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TRENT REZNOR THE MAN BEHIND NINE INCH NAILS Trent Reznor b 17 May 1965 Mercer Pennsylvania USA is the multi-instrumentalist vocalist and creative force behind Nine Inch NailsReznor 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 Stockhausens 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 cultures 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
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