The last few years have been very rewarding for fans of Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor, as the industrial artist has not only stayed on the cutting edge of music distribution, but has reached one of the most aesthetically interesting points of his career. A renewed call from film and music fans for Reznor to score films cried out starting with 2008’s instrumental Ghosts I-IV –a textural, moody collection of 36 songs, each of which would lend themselves well to cinematic imagery– and has continued all the way to his latest cinematic tease… composing the theme for the newest Tetsuo film.

Eager fans (including myself) can now rejoice with the news, straight from Trent himself, that he and current partner Atticus Ross have nearly completed the score for David Fincher’s The Social Network

“I was planning on taking some time off after the continual waves of touring that ended last fall and spend this year experimenting around with what would become How To Destroy Angels and some new NIN. Well, that plan didn’t work out so well. David Fincher started inquiring about my interest in scoring his upcoming film, The Social Network. Yeah, the movie about the founding of Facebook. I’ve always loved David’s work but quite honestly I wondered what would draw him to tell that story. When I actually read the script and realized what he was up to, I said goodbye to that free time I had planned. Atticus Ross and I have been on a creative roll so I asked him if he wanted to work on this with me and we signed on.

Months later, I’m happy to tell you we’re nearing the completion of this and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s turned out. The level of excellence that David operates on is inspiring and the entire process has been challenging and truly enjoyable.
As Atticus and I near the end of the scoring process, we’re looking forward to the next phase – distilling the large amount of music we’ve written for this down to a satisfying record (or two). The film opens Oct 1 in the US with the record likely available a couple of weeks ahead of that.

Speaking of the film… it’s really fucking good. And dark!”

Rock’n’roll. As if I wasn’t already excited for this film enough. This year may be an overall shit pile for movies, but it looks like when it hits, it’s going to hit hard.

The Social Network updates on October 1st and below you can find links to Reznor’s recent projects (which are all available in varying degrees of free) as well as the incredible Theme To Tetsuo: The Bullet Man.

Ghost I-IV
The Slip
How To Destroy Angels




DISCUSS this on the CHUD Message Boards