Gone Hollywood: Here’s Trent Reznor Talking About Composing For Film

You need to go see Gone Girl. Along with Inherent Vice, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, it’s one of the great American movies of a packed year. It’s enrapturing, haunting, funny, chilling… it’s crazy. Get your butt off this blog and to a theater.

And like you might have guessed, the music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is great. This is their third collaboration with director David Fincher (following The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), and it’s proving to be one of the most fruitful artistic combinations in modern American film, much like the one that Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonny Greenwood have formed. And their score for Gone Girl is, in my opinion, their best yet. It’s certainly some of the freakiest material Trent has produced – often restrained and calm, as if everything is ok, yet at any moment ready to bust loose. Kind of like the feeling of the film. I just hope they continue to work with Fincher, because this is a long-overdue partnership between artists of kin-like sensibilities and capacities.

So you might be wondering, what goes into creating music like this? Well, Trent recently gave some insight on CBS This Morning about his and Atticus’ creative process, workflow, and communication with Fincher.

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