The Music and Sound Design of “The Social Network”

via Soundworks Collection:

SoundWorks Collection Exclusive: In this 45-minute panel discussion, moderated by Bruce Carse, music composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are joined by sound re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor Ren Klyce to discuss their work on David Fincher’s The Social Network.

Filmed on Sunday, November 7th, 2010
DGA Theater, Los Angeles, CA

Movie Studio:
Columbia Pictures

Sound Studio:
Skywalker Sound

Directed by:
David Fincher

Original Music by:
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Sound Department:

Thom Brennan …. foley supervisor
Coya Elliott …. assistant sound effects editor
Mark Fay …. second boom operator: cable man
Malcolm Fife …. dialogue editor
David C. Hughes …. sound effects editor
Ren Klyce …. sound re-recording mixer & supervising sound editor
Dug Winningham …. Field Recordist
Nick Kray …. adr mixer
David C. Manahan …. sound utility
Jeremy Molod …. assistant supervising sound editor
Alyson Dee Moore …. foley artist
Nathan Nance …. assistant re-recording mixer
Larry Oatfield …. sound effects editor
David Parker …. sound re-recording mixer
Richard Quinn …. adr editor
David Raymond …. boom operator
John Roesch …. foley artist
Ronald G. Roumas …. sound recordist
Michael Semanick …. sound re-recording mixer
Mark Weingarten …. sound mixer
Tom Williams …. 2nd unit mixer

Movie Synopsis:
Every age has its visionaries who leave, in the wake of their genius, a changed world – but rarely without a battle over exactly what happened and who was there at the moment of creation. In The Social Network, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin explore the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomenon of the new century, was invented — through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. The result is a drama rife with both creation and destruction; one that purposefully avoids a singular POV, but instead, by tracking dueling narratives, mirrors the clashing truths and constantly morphing social relationships that define our time.

Drawn from multiple sources, the film moves from the halls of Harvard to the cubicles of Palo Alto as it captures the visceral thrill of the heady early days of a culture-changing phenomenon in the making — and the way it both pulled a group of young revolutionaries together and then split them apart. In the midst of the chaos are Mark Zuckerberg (JESSE EISENBERG), the brilliant Harvard student who conceived a website that seemed to redefine our social fabric overnight; Eduardo Saverin (ANDREW GARFIELD), once Zuckerberg’s close friend, who provided the seed money for the fledgling company; Napster founder Sean Parker (JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) who brought Facebook to Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists; and the Winklevoss twins (ARMIE HAMMER and JOSH PENCE), the Harvard classmates who asserted that Zuckerberg stole their idea and then sued him for ownership of it.

34 Responses to “The Music and Sound Design of “The Social Network””

  1. daniel whalen November 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm #


  2. eli November 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    i like how that trent promoted the hell out of this.

  3. daniel whalen November 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Kopek! Love Is Dead!

  4. audibleobsession November 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Fantastic interview!

  5. daniel whalen November 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    WTF mate! I’m not your mate fag! A fag is a ciggarette mate! Well I’m still not your mate ciggarette!

    • Hayley November 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

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  6. @chaseKevin November 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    another great post guys!.. keep ’em coming.

  7. daniel whalen November 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    I know what’s going on here… Congratulations on this How To Destroy Angels: The Space in Between [1080p] – EP OUT NOW

  8. Andrew H November 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    I read somewhere that Trent watched the film Natural Born Killers over 50 times to help write the soundtrack. Did you watch The Social Network anywhere near as many times to help write it? And how different was this to the NBK soundtrack?

  9. Alejandro November 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    oh! a great interview

  10. taunia November 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    i could care less about this movie but i can’t wait for the next NIN album :D

    • Telladictorian November 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm #


    • Jason November 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

      Except that there isn’t going to be another NIN record. Or so we’re told.

      • Blah November 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

        Actually all trent did was say he wouldn’t tour anymore. “Theme for Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” was released after the announced “break up.” I mean, honestly, nine inch nails was the best touring band ever, but if wants to lay back and just make awesome music i don’t care what name he’s using. He is nine inch nails.

      • Tyler November 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

        That’s not accurate. We’ve been told Trent won’t be touring for the immediate future. It’s fully within the realm of possibility that he may release another NIN album in the next couple years. I hope he does but the man deserves a break to relax with his wife and enjoy life.

        • Tyler November 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

          Oops, I meant for the foreseeable future, not immediate future.

        • Doexy December 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

          Trent has said that after HTDA he plans on creating new music for NIN. If he puts out a new record he’ll most definitely tour.
          NIN is not dead.
          -And whatever happened to the Year Zero tv series?

  11. Charlotte B. November 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    Fantastic movie, fantastic music, fantastic interview. I’m a HUGE Reznor fan, so this is great.

  12. amgloops November 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    exelent music and fil I see in bsas
    and the reznor pieces very high level continuation of ghost
    and the piece bay you are the richman
    the beatles
    exelent very actual music all!

  13. art November 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    TR plug = profit?

  14. gregwar December 3, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    Atticus speaks !!1

    Atticus what the hell are u trying to say ??!

  15. thatOracle December 10, 2010 at 2:10 am #

    I like the OST very much!
    and the remaster of PHM,”get down,make love”sounds interesting~lol

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