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==Inspiration and recording==
The album began as a couple of tracks that were meant to be included in a forthcoming greatest hits package for [[Interscope Records]]. The sessions gave way to more songs and ended up yielding an entire album.[] At one point during the album's creation, producer Markus Dravs was brought in to add a different perspective from Reznor's long-term team of [[Atticus Ross]] and [[Alan Moulder]]. The collaboration didn't feel right, however, and was terminated.[]
In an interview with ''The Guardian''[], Reznor revealed that the two songs originally written and recorded for the hits package were "Everything" and "Satellite". He also explained what inspired, in his view, a more minimal and sparse treatment of the music:
==Album Credits==
*Written by Trent Reznor
*Produced by Trent Reznor, [[Atticus Ross]], and [[Alan Moulder]]
*Arranged by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
*Programmed by Atticus Ross, with Trent Reznor and Dustin Mosley