- 01 Mar 21
Reznor and Ross have scored multiple films in the past, including David Fincher’s 'Gone Girl' and 'The Social Network' - for which they won the Oscar for Best Original Score.
Reznor and Ross usually score darkened material for films like Bird Box, whereas Soul marked the first time Nine Inch Nails frontman Reznor could allow his children watch the project he was scoring.
“This is the first work of art I’ve ever made that I can show to my kids,” Reznor said in his acceptance speech.
The duo were also competing against themselves in the same category, having also bagged a nomination for Nine Inch Nails' work on David Fincher’s Mank.
Speaking out about the Soul score, Reznor and Ross recently told Heroic Hollywood that the soundtrack is not “of this Earth”.
“Our first step is always to listen and really try to understand where the filmmakers are coming from: what they’re seeing, what they’re imagining," Reznor explained.
“We spent a lot of time discussing how you’re supposed to feel when you’re first exposed to the Soul world. Then we went back to our studio, which is filled with a variety of real, imagined and synthetic instruments, and spent the first chunk of time experimenting with different arrangements and different instruments and seeing what felt emotionally right to create the fabric of this world.”
— Soul (@PixarSoul) March 1, 2021
Soul is directed by Pixar’s chief creative officer Pete Docter. The film focuses on a music teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx) who must do some existential searching before achieving his dream of playing New York jazz club The Blue Note. Other voice talent includes Questlove, Tina Fey, Hamilton's Daveed Diggs, and more.