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Reznor & Ross’ New Anti-Social Network (MP3s)

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have now scored two films about socially awkward people using computers to invade others’ privacy. The first was The Social Network, director David Fincher’s collaboration with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (for which they won the film-score Oscar). The second is Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The movie comes out later this month, but the score by Reznor and Ross — the Adler and Ross of downtempo surveillance thrillers — is out a week from today.

Judging by the six tracks made available for free download (at nullco.com) last night, when Reznor announced colorfully on his @trent_reznor Twitter account that he would “push the button,” it is even stronger than The Social Network. The sample tracks have none of the occasional ventures into corporate Muzak that purposefully smudged The Social Network‘s Information Age sheen. Instead, it’s all mixes of swelling ambience and intricate percussives, most notably the detuned plinking of “Hidden in Snow.”

A wide array of Dragon Tattoo purchase options, ranging from mid-fi digital to fetish collector’s object, is introduced at nin.com, and layed out in detail at nullco.com. The full score includes no fewer than 39 tracks. This movie, by all initial appearances, will be saturated in sound.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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