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Trent Reznor Previews Ominous ‘Gone Girl’ Soundtrack

Composer gives a taste of work inspired by “really terrible music you hear in massage parlors”

Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor

Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor collaborated on the soundtrack to David Fincher's film 'Gone Girl'

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David Fincher’s film adaptation of the novel Gone Girl doesn’t hit theaters for another two weeks, but Trent Reznor has offered fans an early chance to immerse themselves in its disturbing sonic landscape. The Nine Inch Nails frontman, who composed the soundtrack with Atticus Ross, kicked the weekend off by posting a preview of the soundtrack on the NIN website.

The selection opens with an ominous chiming tone before a clicking beat kicks in and layers of electronic sounds begin to pile up. Somewhere in the middle, the static retreats, leaving an eerie synth-generated woodwind melody to take over before it’s overwhelmed again by the other sounds.

Reznor, who previously collaborated with Ross and Fincher on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning original score for The Social Network, recently spoke about the direction that Fincher gave the two composers for the Gone Girl soundtrack. “He said, ‘Think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors,'” Reznor told The Wall Street Journal. “The way that it artificially tries to make you feel like everything’s OK. And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel.” Reznor also noted that he attempted to evoke the “feeling of walls closing in” on the main character. (Fincher later corrected this to “a spa, not a massage parlor.”)

Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn’s novel about a man (played by Ben Affleck) who becomes a murder suspect after the disappearance of his wife (Rosamund Pike), opens in theaters on October 3rd.

UPDATE: The Gone Girl soundtrack is now available to stream in full at NPR. Consequence of Sound reports that the soundtrack will be out digitally on September 30th with a subsequent double LP release.  

Gone Girl Soundtrack Track List

1. “What Have We Done To Each Other?”
2. “Sugar Storm”
3. “Empty Places”
4. “With Suspicion”
5. “Just Like You”
6. “Appearances”
7. “Clue One”
8. “Clue Two”
9. “Background Noise”
10. “Procedural”
11. “Something Disposable”
12. “Like Home”
13. “Empty Places (Reprise) “
14. “The Way He Looks At Me”
15. “Technically, Missing”
16. “Secrets”
17. “Perpetual”
18. “Strange Activities”
19. “Still Gone”
20. “A Reflection”
21. “Consummation”
22. “Sugar Storm (Reprise)”
23. “What Will We Do?”
24. “At Risk”

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