Release Date: Oct 15, 2010
Record label: The Null Corporation
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Experimental Ambient
The taut intelligence of The Social Network’s mix of competition, technology, and betrayal extends all the way to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score. Artful sound design and textural interplay are dead giveaways that Reznor had a hand in this music, as are the carefully chosen motifs: spectral pianos pass through icy and brittle electronics and brush up against corrosive electric guitars. Reznor has been working with sounds like these for years, and with particular precision on later Nine Inch Nails albums like Year Zero.
It is surely no easy task to compose a score for a film written by Aaron Sorkin. The West Wing creator’s witty dialogue has a certain music lurking in its DNA, an unrelenting staccato rhythm that evokes its own audio contexts without the help of background orchestration. In the Sorkin-penned, David Fincher-directed The Social Network, this rhythm sweeps the viewer (and the listener) up and away in a tide of language, as a counterpoint to—or a reflection of?—the flash-flood of programming code and text-based interaction through which Facebook rides into the popular consciousness.