Recently, Moog had the honor of sitting down with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, the genre-defining music innovator, master synthesist and Academy Award winning composer. In the interview, Reznor recounts his intimate relationship with the Minimoog Voyager, which he feels “is the archetype of what a synthesizer is and should be.” Through personal stories, Reznor reveals his decades long history with the instrument and how it has shaped the way he views and creates music.
The video is set to an original score by British electronic music producer, The Haxan Cloak, co-producer of Bjork’s Vulnicura.. Befitting the occasion, the artist used a Minimoog Voyager and a prototype Mother-32, Moog’s newest synthesizer, to create the score.
“I made the track in a unique way that I never have before.
I have had modular synths for a long time, and consistently produced music with them, but purposefully never had a ‘keyboard-based’ setup because of not wanting to treat them in such a ‘traditional’ manner (purely for reasons of self-limitation).
Having the Voyager allowed me to utilize a more responsive approach of seeing the picture and essentially ‘playing’ along to it. I then took those results and used them to modulate other parameters and processed them further. The Mother 32 was used extensively as a sound source alongside also.
The Voyager is a synth I have always been fascinated by, but unfortunately never had the opportunity to own. I knew people that had them, but my first physical encounter was actually on the recent Bjork tour. I used it for a lot for recreating basslines from her back catalogue, which it did effortlessly.
It’s such an incredibly versatile synth and has already become a uniquely indispensable backbone of my studio.” – The Haxan Cloak
Coil’s original ‘Backward’ album – partially recorded in the Nothing studios of Trent Reznor (NiN) – released as double vinyl and CD
After the release of 1990’s “Love’s Secret Domain” album, Coil also started working on “Backwards” in 1992. The recordings were updated considerably between 1993 and 1995, and transferred in 1996 to New Orleans, where it was finished in the Nothing Studios of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). The album obviously saw the results of Jhonn Balance’s recent vocal coaching. 23 years after its initiation, these tracks finally have been preserved by Danny Hyde and made available.
Important to know, these recordings differ substantially from the later, remixed incarnation, “The New Backwards” (2008). What is being released now under the “Backwards” flag are the original versions which have appeared on various compilations over the years, and are now presented as originally intended.
Sonic State goes to visit master synthesist and Nine Inch Nails collaborator and live performer at his home studio. It was an amazing place, stuffed full of beautiful rarities. What follows is the first part of our chat.
In part two of Process, the new video series by Soundtoys, Trent Reznor, keyboardist Alessandro Cortini, guitarist Robin Finck and drummer Ilan Rubin share some behind the scenes info about the use of effects in live performances and the ways they interact with Soundtoys plug-ins Echoboy, FilterFreak, and Decapitator on stage.
Gary Numan makes a surprise appearance on stage with Nine Inch Nails for a performance of his song “Metal,” live in London, UK, July 15th, 2009.
This performance continues with “Cars” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qlUFK…
Filmed by Rob Sheridan with the Canon 5D Mark II. Audio mix by Blumpy.
Nine Inch Nails “Came Back Haunted” covered live on the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest Drum Machine. Stereo Line out of the Tempest, single take, no post processing.
Nine Inch Nails — Came Back Haunted (Audio)
Available now on iTunes: http://ninein.ch/haunted
On tour: http://tour.nin.com
In a press release, Trent Reznor has announced that Nine Inch Nails have signed to Columbia just like his other project, How to Destroy Angels. Reznor has been working on a new Nine Inch Nails album together with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder. The announcement arrives three months after band mastermind Trent Reznor officially reformed his most high-profile project for an extended tour that will kick off this summer. Reznor said last year that he had been writing new NIN songs, in spite of a dormancy that began after the group performed its final show together in Sept. 2009.
Since then, Reznor worked with Atticus Ross on the original scores for 2010’s “The Social Network” and 2011’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the former of which earned him a Golden Globe and Academy Award. He also released an album with a side project, How To Destroy Angels, last March.
The album is now finished. As it seems the recordings were the ‘real impetus and motivation’ behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again.
“My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!”
“I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately,” says Reznor.
“For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great.”
The new album will be out later this year. More news soon.
Out now is the newest How To Destroy Angels video “Ice age”. How To Destroy Angels features Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan (who is also the group’s art director).The group is named after a 1984 Coil single of the same name.
Music video by How To Destroy Angels performing Ice age. (C) 2012 HTDA, LLC
Out by October 5th is the brand new album “Kindred Spirits” by the Dutch cult act Clan Of Xymox. The now Leipzig-based act recorded 11 cover versions for the occasion entirely played, sung and recorded by Ronny Moorings.
On the cover album Moorings has covered tracks by New Order, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, The Cure, The Sisters Of Mercy, Nine Inch Nails and many more.
- Venus – SHOCKING BLUE
- Alice – THE SISTERS OF MERCY
- Is Vic there? – DEPARTMENT S
- A Forest – THE CURE
- Something I can never have – NINE INCH NAILS
- Red Light – SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
- Decades – JOY DIVISION
- Heroes – DAVID BOWIE
- A Question of Time – DEPCHE MODEe
- Creep – RARDIOHEAD
- Blue Monday – NEW ORDER