‘The Social Network’ Soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

I posted on Twitter earlier that I’ve been doing a lot of work to the soundtrack to The Social Network which was created by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and composer Atticus Ross. The whole thing is a glitchy, noisy, ambient mix of songs with some pianos thrown in there for good measure. When I really want to get into a creative mood I listen to music which tends to be less structured and more… weird, for lack of a better term. There’s something about the randomness that I’m comforted by, but at the same time, I’m not being taken out of what I’m busy working on.

For me personally I didn’t become a fan of Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails until I heard The Fragile, the double disc epic that was released back in 1999. To me it seemed that he was less concerned with traditional song structure and more interested in creating interesting sounds. The song above is called In Motion and is the second song from the soundtrack, a key piece of music in the film that to me sounds almost New Order inspired. If you dig it, you’ll dig the rest as well.

On a side note, when Trent Reznor was approached by David Fincher, director of The Social Network, he wasn’t sure if he had the energy to create the soundtrack. From an Entertainment Weekly article:

Convinced that Reznor was the man for the job, Fincher persuaded him to look at early footage of the movie.

“The entire time he sat there kind of nodding his head,” recalls Fincher. “At the end of it he said, “Yeah, yeah. Interesting. Ok thanks.” And he got up and left. I thought, well, that’s a bad sign. The only person who says ‘interesting’ is my mom when she doesn’t want to say she doesn’t like something.”

But in this case, “interesting” meant good – Reznor soon sent Fincher a number of “sketches” for the movie’s score, which Fincher assembled with his sound designer and editors. After a few more meetings to tailor the music to specific parts of the movie, the score was finished. The entire process took just four weeks.


October 6, 2010