Pieces Form The Whole
Its first appearance was on the free sampler download for The Social Network.
An alternate version of the piece is titled "Family of Means" on the Sony Pictures website for Academy Award consideration.
Written by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
- The Social Network Soundtrack
- The Social Network Soundtrack Academy Award consideration website
- The Social Network Soundtrack free download sampler
Pieces Form the Whole
This is the original version. It begins with a pulsating bass drone, which is joined by an electric piano motif and percussive elements. The bass drone gives way to atmospheric pads beneath the other elements, soon joined by a prominent lo-fi keyboard melody and a synthesized counter-melody with the return of the drone. Giving away a second, more gradual time, layers of drones build back up to welcome in the bass pulse, keyboard melodies, and percussion. Eventually, these elements fade down beneath the drone layers, which then fade out as well. "Family of Means," though its initial section before it drops out to the electric piano progression is longer, is a shorter version of the track: its electric piano break is much shorter, as is the return of the layers afterward; the piece also ends after this return section, fading out the drone layers rather than returning the elements for a third round and then descending into drones as on the commercially available version.