It sounds like an electronic pulse wired to your brain via your ear holes; sometimes up-lifting, sometimes haunting, but always mesmerizing. That’s how I would describe the soundtrack to The Social Network by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. And who gives a shit if I saw the movie or not, I’m talking about the music, standing alone and causing an effect, which it certainly does.
While listening to “The Social Network” soundtrack your body cells will expand, multiply and divide. You will grow as a human being and increase those little neurological centers in your brain (synapses, I think is what they are called) that help with cognition and define you as “you”. The sound will travel your blood stream and neurological network, flowing from your fingertips to your toes as it generates life inside of you where life never existed. I hope that you understand that this is not just something you listen to on your car stereo as you drive from the supermarket to your apartment – no! This album/soundtrack is meant to be listened to while sitting, preferably with a full set of headphones and no disturbances. You are to experience it, and not like those unrewarding blockbuster movies that are released in 3D each summer, but like The Downward Spiral (1994) or Broken (1992), where subterranean nuances of sound are woven into the rhythm and your body and mind grows from listening. However, this is a new Trent Reznor that we hear. This isn’t the chaotic and paranoid, “I want to f*** you like an animal” Trent Reznor that we once knew. This Trent Reznor is more simple, calm, and at ease.
What you should experience (if you properly listen to the soundtrack using the technique described above) is something beyond love-making or exercising. It is a new physical act that can increase body awareness. So, are you ready for it? Are you ready for the experiments of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross? Will you be ready for their future experiments? I certainly hope so.
In addition to “The Social Network” soundtrack be sure to check out theses other Nine Inch Nails albums by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross that are similar in sound; Ghosts I-IV, The Slip, as well as a new collaboration that includes Reznor’s wife, How to Destroy Angels.