The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack was scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for David Fincher's 2011 US adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, based on the bestselling novel by Stieg Larsson. This is the second soundtrack that Reznor and Ross have worked on together, preceded by The Social Network Soundtrack and followed by the Gone Girl Soundtrack, also for David Fincher. Its release number is Null 02, in keeping with The Null Corporation's numbering system.
The soundtrack details were announced December 2nd 2011, along with a free sampler. Earlier that day, "Immigrant Song" premiered on KROQ radio, and was made available as a download to anyone who purchased the iTunes preorder of the album. In addition, the iTunes preorder was accompanied with an extended 8 minute trailer for the film, scored specially by Reznor and Ross. The digital album was made available on December 9th, and the CD on December 27th.
Total run time: 2:54:31
A free 6-track sampler was offered for free on the soundtrack website prior to the album's release, similar to the sampler released for The Social Network. The tracks all were a few seconds shorter or longer than the album variants, due to mixing to make them work better as a simple 6-track release.
Total run time: 36:35
Award Show Sampler
As with The Social Network, a sampler was sent to various Film Award bodies for consideration, with a different tracklist and track names. Although the tracklisting is longer than the commercial soundtrack, its run time is shorter. This is due to the requirement that the voting bodies have only original music, and so that they can link the appropriate scene to the music cues. Also, unlike the commercial soundtrack, each disc is numbered separately, as opposed to continuous numbering.
Disc run time: 49:02
Disc run time: 35:06
In January 2012, the official Sony Pictures website was updated with the sampler for public listening, the tracks unchanged but rearranged into their sequential order in the film.
Limited Edition Release
A Limited Edition, deluxe package was also released, similar to the one released for Ghosts I-IV, and contains:
Composed, performed, arranged, programmed and produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, excepted as noted
Immigrant song - Vocals by Karen O, music performed and programmed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Is Your Love Strong Enough? - Performed by How To Destroy Angels
Vocals on 11, 23, 30, 35 by Mariqueen Maandig
1, 3 ,5, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 33, 35, 38, 39 mixed by Alan Moulder
Engineered by Blumpy
Art Direction by Rob Sheridan
Published by New Columbia Pictures Music, Inc. (ASCAP) and Colpix Music, Inc. (BMI), administered by Sony/ATV Publishing LLC.
Executive Producers: David Fincher and Scott Rudin
Management: Rebel Waltz, Inc.
Thank you very much: Ren Klyce, Ceán Chaffin, Claudia Sarne, Susan Bonds, Alex Lieu, 42 Entertainment, Daniel Miller, Tim Ahlering, Raul Perez, Shelly Bunge, Andrea McKee, Brett Bachemein, Angela Sidlow, Larry Kohorn, Tara-Beaudine-Moore, Valerie Caton, Neil Ross, Fred de Jong, Michelle Jubelirer, Don Kennedy, Arif Mahmud, Gary Stiffleman, David Byrnes, Irina Volodarsky, Doug Mark, Paul Friedman, Tony Ciulla and Laura Haber
The soundtrack was originally confirmed on January 7, 2011, on a New York Times panel interview with Reznor. A teaser trailer for the film was later released online on June 2nd (previously being attached to certain domestic and international films), featuring a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song", by Reznor, Ross and Karen O (from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). On August 10th, [DragonTattoo.com] (the film's official website), was updated to feature background music, with the filename "Dotcom.mp3". As was the case with "Hand Covers Bruise" from The Social Network's official site, this backing music was the first piece from the score to be available for listening. A full-length trailer for the film was released on September 22nd, featuring music from the score again, the first time the score had been set to footage.
Mouth Taped Shut
A Tumblr blog entitled "Mouth Taped Shut" was started on 20th August, releasing behind-the-scenes photographs of the shooting and production of the film. On October 3rd, the blog posted a video of posters for the film being printed, with backing music by Reznor and Ross. The blog was also used extensively to promote a public preview of the film, and had snapshots of the score in progress.
Comes Forth In The Thaw
An image posted on Mouth Taped Shut showed Reznor in the studio, working on the score. On the monitor of his computer, however, there was a url posted, www.comesforthinthethaw.com, which when typed in linked to a site featuring an array of further background music.
What Is Hidden In Snow
Following a clue on ComesForthInTheThaw, the website WhatIsHiddenInSnow.com was found, which led to a series of treasure trails around the world, finding pieces from the film as part of an Alternate Reality Game promotion.
Nine Inch Nails performed "What If We Could?" live at the 2013/07/28 Ansan, South Korea show as part of the NIN 2013 tour. It was the first time any of Reznor and Ross' score material had been performed live.