The Wall Street Journal ran an exclusive interview with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross this week, detailing the duo’s deadline-pushing score for the David Fincher film Gone Girl. Considering the longtime collaborators won an Oscar and a Grammy for Fincher’s last two movies (The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo respectively), the project has certainly had its share of pressure, compounded by the fact that Reznor is still heavily involved in the creative side of Beats Music and handling the workhorse-like schedule of Nine Inch Nails.
“I can’t say it hasn’t been on the verge of overwhelming in terms of workload,” Reznor told the paper. “[Film scores are] multiple times the work because you’re fixing and modifying and rewriting right up to the end.”
Fincher’s musical direction for the movie was quite simple: start with the soothing sounds of a spa, much like what he recently heard while having work done on his back. “I was listening to that calming, placating music and thought, we need to tap into this,” he explained. “The movie is about the facade of the good neighbor, the good Christian, the good wife. So the notion was to start with music that’s attempting to give you a hug.”
“Then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel,” added Reznor.
Adding an extra dimension to this particular score was a live orchestra, a first for Reznor despite his more than two decades in the music business. As far as why Reznor and Ross work so well together, Fincher said, “They’re both extremely quiet. They’re not the kind of guys who get nervous that they’re not saying anything. It’s not a cultivated opacity — they just hold their cards close. They don’t have time for a lot of bullshit.”
Here’s the movie’s latest official trailer; Gone Girl hits theaters on October 3…