I recently got to watch The Social Network. I really enjoyed the movie. I also really liked the soundtrack and was more than happy to find out it was done by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross. Both of which are now in the band How To Destroy Angels. Check them out. I look forward to hearing their upcoming album.
In this video Trent and Atticus walk us through some of the central themes which surround the movie. Also, the use of the Dewanatron Swarmatron in the film to create some dissonance.
I really enjoyed the movie and very quickly purchased the soundtrack. Btw, congratulations on the Golden Globe award for Best Soundtrack. It was well deserved.
Here is the amazing Dewanatron Swarmatron with its eight swarming voices sounding somewhat like the THX sound that we’ve all heard in movie theaters. It also brings to mind the Beatles’ famous crescendos in, “A Day In The Life.”
Thanks to Josh Flynn for shooting the video. And thanks to Leon and Brian Dewan for creating such a beautiful instrument!
The Swarmatron was created to produce eight tones tuned approximately to one note, each tone slightly different in pitch to produce a complex and natural choral effect.
These eight oscillators can be played with a single ribbon controller (variable resistor) to move the pitch center up or down.
The span control expands the sound of a swarm of eight notes spread just a few cents apart into a wide chord of equidistant pitches spread over the entire spectrum. The player can “taffy pull” the resulting chord by using the span control and pitch ribbon in tandem.
Swarms of sine waves evoke swarms of angels congregating. Swarms of sawtooth waves evoke the swarming of bees. The sound of a host of voices, earthly or unearthly, has a unique character recognized by the ear even when they are folded together in unison.
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Contd):