Scoring the Vietnam War (in the Ken Burns Doc)

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Trent Reznor, best known as the lead singer of the hard rocking band Nine Inch Nails , also has made his mark in recent years as a composer of movie scores. He and collaborator Atticus Ross won an Oscar for his first one, for the film The Social Network, in 2010. The  latest composing gig for Reznor and Ross is for The Vietnam War , the many-years-in-the making, ten-part, eighteen-hour  documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, which airs on PBS in September.

“I don’t think [Burns] finished the sentence before I said, ‘Yeah, we’re in,’” Reznor told The New York Times recently. “That’s a no-brainer.”

“Not every opportunity to score a film feels like it’s an artistic endeavor,” he said. “Rather than just accumulating projects, we’ve tried to select things that challenge us and feel exciting.”

The score will have more than two hours of original music by Reznor and Ross, with additional Nine Inch Nails songs and tunes from their other film scores, as well as period music from—among others–the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan.




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