Trent Reznor, Gustavo Santaolalla, Mogwai team up for film score and collaborative album

Nine Inch Nails mastermind served as the music supervisor for Leonardo DiCaprio's new documentary Before the Flood


    Trent Reznor has lent his talents to another film, but this time David Fincher is nowhere to be found.

    The Nine Inch Nails mastermind led a formidable group of musicians charged with scoring Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary Before the Flood. Along with frequent collaborator Atticus Ross, Reznor worked alongside fellow Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla and post-rock veterans Mogwai.

    With Reznor and Ross also serving as the music supervisors, the group worked in tandem to “compose a blend of music with a cohesive vision, resulting in the score for Before the Flood along with an album to be released in October.”

    Update: Listen to an except of “A Minute to Breathe”, written by Reznor and Ross for Before the Flood.

    “The incredible music composed for Before the Flood was one of the most unique collaborations I can think of in scoring a film,” said Fisher Stevens, the Oscar-winning documentarian who worked with DiCaprio. “Reznor, Ross, Santaolalla and Mogwai become one voice in capturing the emotion and feeling of Leonardo DiCaprio’s journey to understanding where we stand in terms of climate change, how far gone we are, what can we do about solving this issue and why people are still resistant to understanding how important it is.

    Before the Flood sees DiCaprio and Stevens traveling the world, surveying the areas most affected by climate change and rising sea levels. The film will premiere today at the Toronto International Festival. Beginning October 21st, it will screen in theaters in New York City and Los Angeles, before receiving a global television premiere on the National Geographic Channel come October 30th.

    This marks Reznor’s fourth foray into film scoring, though his previous three projects were for director David Fincher. His music for The Social Network earned him an Oscar for Best Original Score in 2010. A Year later, he picked up the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for his work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. More recently, he scored Gone Girl in 2014.

    Santaolalla has won two Academy Awards for Best Score, and in consecutive years no less. He won in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain, and 2006 for Babel. You may also know his music from Netflix’s Making a Murder.

    Mogwai, too, are veterans in film scoring. Earlier this year, they released Atomic, a documentary about the Atomic Bomb.