The pair were in the studio to premiere music from the score of Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change documentary, Before the Flood. Reznor said he and Ross have also been composing music for Peter Berg's upcoming movie about the Boston Marathon bombings and that the follow-up to NIN's 2013 LP Hesitation Marks is underway.
"That's been three points on a triangle of different energy," Reznor said. "I'm feeling creatively excited. And I've reminded myself – as I've veered off into technology for a while – that the act of writing and self-examination that comes from making music really helps me understand who I am again. Things are going good and when we have something that we think is excellent, we will unleash it on the world."
Reznor and Ross also spoke with Lowe about crafting the score for Before the Flood with Argentine film composer Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai and reflecting director Fisher Stevens' vision in the score. "My instinct wasn't to take it down a happy path, and I don't think we've made light music necessarily, but we didn't make utter despair filled tracks," Reznor said. "I can speak for myself and Atticus as fathers of young children: It reframes one's place in the world and one's duty, and seeing this wide-eyed innocence and optimism of youth, I want to make sure there is a planet for them."
Ross added, "The working title of the film was Are We Fucked Yet? and the answer is, 'We aren't – yet. But we do need to take action.'" Before the Flood will be released Friday, October 21st.