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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Discuss Scoring ‘Gone Girl’ In Live Q&A


Don’t hold your breath for Trent Reznor to score any Pixar movies anytime soon — but don’t completely discount it either.

The Nine Inch Nails frontman and his film composing partner Atticus Ross sat down for the keynote Q&A session during the ‘Billboard/Hollywood Reporter FIlm & TV Conference’ today at Universal Studios in Hollywood, and the Oscar winners opened up about their scoring process for director David Fincher — particularly their latest collaboration, ‘Gone Girl.’

During the event, which was streamed live online, Reznor spoke about everything from how he got involved with Fincher to what movie scores moved him personally (he cited ‘Halloween,’ ‘Taxi Driver’ and Michael Keaton’s latest, ‘Birdman’). “[Scoring] has been inspirational, educational and interesting to apply my skill set into a different medium,” said Reznor. “It’s affected me in a lot of ways — mostly positive.”

The pair spent much of the discussion talking about specific portions of music written for the film and talked a lot about incorporating unique sounds into the atmospheric soundtrack. “Long ago, I was inspired by bands that used noise and got away from traditional instruments because I thought there was a beauty in that,” Reznor said. “It’s all just sound and if it’s presented in a way that has an emotional response, then why not? It’s not simply about what feels like music but what affects how you see a scene and how you emotionally respond to it.”

Although Reznor has only worked on Fincher films so far (including 2010’s ‘The Social Network’ and 2011’s ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’), he said he would definitely be willing to work with another director.  “I’m open to any possibility,” he said. “I’m trying to keep film work for me as something that feels like a thing on the side — a special treat to be able to do — and not necessarily try to fill my schedule with project after project.”

But what about scoring, say, a new ‘Despicable Me’ movie? “The artist in me is interested in seeing what I’m capable of,” he said. “I can hear a score like ‘Despicable Me’ and be amazed of what it is and be appreciative of it. I don’t know if I can do that. The technician in me, the person that wants to learn things and try new methodologies is interested to see if I’m capable of doing that, but I have no idea if I could.”

Watch the entire Q&A session below:

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