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''[[Not The Actual Events]]'', ''[[Add Violence]]'' and ''[[Bad Witch]]'' form a trilogy of related albums, respectively released in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The tours [[I Can't Seem To Wake Up 2017]] and [[Cold And Black And Infinite Tour]] took place to support it. This period marks the inclusion of [[Atticus Ross]] as a an official member of NIN, as well as a member of the live band during the tours.
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''[[Not The Actual Events]]'', ''[[Add Violence]]'' and ''[[Bad Witch]]'' form a trilogy of related pieces, respectively released in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The [[NIN 2017-2018]] touring cycle took place to support it. This period marks the inclusion of [[Atticus Ross]] as an official member of [[Nine Inch Nails]], as well as a member of the live band during the tours.
  
 
==Tracklist==
 
==Tracklist==
===Not The Actual Events===
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===''Not The Actual Events''===
 
#"[[Branches/Bones]]" – 1:46
 
#"[[Branches/Bones]]" – 1:46
 
#"[[Dear World,]]" – 4:06
 
#"[[Dear World,]]" – 4:06
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#"[[The Idea Of You]]" – 3:27
 
#"[[The Idea Of You]]" – 3:27
 
#"[[Burning Bright (Field On Fire)]]" – 5:50
 
#"[[Burning Bright (Field On Fire)]]" – 5:50
===Add Violence===
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===''Add Violence''===
 
#"[[Less Than]]" – 3:30
 
#"[[Less Than]]" – 3:30
 
#"[[The Lovers]]" – 4:09
 
#"[[The Lovers]]" – 4:09
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#"[[Not Anymore]]" – 3:06
 
#"[[Not Anymore]]" – 3:06
 
#"[[The Background World]]" – 11:44
 
#"[[The Background World]]" – 11:44
===Bad Witch===
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===''Bad Witch''===
 
#"[[Shit Mirror]]" – 3:06
 
#"[[Shit Mirror]]" – 3:06
 
#"[[Ahead Of Ourselves]]" – 3:30
 
#"[[Ahead Of Ourselves]]" – 3:30
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==Concept==
 
==Concept==
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In an interview with Lizzy Goodman posted on [[nin.com]], [[Trent Reznor]] explains the trilogy’s concept in detail:
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<blockquote>"But to be clear, the record isn’t about Trump, it’s about making sense of the world. The first record, ''Not the Actual Events'', was more of an internal fantasy of what if I lit a match to my life and just embraced burning the whole fucking thing down. You know? All of this is an illusion and I really should be dead or lying in a ditch somewhere. Who I ''really'' am is an addict that self-destructs. That’s my true nature and this is an illusion and some borrowed time. It wasn’t a pleasant thing, but it felt like, that’s a story to tell. And if felt like something I needed to internally process.
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And that supported other things that were interesting to us like aggressive music and a sense of the self-referential, looking back at other albums and pilfering bits of the art design to confuse people and also because I was thinking about those records. To try picking up a guitar, which I told myself I would never do again for whatever reason and finding, you know what? It sounds fucking good. Listening back and going, you know what? That was a good song from 25 years ago, it’s not bad to play something like that. There are no rules. That was the first record.
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It wasn’t fully mapped out but it was meant to feel like if we broke up one big record – if it was ''Downward Spiral'', which has acts, if we do an album like that, but release one act at a time, it will be more immediate and the level of adrenaline and momentum will be higher. And maybe it will be consumed in a way that feels more digestible to an outside world that doesn’t have long attention spans anymore.
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With the second one, ''Add Violence'', the idea was, loosely, to zoom out, to be more global and to imply that maybe we’re all in a simulated reality. And that might introduce the concept of meaninglessness but also provide a safe container to explain why everything feels off.
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By the time we got to the third one, we had an idea in mind but it felt … rehearsed. Predictable. In the end, what felt true was to say that we as a society and as a species are probably an accident, a mutation. Really what we are is fucking animals. And the illusion was enlightenment. The more we’ve connected with each other the dumber we’ve gotten and the more we decide we want to kill each other. We’re not some elevated transcendent beings, we’re bacteria in a jar. I wanted the art direction of Bad Witch to feel like shadows on a cave wall and we’re trying to figure out what it is and really there’s no nice, clean, safe scientific explanation. We’re just an accident. String theory and quantum physics is a fucking trick. And we’re not going to suddenly elevate ourselves into transcendent beings. We’re kidding ourselves. I know this will be an unsatisfying conclusion for some people. It isn’t what they want. They want it to be full matrix virtual reality, and this is the opposite of that, this is dirt and a broken computer chip and everything you believe in is really just bullshit."</blockquote>
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===Summary===
  
