Trent Reznor Discusses Similarities Between Scoring Films and Making Nine Inch Nails Albums
Trent Reznor has been hugely successful working with Atticus Ross on the film scores for director David Fincher’s last three films ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ ‘The Social Network’ (which earned the duo the Oscar for Best Original Score) and the latest, ‘Gone Girl,‘ which stars Ben Affleck.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reznor compares the process of scoring a film with recording songs for his band Nine Inch Nails. Trent said the processes are similar, “There’s no real demos. We don’t do a mock version and then have someone score it and then the real version gets recorded. Same with a Nine Inch Nails record. We’ve learned that first thing you might do, that rough vocal, that might be the best vocal. I’ve learned that many times.” He added, “I’ve tried to re-create that thing that was kind of an accident, but it just sounds s----y. Yes, the mic is better and there’s not an air conditioner blowing in the background, but the performance lacked that…sometimes it’s the inexperience or the insecurity or the uncertainty that gets captured. It might just be laziness, too.”
He added that he and Ross attack the score from a “non-traditional” way. He said, “We read the script, read the book, talk at length—that’s really the most important part, to talk with David about what he wants the role of music to be or what he’s envisioning.” Reznor continued, “He doesn’t speak in terms of ‘I’m thinking quartet of strings.’ It’s more like, ‘It needs to feel,’ or it’s about colors or tone. But there’s clues in there that become guidelines and set us down a path that is either right or wrong, and we’ve been pretty good about feeling right right off the bat.”
The Nine Inch Nails frontman added, “In the case of ‘Gone Girl,’ I’d read the book and seen the script, talked to David, and then we just sat in a room without any picture, and then just thought about what feels like it belongs in this movie. Not for a scene or for when this happens, but for these characters.”
You can read the entire interview here.
Since its release back on Oct. 3rd, David Fincher’s new film 'Gone Girl’ has raked in over 77 million dollars at the box office. You can download Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score for ‘Gone Girl’ here.