Reznor swaps angst for Oscars

Trent Reznor, once the angry young man of industrial hardcore, is now the contented middle-aged man of movie soundtracks. Well, maybe not quite, but the singer who made his name as the frontman of Nine Inch Nails has almost become part of the Hollywood mainstream.

He has moved from the self-destructive angst of his early music, to the collaborative discipline of movie scores. He talked about the transition in an interview with The Guardian. "I'm not at war with myself as I once was," he said. "Life isn't miserable. I don't miss that."

Reznor won an Oscar for his soundtrack to David Fincher’s The Social Network, and has spent the last year working on the music for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, for the same director.

He admitted to being out of his depth when first asked to score The Social Network. "I sat with Fincher and said, 'I'm not going to bulls**t you. I don't really know how to do this. What do you want?'"

Fincher wanted "the sound of creativity". Reznor, used to being the singer and centre of attention, quickly learned that soundtrack music was subservient to the screen action. "I was adhering to the one lesson I'd heard: music is in service to the picture. It's powerful but it's a supporting role."

With an Oscar on his shelf, and a Golden Globe nomination for the latest soundtrack, Reznor is now being inundated with offers, but is unwilling to commit to more projects at present. "If every director was as smart and challenging as David Fincher, OK, that's a discussion. But they're not."

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