Nine Inch Nails members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross scored Disney’s Soul and said it sounds not “of this Earth.”
When it comes to creating impressive scores for film and TV, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are some of the most sought after composers after the duo’s incredible work on films like The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – and they recently won an Emmy for their stunning soundtrack to Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen. But the pair faced a new challenge when taking on Disney’s Soul, with Trent Reznor explaining that they worked closely with the filmmakers on how the ethereal world of Soul was meant to make audiences feel.
“Our first step is always to listen and really try to understand where the filmmakers are coming from: what they’re seeing, what they’re imagining. We spent a lot of time discussing how you’re supposed to feel when you’re first exposed to the ‘Soul’ world. Then we went back to our studio, which is filled with a variety of real, imagined and synthetic instruments, and spent the first chunk of time experimenting with different arrangements and different instruments and seeing what felt emotionally right to create the fabric of this world.”
Atticus Ross also went on to reveal that there are a number of different locations that Disney’s Soul travels to during Joe Gardner’s adventure, and noted that each one needed a unique sound. Trent Reznor followed his collaborator’s comments up by explaining they created sounds that “aren’t of this Earth” and made them feel organic. It’ll be interesting to hear how the otherworldly music fits into Soul when it arrives on Disney Plus later this year. Take a look at the duo discussing their work below.
AR: “There’s The Great Before, The Great Beyond, The Astral Plane, The You Seminar. Every place needed its own identity.”
TR: “We multitrack recorded them as if we were scoring with an orchestra. We came up with a few techniques over the years that take sounds that aren’t of this Earth necessarily, yet they feel warm and organic and natural.”
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Here is the synopsis for Disney and Pixar’s Soul:
What is it that makes you…YOU? This November, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.
Directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, Soul stars Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, and Angela Bassett.
Soul will be released December 25 on Disney Plus. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news surrounding Disney’s upcoming slate and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube for exclusive video content.