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[Musical Inspiration] Nine Inch Nails

February 2, 2012

I started to write what I thought might be a long post, but then realized that there’s probably not a whole lot I can say about Nine Inch Nails that would be news to anyone reading this. To anyone who draws artistic inspiration from music, the music of NIN, and by extension most anything by Trent Reznor really, is an auditory map of a dark and mysterious dreamscape inhabited by vibrant nightmares and emotional catharsis.

You need inspiration for a character’s rage? Check.

You need inspiration for a character who feels betrayed? Check.

You need inspiration for a character who’s lost their way, either literally or figuratively? Big check.

You need inspiration for a character who’s determined to find their way back through the darkness whatever it takes? Double check.

If for some reason you’re not so familiar with this band’s body of work, it’s easy to fix that. You can download an entire album for free at their official website, The Slip. Though personally my favorites are the double album, The Fragile, and it’s follow-up, With Teeth. If you’ve listened to them, can you see how they’ve helped shape my latest novel project?

I have to admit I feel a little hesitant about embedding a music video below in this case. When have you ever seen a music video that lived up to the pictures in your head?

Trent Reznor’s more recent work on the film soundtracks of The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are different from, but no less impressive than his earlier work with NIN. But so far, I’m not quite as impressed with Trent’s latest project, How to Destroy Angels as a band separate from the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack. They sound just a bit too much like NIN without actually sounding like them. Listening to their EP (also a free download) just makes me wish NIN would make its official comeback already.


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