AUD210 - Blog 1 - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

This AUD210 series belongs to an assessment from college

Although not particularly interested in electronic music, the first reference that comes to mind is Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. I'd say that 95% of the music I listen to is classical and movie soundtrack, and the ones from the musicians that immediately come to mind are from The Social Network, Gone Girl and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For this brief blog, I'll focus on The Social Network. 

A very long time ago I watched a documentary on the soundtrack of The Social Network where re-recording mixer, Michael Semanick, spoke about the ideas David Fincher - the director - had for the movie. David Fincher's perception of the story was that it had to sound as real as possible, almost lifelike. In terms of sound design, he wanted to hear computer hardware and electronics whenever possible to emphasise the main element of the narrative. What's interesting about Trent Reznor's & Atticus Ross' music is that it collaborates seamlessly with the sound design, thus providing the audience with an perplexing understanding of Mark Zuckerberg's persona at the time - lonely and emotionally shattered, so to speak. As you can hear in the video below, the gentle piano resembles loneliness and the synthetic-like sound complements it with a somewhat dissonant approach. I an interview, Trent Reznor reveals that the instrument used to create that sound, and Mark Zuckerberg's theme, was the Swarmatron. 

While researching the material for this blog post, I had a hard time finding accurate information on how does the composers utilise synthesisers in the film. I figure the information is spreader by bits and pieces, just like in "making of" documentaries.


UPDATE: Here's a piece of music where Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross use synthesis in The Social Network soundtrack