
Hans Zimmer, who has scored all of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, said the song is a "heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families."