“The Book of Eli” by Atticus Ross

After all the success Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross had with their past efforts, it’s really interesting to hear only Ross’ side of the coin. To be able to go back to a time before the duo started collaborating on soundtracks. The Book of Eli shows very clearly, that all the elements of his later work were already present, albeit not in the same well-elaborated form. My goal for this cover series was to provide the same quality design for Atticus Ross’ solo work, as I did before for The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl. I wanted to give the soundtrack the feel…

“Gone Girl” by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

The official announcement for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ soundtrack album to Gone Girl came quite late in the game. It was merely a good week before release that the Null Corporation announced a tracklist and the official artwork. But because I started working on this series in early September I had no knowledge of the design direction the label would follow. That fact made these custom covers really challenging. It almost felt like an official assignment to me and I approached it with appropriate care. Retrospectively my early draft (#2) for the primary cover artwork came pretty close to the official one (#1). Yet, opposed to its two predecessors, this time the label added an extra Soundtrack From The Motion Picture…

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

When Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was released in December 2011, the online film music fanbase had just calmed down from ranting and raving about the duo’s first foray into the holy realm of film scoring, The Social Network. Feelings ran high, especially after they snatched the 2011 Best Original Score Oscar from all the other honourable composers. So when Reznor announced a massive two and a half hour long 6-LP-Set for Dragon Tattoo, soundtrack critics around the world must have been completely baffled. And indeed they were… Regardless of the debatable quality of the music, the package it came…

“The Social Network” by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Various Artists

With The Social Network Trent Reznor’s recent change of style culminated into an astonishing, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning musical composition. Together with long-time collaborator and soundtrack composer of his own, Atticus Ross, he inked the film images into an incredibly melancholy, yet restlessly pulsating sound cloud, that pushed the film in a completely different light. Please have a look at this short documentary to see and especially hear the huge impact Reznor and Ross had with their score. With David Fincher at helm of the movie one could assume to get a thoughtful and stylish ad campaign. But looking at…