Thanks to Tracksounds, I found this atmospheric preview of new music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, created for David Fincher’s forthcoming film adaptation, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This is a little more Ghosts than Social Network, I’d say, and if you’re like me, that’s no complaint. I dug Ghosts and Social Network equally, but with different sparking coils of my damp brain.
This new track suggests that, whatever I think of the movie, I’ll be buying the film score. That was practically a given—Reznor and Ross are staples in my “writing atmosphere” playlists. If the film score has the cover of “Immigrant Song” by Karen O and Trent Reznor, from the film’s trailer, I’ll buy it even faster.
Update: I bought the Social Network soundtrack before the movie came out. I saw it coming into port, heard songs wafting in off its deck, through the stinging smoke of the sea, and went out to greet it at the dock. “What’s the word from abroad,” I asked, taking the rope and tying it off as the sailors replied, in unison. They opened their mouths and sound came out of it, warbling and wailing and scratching and beating. In place of tongues they had vibrating speakers. Woofers trembled in their guts.
I don’t really grok music as music but I sort of understand it as the manifestation of some kind of quasi-psychic energy that transmits through the vibrations of physical things (and electrons) that evoke emotion and attitude, that resonate emotionally, that transmute one mood into another. I can’t read music and I don’t speak the language but when I’m in the country of musicians I can applaud as loud as anyone.
Music is often an important part of my writing process. I build playlists that back the work I’m putting together, that rattle my damp coils and make my veins thrum at the right frequency for the right words. It augments the atmosphere.
I mean, yes, I can write in silence. I can also drink water. Sometimes what I want is to be quenched or washed but sometimes, dammit, I want flavor.