Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor recently announced that 5 tracks from “The Social Network” documentary featuring Facebook can now be downloaded for free.
“The Social Network” features background information on Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg and his journey to help start the now reigning social network behemoth.
The five tracks included in the free sampler include: “Pieces Form the Whole,” “Eventually We Find Our Way,” “On We March,” “The Gentle Hum of Anxiety,” and “Soft Trees Break the Fall.” Reznor worked with musician/producer Atticus Ross to create the new tracks. CD sales, HD Blu-ray audio and vinyl options will also be available.
“This is what Atticus and I have been working on for the last few months. We had a great time working with [director] David Fincher on this and the film turned out excellent — something we’re very proud of…” Reznor said in a recent posting “Musically, this all came out of our secret laboratory — electronic in basis, but mostly organic sounding. Lots of experiments and emphasis on sound fraying around the edges while focusing on the proper emotional tone for the various scenes.”
Music fans can download the five tracks for free from this website.
The full soundtrack will be available for download from Amazon and other online portals beginning on September 28th.
Reznor, Radiohead, and several other high-profile musicians have embraced online music distribution, including peer-to-peer file sharing, in the past. Reznor, who was involved in music creation for several video game soundtracks, has also criticized the music industry as a whole. However, most musicians have been relatively quiet and subdued related to file sharing, as the record labels often have the final say regarding distribution.
In spring 2009, Apple and Nine Inch Nails butted heads over an iPhone app the band released because of “objectionable content” that was made available via an app update. Apple eventually backtracked a few days later and began allowing the NIN iPhone app without any significant changes made.
Trent Reznor’s official Twitter account provides a better look into the musician’s thoughts regarding music distribution, piracy, and other topics. He’s definitely an interesting character to follow, who embraces new technologies and distribution methods, rather than attacking them.