Alchemist of Melody
By Stephanie Jorgl
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Reznor even managed to return some inspiration to one of his idols, Bowie, while his immense success on the radio and with record sales sparked a new generation of alternative rock bands to add digital samples, sound design and heartfelt lyrics alongside their crunchy guitar tracks.
Hes additionally touched the worlds of film and video games by doing soundtracks for Oliver Stone and David Lynch, and by scoring the music for the original Quake.
Reznor now spends his days either touring the world with his band, Nine Inch Nails, or back at his New Orleans compound composing new musical arrangements from an unlimited palette of sounds, especially created for him by a dedicated team of audio engineers.
But how did he get there?
Harvested at an Early Age
At the age of 5, Reznor was forced into piano lessons, and got good pretty quickly. Music came naturally to him and at one point he considered dropping out of school to become a concert pianist. But when he hit high school, his musical interests tuned into rock & roll.
I always knew what I wanted to do, but growing up in Pennsylvania in a corn field, I just didnt have any idea how to go about pursuing it, says Reznor.
But he managed to reap a dream bigger than most farm town kids would ever know his own team of sound engineers, a top-notch sound studio in New Orleans and a life fully dedicated to creating his art.
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