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Trent Reznor is not only a critically acclaimed rock star -- hes also Pooper Sniffer Thats the alias he uses while engaging in his other lifelong passion computer games Almost every night in his New Orleans studio Reznor leaves his work on the upcoming Nine Inch Nails album which he cheekily refers to as More Songs About Oppression and Slavery for the Nazi shoot-em-up game Return to Castle Wolfenstein For the 36-year-old games and gadgetry arent just diversions theyre a vital means of artistic exploration Im interested in using the computer as a creative tool as a recording tool as a musical instrument tool he says while nursing some carrot juice in a stylish hotel on a recent jaunt to New York Im not interested in using the computer in the way the manual says to do it not in the clean way but to add a collision of humanity and electronics He pauses then adds with a smirk Theres not always this peaceful coexistence Thats putting it mildly From his recent live CD and DVD And All That Could Have Been back to his debut Pretty Hate Machine Reznor has pursued the sonic conflicts of dissonance and harmony darkness and light tension and release to the point of obsession -- not to mention epic delays But now as he decides which of the 40 songs hes written this past year will be recorded for his next Nine Inch Nails album Reznor says he might have tamed his inner geek So far this record seems more lyric-oriented and musically far less dense spatial and kind of brutal and open and less filled-up tracks he says But once you let me in the studio he laughs I have to restrict myself so I dont go overboard Reznors tempestuous relationship with machines began in of all places a Howard Johnsons restaurant This was the early 1980s and Reznor was a forlorn teenager washing dishes at
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