As mentioned in the previous post, I’d like to talk about Trent Reznor of the industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails (NIN). Later on, I’ll also try to talk about the soundtrack he made for The Social Network – otherwise known as the Facebook film.
As I have said in the first post Trent Reznor and John Malm are co founders of Nothing Records. What I forgot to mention is that Malm also happens to be the manager of Treznor. Well, that was before they both sued each other. Anyway, let’s get into some other info about the Nine Inch Nails leader.
Treznor was born on the 17th May 1965 (Mercer, Pennsylvania). Apparently, his love for music started at an early age. You see, he played the piano when he was 5. In his adolescent years, the NIN front person became a member of the marching band, jazz, and the theater. He knew how to play the tuba and saxophone by then. He, however, did not take music courses in college. Instead, he got computer engineering courses at Allegheny College. I think it’s surprising that he got that course. I mean, I would naturally assume that he would take music classes, right?
Later on, Reznor was employed at Right Track Studios… Not as a computer engineer, mind you. But he was working on his own music under the name Nine Inch Nails. His first release was in 1989 and was called Pretty Hate Machine. From that time on, he had several studio releases. Other than NIN, Trent Reznor is also associated with various groups like How to Destroy Angels, Exotic Birds, Tapeworm, and Option 30. By the way, Trent works with Mariqueen Maandig (his wife) and Atticus Ross for the group How to Destroy Angels.
Incidentally, it is with Atticus Ross that Trent scored The Social Network soundtrack. I read from an article that Trent Reznor originally has free time, but he decided to work on the soundtrack after he read the script about the founding of Facebook. The film score was released in 2010 and came in various formats like CD, Bru-Ray, vinyl records, and even digital download. Actually, an EP (extended play) sampler was also released for free downloading. How cool is that, huh? And what’s even better is that Ross and Reznor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for their The Social Network collaboration. They also bagged the Academy Award for Original Score for the same project.
This doesn’t come as a surprise for me since I absolutely loved it! I am not biased when I say that I felt the score they made was perfect for Fincher’s movie. I’ve got some favourite tracks from the OST. I liked In Motion because of the upbeat feel it has. That and I love listening to bass. The occasional piano accompaniment was also good to listen to. It sort of gave a calm feeling as opposed to the rush you get from listening to the bass. However, I could say that the piano and bass worked really well together. I am also feeling A Familiar Taste because it reminds me of video games—the ones like Resident Evil or Silent Hill when you need to hunt down the mutated villains. But that’s just me. Lol. The same thing can be said with It Catches Up to You since I feel that it has an ominous vibe to it. It’s like the feeling you get when you’re waiting for something to happen, but aren’t exactly sure what it is you’re waiting for. Hence, I find that the title is perfect based on the feeling it evoked from me.
All in all, the score was edgy. I’d think that listening to the scores lets you know what confusion sounds like. On the other hand, the tracks fit together really well. I find it hard to pinpoint if something really stands out from the rest. Hence, it is because of that quality that you can call this an album—not just a collection of individual or separate songs. I suggest you grab a copy if you haven’t already.