This brainchild between musical duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who are as much of a perfect fit for the music industry as Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are for the film industry, just makes sense. The two are known for their signature layering of complicated music, oftentimes off-set by a soft piano or deep bassline.
Because of this well-known formula between the two, it should be no exception that the Social Network’s sampler soundtrack, the movie about the highly controversial story of the inception of Facebook, will have these familiar signatures from Reznor and Ross.
And there’s no mistaking that when listening to the preview.
Before Nine Inch Nails fans become jubilant, know this: because this is a soundtrack, the composition of the music is subdued in order to add extra emotion to the happenings on the screen. It is supposed to supplement the scene and not really stand on its own. The Social Network’s score has this quality; it is ambient, it is quieter, but, Reznor and Ross actually injected a personality into this soundtrack.
From the looks of the main trailer for the Social Network, things aren’t exactly in-your-face like a Michael Bay flick (thankfully). The soundtrack compliments that with eerie tones, invoking melancholy, anxiety, wonder and perhaps anger. Here’s a break down.
Track 1: Pieces Form the Whole
A very solid introductory piece to the sampler. We are steeped into the usual musical quality of the two, harkening to their recent band How to Destroy Angels rather than Nine Inch Nails. An added mix of 8bit sampling is used to infuse the track with an almost playful personality. It moves nicely, seemingly innocent. From here on out, one does not know what to expect, however.
Track 2: Eventually We Find Our Way
Things are starting to become deeper, even with only the second track in. Eventually is eerie, weird and tense. It has Trent Reznor written all over it. However, before we assume the entire track is brooding, there is a break into a bassline that soothes the entire track into a lull. We focus on that bass guitar until there is nothing.
Track 3: On We March
No Reznor and Ross compilation wouldn’t be complete without at least one piano piece, and On We March has the usual characteristics of a simple, soft piano piece mixed with the Industrial variety of ambience. Perhaps the deepest song on the entire sampler, when given enough listens.
Track 4: The Gentle Hum of Anxiety
This track sounds more like something from a movie score and goes further into the brooding theme. The piece fits its name perfectly, there is an immediate tone of anxiety–that something went terribly wrong or will subsequently. Trent and Reznor added their usual disjointed mixture of sounds, the warped piano being perhaps the greatest flair in this track that separates it from usual soundtrack music.
Track 5: Soft Trees Break the Fall
And finally, the ending track of the sampler. What a perfect ending to the preview, too. It is another track with soft piano, mixed with softer musical notes that blanket the entire tune in wonderment and morose feelings. It continues into a sleepy quell, making you only anticipate more.
Unlike other soundtracks for movies as of late, the Social Network’s should be something to be listened to on its own. It is far from generic, with epic choir lines and the usual orchestral fare that is so commonplace these days. No, it is actually something befitting to the movie it must compliment. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross flexed their musical prowess in a way that certainly won’t steal entirely from the show, but, the score may just receive equal recognition come awards time.
If you need anymore convincing, just download the sampler for free for yourself at The Null Corporation’s main website. Put in your e-mail address to be sent the download confirmation and be in ambient bliss.
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