Check out this fascinating 45-minute panel discussion with Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and supervising sound editor Ren Klyce on the music and sound design of The Social Network, the smash film about the rise of the empire that currently owns many of your souls.
Featuring compelling insight into Reznor & Ross’ architecture of the sound behind the film, the panel clarifies the origins of the Nine Inch Nails mastermind’s involvement. In the video, Reznor compares the Social Network writing and recording process to that of the NIN album Ghosts, and the track-a-day regimen he held the instrumental project to as he imagined each song accompanying a nonexistent film he envisioned.
Reznor goes on to credit Ross with filtering through the hours of soundscapes of industrialization to build an even-keeled finished product, reeling in his more meandering avenues of creativity. He incorporates that relationship into his interpretation of the film, exploring the tightwire act an adamant creative vision demands when placed on a massive platform, with the inevitable necessity of bringing a level of humanizing balance to the grinding machine of progress.