Ken Burns’ new PBS epic, The Vietnam War, will debut on September 17th. The 10-part, 18-hour special about the war South East Asian conflict will feature a soundtrack crafted by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
The New York Times talks about Trent Reznor coming on board.
“I don’t think he (Ken Burns) finished the sentence before I said, ‘Yeah, we’re in,’” Mr. Reznor recalled in an interview. “That’s a no-brainer.”
The special will feature over 2 hours of original music from Reznor and Ross.
For Mr. Reznor and Mr. Ross, the work was slow and deliberate, beginning not with scenes from the film but a blueprint of moods. The composers requested “a laundry list of emotional settings that we could draw upon” from Mr. Burns and Ms. Novick, Mr. Reznor said. “A lot of it was about tension and fear.”
Reznor and Ross have teamed up to score numerous film projects including The Social Network, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Before The Flood and Patriots Day.
Have a listen to the score below.