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Trent Reznor Pens Theme Song For “Call Of Duty: Black Ops II” Video Game


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Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, How To Destroy Angels) has composed the theme song for the upcoming “Call Of Duty: Black Ops II” video game. He recently spoke with USAToday.com about the song, his video gaming habits, new music from Nine Inch Nails and more.

Speaking on his song for the game, he offered:

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“When I sat down with these guys. I kind of wanted to extract ‘If you are looking for a big orchestral, Hollywood-y feeling, traditional-type patriotic score, I can do something like that, but I’m not excited about doing it and it’s not my strength. There’s a lot of other people who can do that better than I can.

I was intrigued by the idea that they were willing to get out of the zone with something a little bit different. What I did was present them with the concept of ‘Let’s have it arranged semi-orchestrally, but let’s have the voice be an instrument. Let’s veer it more towards guitar, bass, drum rock band aggression.

And I don’t mean in a corny rock and roll way, but let’s have a more modern foundation in terms of how it sounds. But let’s have the way the voices are arranged mimic an orchestral range.’ If that makes sense. The first thing I sent back to them was what really wound up being the foundation of the core of the end result.

What I learned in listening to the full story and the amount of effort that has gone into the back story and the characters and the full preparation there is a lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface.

So it didn’t make sense to have a gung ho, patriotic feeling theme song. It has to feel weighty. There is a lot of remorse and apprehension here. So choosing to arrange it a bit more with guitars and drums and aggressively sounding, that struck a tone with them.

If it was set purely in World War II, for example, I wouldn’t have chosen the instruments that I did. The fact that it is set slightly in the future made me feel like maybe it is OK to get away from an orchestra. So we did it the way we did.”

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II” is scheduled for a November 13th release.

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