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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbie solo View Post
    my man digging DEEP....post was made 487 weeks ago haha
    Not too difficult since he didn't post much on there.

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    Waxwork Records are still selling the deluxe Lost Highway soundtrack on splatter vinyl: https://waxworkrecords.com/collectio...s/lost-highway

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    Not strictly related but Leopold Ross’ score for Monarch is great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zimbo View Post
    Not strictly related but Leopold Ross’ score for Monarch is great
    I was actually thinking while watching it how obvious it was that Atticus has shown him a thing or two. Felt very TR/AR-esque at times to me.

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    Just finished watching The Bear with all of its NINE cues from Trent and Atticus (including two NIN tracks). That and Refused being the main leitmotif… it speaks to me cousin.

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    Imagine my utter lack of surprise.

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    Random score thoughts

    man it’s hard to stop awaiting/treating every new score as a whole artistic album. by now they’ve settled on their sound and it’s clear to me they have decided to focus less on every single detail and just get the scores done as they have more of them to do. they’re good and fine to put on but they lack the emotional depth and artistry to me.
    i keep hoping i’ll get wowed once again with every score but i guess dragon tattoo and gone girl just set the bar too high, sigh.

    some thankfully hit the emotional spot though (flood, vietnam war, empire) and i’d say mank hits the artistic one.
    when i listen to them i enjoy them greatly, but when i just think of them they feel like less of an achievement i think
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    It feels that way to me, too, and I think in retrospect it started with Before the Flood - it's a good soundtrack album given the mixture of the three artists contributing to it, but it didn't feel as cohesive or "statement"-y as the first three scores did. I think at that point we started to get a split between the scores that come off more like jobs - Patriots Day, Bird Box, Empire of Light - and the ones that feel more like artistic statements or passion projects - Vietnam War, Watchmen, Waves, Mank, TMNT...you have stuff that falls in the middle for me, like mid90s, Soul, even The Killer despite it being a Fincher thing. I think another delineating factor is how much a score deviates from the typical TRAR soundtrack template - mid90s is a generally brighter, more optimistic sound to my ears, Waves is full-on ambient work, Watchmen and TMNT have some of that NIN drive to them, higher energy than the quiet, plodding tone of something like Bird Box or Vietnam War. The lines get blurry, and personal preference is a big factor in that, too.

    I think the way I feel about it is that Mank was the last TRAR release where care was put into the packaging, how the music was presented to the audience, and even then it took two full years for that nicely-considered package to reach our hands. The last four scores have been unceremoniously dumped out onto Bandcamp, no Null numbers, no nothing. Reaching back to Ghosts V-VI, we got the free digital releases and nothing else (though that was much more understandable given the context of their releases). I think that makes it a lot harder to care about these scores as artistic packages when it feels like giving them to us is an afterthought. It makes me laugh a little every time I see that vinyl mission statement at the top of the web store now, when nothing that's been released in the last three-plus years has gotten any sort of physical release besides the HEALTH collab single and the super-late Mank box.

    I'm not one of those guys that's trying to shine a flashlight through Trent's window demanding that he confirm for me that The Killer is Null 17 and that he and Atticus have five secret NIN albums in the can, but I just feel like even a barebones single-sleeve vinyl release of these soundtracks would be nice. Or even a gimmick cassette. Just something to make it feel like they matter a little is all.

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    According to their GQ interview (which was taken down for some reason), their next film scores will be for Luca Guadagnino's Queer and Scott Derrickson's The Gorge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorast View Post
    the quiet, plodding tone of something like Bird Box or Vietnam War
    Huh? The full scores don't track with that description, certainly not the extended BB.

    I also want to own more scores on vinyl (and Definitive Edition NIN reissues) but I can see why they don't really have the energy or time to see them through to completion given how fraught with complications physical record releases are now, even for artists on a major label let alone independent artists like TR&AR. It would be nice if the With Teeth company leads to a new production workflow that makes more physical music being possible.

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    With vinyl production, if you're not trying to having it available on release, how viable would it be to do batches of pre-orders for something? I've lost track now of how many soundtracks from them I don't own on vinyl as they just don't exist. Not to mention those NIN releases which have never been pressed or are only available for silly money on Discogs.

    I'd be really interested to see what the logistics around this and the finances look like for an operation the size of NIN. I don't even know what the market looks like for NIN physical release now in terms of numbers.

    So for reissues like Year Zero, there's a month-long preorder window where you pony up the cash on the understanding that you may not get it for 6 months or so (which isn't far from what happens with some new releases).

    Same for the soundtracks, they're maybe not available on day one of release, but you preorder and that then gives them a guaranteed amount of money with which to order stock and they maybe add on 10% to have available for sale via the website?

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