Trent Reznor + Atticus Ross Add Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ Documentary Series to Scoring Resume
Trent Reznor returned to his Nine Inch Nails duties just before the end of the year with the Not the Actual Events EP, but he's still very much engrossed in the film and TV scoring world. According to the New York Times, Reznor and his musical partner Atticus Ross have added to their impressive scoring resume by taking on the upcoming Ken Burns documentary series The Vietnam War.
The 10-part, 18-hour documentary series is expected to premiere in September with more that two cumulative hours of music from Reznor and Ross backing the visuals and on screen narration. According to the report, there will also be reworked bits from Nine Inch Nails songs and their past scores for The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble also contributing some music to the series as well.
It is said by Reznor that he and Ross requested "a laundry list of emotional settings that we could draw upon. A lot of it was about tension and fear." “Mortars, helicopters, people talking — we would process those sounds and use them as rhythmic starting points,” adds Ross.
Though primarily known for their film work with David Fincher, Reznor and Ross branched out in 2016 with scores for the film Patriots Day and the documentary Before the Flood. “The tone of concern in Before the Flood led perfectly into the pure dread, evil and melancholy that we explored in Patriots Day, which also provided us the momentum to make the Nine Inch Nails record ugly and confrontational,” Reznor explained. “We could go deeper in each pool knowing it wasn’t forever. We could take a break from the end of the world by going into a terrorist bombing, or take a break from that by making an ‘I want to kill myself’ album.”
At present, Reznor says he and Ross have yet to schedule any film work in 2017, with Nine Inch Nails becoming the primary focus. The band did just announce a headlining spot at the Panorama Festival, and there has been anticipation for potentially more new music from Nine Inch Nails this year.
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