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Title: Trent Reznor; The Man Behind Nine Inch Nails. An Overview Of Trent Reznor Plus Information On The Background Of Industrial Music. The Conlusion Sucks, I Rushed It A The Last Minute.

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TRENT REZNOR : THE MAN BEHIND NINE INCH NAILSTrent Reznor (b. 17 May 1965, Mercer, Pennsylvania, USA), is the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and creative force behind Nine Inch Nails.Reznor trained as a classical pianist during his small-town Pennsylvania childhood, but his discovery of rock and early industrial bands, despite his dislike of the " industrial' tag, changed his musical direction completely.The concept of "industrial music" emerged during the late 1960s and early 1970s with such groups as Throbbing Gristle, Eisturzende Neubauten, Can, and Kraftwerk. These early bands, hardly within the all-consuming "rock and roll" culture, found their inspiration in the "cut-up" techniques of William Burroughs, the musique concrete experiments of Edgar Varese, Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Gesang der Junglinge," and (of course) John Cage - all of whom rethought the concept of "music" by incorporating into their compositions the industrial noises of cars, airplanes, and other machines; the multi-tracking (cut and paste) effects ; and the eerie sounds of early synthesizers. This style of music is clearly evident on Reznors early works such as the Broken ep ( Reznors dog barking features on the track ' Physical' and on the album The Downward Spiral .The original intentions of industrial music was to shock and provoke the audience into listening to the sounds of a culture's excesses, and (perhaps) to provoke thoughts on the role such excesses play in the social control of human beings in mainstream society. Trent Reznors inspiration was influenced onmodern culture and society in general so it made sense to incorporate everyday sounds of modern life into his music. From this Reznors one man band (except during live shows) Nine Inch Nails was born , along with an ever increasing cult following , who often scrutinize every release ,every lyric produced by Trent Reznor.Following a period working in a Cleveland recording studio and playing in local bands, Reznor began recording as Nine Inch Nails in 1988. The dark, atmospheric Pretty Hate Machine, written, played and co-produced by Reznor, was largely synthesizer-based, but the material was transformed onstage by a ferocious wall of guitars, and show-stealing Lollapalooza performances in 1991. Coupled with a major US radio hit with "Head Like A Hole", it brought platinum status. "Head Like a Hole," a song which employs many "traditional" pop formulas, such as verse-chorus-verse song structures, heavy guitar riffs, and an anthematic (if cryptic) chorus ("Head like a hole, black as your soul / I'd rather die than give you control"). These lyrics, the edge in Reznor's delivery, the tape-looped drum, and the synthesizer-propelled melody are all linked to what is generally considered "industrial," but the song itself conforms to the pop formula of creating music (paticularly for radio format).Inspired by the live band, Reznor added an abrasive guitar barrage to the Nine Inch Nails sound for the Broken EP (a...

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