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- "I have always looked to that franchise as the cutting edge of what seemingly unlimited budgets and full-on not cutting any corners can do in the current day and age"
- — Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor the Nine Inch Nails frontman is going to compose the theme song for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Treyarch were apparently looking for an artist "that could represent something a little bit dark, sometimes conflicted, bold original and engaging".
He says "When I sat down with [Treyarch]. I kind of wanted to extract 'If you are looking for a big orchestral, Hollywood-y feeling, traditional-type patriotic score, I can do something like that, but I'm not excited about doing it and it's not my strength. There's a lot of other people who can do that better than I can."
"What I did was present them with the concept of 'Let's have it arranged semi-orchestrally, but let's have the voice be an instrument. Let's veer it more towards guitar, bass, drum rock band aggression. And I don't mean in a corny rock and roll way, but let's have a more modern foundation in terms of how it sounds."
"What I learned in listening to the full story and the amount of effort that has gone into the back story and the characters and the full preparation there is a lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface. So it didn't make sense to have a gung ho, patriotic feeling theme song. It has to feel weighty."