Sunday, 2/27/11

'The Social Network's' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross win Oscar for original music score

PARTY ON THE INTERNET, WOO! Congratulations to Trent and Atticus!
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And with the assistance of the first YouTube copy I've found (courtesy ickyvicky11, here's a transcript of Trent and Atticus' acceptance speeches:

TR: Wow. Is this really happening? When we finished work on The Social Network, we were very proud of our work and happy to just be involved in this film. And to be standing up here in this company is humbling and flattering beyond words. I'd like to especially thank the Academy for recognizing our work here, and David Fincher - David Fincher, thank you so much for the opportunity. I'd also like to thank my wonderful wife Mariqueen, I love you so much.

AR: Time's nearly out, so I think I might improvise a little. David, everyone who brought the film to life, thank you so much. Trent, I think you're a genius, a great friend and a genius, my wonderful wife Claudia, and our three children, I love you.

Thank you.

Almost two decades ago, after winning his first Grammy for Wish, Trent famously quipped about what his epitaph would read. We're updating that. "TRENT REZNOR: Died. Said 'fist fuck' and won a Grammy. Wrote 'Cocksucker' and won an Oscar."
Thursday, 2/10/11

Perhaps the best cover of I'm Afraid of Americans that a French band has recorded

About a month ago, I got an email from a fellow named Rémi, on behalf of his band Shineski, with a cover version of I'm Afraid of Americans attached. Over the 15+ years I've been running one NIN site or another, I've received a lot of material like that, and I'm usually pretty stingy about passing it along to you, the reader. Sometimes the music's just not good, sometimes I just plain feel weird about it.

But I was pleasantly surprised by Shineski's interpretation of Trent Reznor's remix of David Bowie's song. It's a bit heavier/rockier than my usual fare, but it was interesting enough that I thought it would be cool to share. However, as it was destined to be a bonus track on the physical release of their album, I asked how I could pass the word along if no one could hear it. "I'll just put the track on soundcloud!" replied Rémi. Conveniently enough, that means I can do this:
I'm Afraid Of Americans by SHINESKI
So now you can check it out, and if you like what you hear, check out their bandcamp page, linked above.
Tuesday, 2/08/11

New (old) NIN gear on eBay

NIN AuctionsAnnounced via NIN's Twitter account, there are new listings for NIN gear on eBay. Only five items are live at the moment, but one of them is an exceedingly rare EMS Synthi KS, circa 1972. Also up for bidding is the Minimoog Voyager pictured to the left. If it's any indication of how crazy the bidding is going, the Remo 16" drum head is, at the time of this posting, up to $112.50. You don't even want to know how much the Synthi's already been bid up to.

Okay, maybe you do. Here's where I remind you about the official eBay auctions box on the sidebar to your right. If you move it to the top of the rest of the boxes and don't go clearing your cookies, it should hang at the top for you. It's an easy way to keep an eye on that stuff without having to tromp on over to eBay.

Happy window shopping!
Sunday, 2/06/11

Alternate Social Network OST track names - and a new track.

The Social Network score has been given its own page on the film's website, which has given many new names to versions of the tracks we know, plus a brand new track to us all, "Dinner With Sean". There is also a very limited CD-release of the alternate soundtrack that's floating around, rumored to only have about 6,000 copies in existence.

The tracklisting is as follows (original track names in bold):

    "Main Title Sequence" - Hand Covers Bruise
    "Let the Hacking Begin" - In Motion
    "Cocksucker" - It Catches Up with You
    "In Evidence" - Intriguing Possibilities
    "Does She Have a Boyfriend?"' - Painted Sun in Abstract
    "Zuckerberg Stole Our Website" - 3:14 Every Night
    "Family of Means" - Pieces Form the Whole
    "What Are We Doing About This?" - Hand Covers Bruise, Reprise
    "Bathroom Sex" - Eventually We Find Our Way
    "Violation of Harvard Law" -: 3:14 Every Night
    "Trip to N.Y." - Penetration
    "Dinner With Sean"
    "Bank of America" - Almost Home
    "Who's Eduardo Saverin?" - 3:14 Every Night
    "Fire in My Apartment" - On We March
    "What Were the Shares Diluted Down to?" - Hand Covers Bruise
    "Something's Happened" - The Gentle Hum of Anxiety
    "Soft Trees Break the Fall"

Though these tracks bear strong resemblance to the listed counterparts from the commercially released album, they are in many cases slightly different versions, and are likely the tracks as they appeared in the film, before being reworked into the commercial soundtrack. Back in December, Trent and Atticus spoke to Luke Turner for the Quietus about the soundtrack, and had this to say:

AR: In this case, we went back, and we'd done the score for the film that was the best we could do. We wanted to make the record the best we could in terms of a listening experience. So we went back and extended versions, added parts, just tried to tweak the record to be as much like a record as we could while still being faithful to the film.

TR: We thought we'd write some impressions of what we thought would fit this film. We tried to emotionally get behind the scenes of what Fincher is trying to create, and to make them into pieces of music. Those were originally three to six minute long chunks that worked in the format, we started inserting them into the picture and then started working in the more traditional sense of fitting things around dialogue, still trying to maintain some form of musicality when frames disappear in the editing process. When we finished Atticus and I went back and listened and found we pretty much had a listenable album, and I'm pleased with the way that the soundtrack as an album came out.

AF: There are a couple of things on it that were inspired by the film in those original writing sessions but didn't actually end up in the film, and we felt that would be an appropriate place for them to live.

So while both the "main title sequence" and "what were the shares diluted down to?" are derived from "hand covers bruise," the latter track is a version where the piano was recorded from across the room, using natural reverb to convey an element of distance (as described in the making-of bonus footage on The Social Network disc release)

Listen to them all streaming here!

Thanks to jezstyle on ETS and Aghamorad on Twitter!
Tuesday, 2/01/11

After All Is Said and Done - first look at edited footage

A quick message from Synthetikz (project manager) and a full length teaser from After All Is Said and Done: a fan-shot Blu-ray project documenting NIN's last show at the Wiltern Theater.

For those of you wondering what's been going on with A Tiny Little Dot's production of Nine Inch Nails' final show, "[after all is said and done]", things are moving forward nicely. We've released released a full length trailer of Somewhat Damaged for fans to enjoy, shot exclusively in High Definition and using only fan shot footage.

You can check out the teaser below. For the latest details regarding the project, visit