Trent Reznor and frequent collaborator Atticus Ross have teamed up for another atmospheric film score, and this time around their dark, moody soundscapes will be helping iconic documentarian Ken Burns’ latest epic, The Vietnam War, come to life. As we previously reported, Reznor and Ross drew from field recordings of mortars, helicopters, and people talking as “rhythmic starting points” for the score, which also features reworked music from from Nine Inch Nails songs and their scores for The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

The 10-part, 18-hour epic begins on PBS on September 17th, and Burns personally sought out the duo for the series. “I don’t think he finished the sentence before I said, ‘Yeah, we’re in,’” Reznor recently told the New York Times. “That’s a no-brainer.” Reznor also told the Times that the duo were provided with a blueprint of moods to evoke: rage, courage, sadness, fear, chaos, loss, love, sacrifice, aggression, loneliness, and anxiety—exactly the emotions the uber intense Reznor’s art normally traffics in.

“We are incredibly honored to be a part of this project,” Reznor and Ross said in a joint statement. “With The Vietnam War, Ken [Burns], [co-director] Lynn [Novick], and [senior producer] Sarah [Botstein] have created something of vital importance. To bear witness to their process was immensely inspiring. The sheer scale of the project combined with the magnitude of the subject matter was initially daunting for us, but the commitment, care, and reverence they displayed made the experience deeply satisfying on many levels.”


Stream the album below and check out the original score tracklist and album artwork as well

The Vietnam War – Original Score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Artwork:

The Vietnam War – Original Score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Tracklist:

01. Less Likely
02. Four Enclosed Walls
03. The Forever Rain
04. Remnants
05. Other Ways to Get to the Same Place
06. Torn Polaroid
07. Before Dawn
08. What Comes Back
09. Justified Response
10. Counting Ticks

CD 2
01. A World Away
02. The Right Things
03. Passing the Point
04. Strangers In Lockstep
05. Before and After Faith
06. The Same Dream
07. Haunted