 
===About===
 
===About===
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===Links to other NIN material===
 
===Links to other NIN material===
 
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====''[[The Downward Spiral (halo)|The Downward Spiral]]''====
====The Downward Spiral====
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Side B of the ''Not The Actual Events'' vinyl features 3 additional, unlisted tracks from ''The Downward Spiral'' in reverse: "[[Hurt (song)|Hurt]]", "[[The Downward Spiral (song)|The Downward Spiral]]" and "[[Reptile]]".  
 
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Side B of the ''Not The Actual Events'' vinyl features 3 additional, unlisted tracks from ''[[The Downward Spiral (halo)|The Downward Spiral]]'' in reverse: "[[Hurt (song)|Hurt]]", "[[The Downward Spiral (song)|The Downward Spiral]]" and "[[Reptile]]".  
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In the physical component for ''Not The Actual Events'', the lyrics of "She's Gone Away" are superimposed over a copy of page 14 from the Deluxe Edition booklet of ''The Downward Spiral'', and lyrics embedded in the Apple Music release include extra, unsung words directly referencing "Reptile".
 
In the physical component for ''Not The Actual Events'', the lyrics of "She's Gone Away" are superimposed over a copy of page 14 from the Deluxe Edition booklet of ''The Downward Spiral'', and lyrics embedded in the Apple Music release include extra, unsung words directly referencing "Reptile".
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Additional lyrics for "Less Than" are printed on the physical component of ''Add Violence'', and they seem to reference "[[March Of The Pigs (song)|March Of The Pigs]]" by using the line "doesn't it make you feel better".
 
Additional lyrics for "Less Than" are printed on the physical component of ''Add Violence'', and they seem to reference "[[March Of The Pigs (song)|March Of The Pigs]]" by using the line "doesn't it make you feel better".
  
====The Fragile / Still====
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====''[[The Fragile (halo)|The Fragile]]'' / ''[[Still]]''====
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Additional lyrics for "This Isn't The Place", printed on the physical component of ''Add Violence'', are a direct quote from "[[The Great Below]]", with the line "I can still feel you, even so far away". Reznor stated that "This Isn't The Place" is about [[David Bowie]] during a concert. It can be speculated that this line relates to mourning in both case.
  
Additional lyrics for "This Isn't The Place", printed on the physical component of ''Add Violence'', are a direct quote from "[[The Great Below]]", with the line "I can still feel you, even so far away". Trent stated that "This Isn't The Place" is about [[David Bowie]] during a concert. It can be speculated that this line relates to mourning in both case.
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An alternate front cover for ''Not The Actual Events'' is a re-used ''Still'' cover art.
  
An alternate front cover for ''Not The Actual Events'' is a re-used ''[[Still]]'' cover art.
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====''[[With Teeth (halo)|With Teeth]]'' / ''[[Bleedthrough]]''====
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Lyrics from the track "The Background World" feature a reference to the ''Bleedthrough'' concept, in the line "Is always bleeding through".
  
====With Teeth / Bleedthrough====
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Additional lyrics for "The Lovers" printed on the physical component of ''Add Violence'' feature the word "godlike", possibly referencing "[[The Life You Didn't Lead]]". In an episode of the ''Song Exploder'' podcast[http://songexploder.net/nine-inch-nails], Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross explained that the song is about an alternate reality that explores what might have happened if Reznor had never left his old home of New Orleans and had never gotten clean and sober. It began as a sort of poem he had written in order to explore what he calls the "seduction of addiction" and stated that "it was me allowing myself permission to examine a period of my life that I had consciously chose not to think about very much, then immerse myself in it in a kinda 'What if the path I'm currently on wasn't really the right one, and I just went hard-left the other way?".
  
Lyrics from the track "The Background World" feature a reference to the [[Bleedthrough]] concept, in the line "Is always bleeding through".
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====''[[Year Zero]]''====
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''Add Violence'' is in part a continuation of the ''Year Zero'' story and its [[Timeline of Year Zero Discovery|ARG]], with elements appearing on the front cover and the back cover of the album ("SIMULATION ON", "PRESENCE", "2022", etc), in the music video for "This Isn't The Place" (appearance of a "Cedocore" box), and on the physical component. They are all linked together with multiple variations of the panel, mentions referencing the concept of The Trilogy, the physical component appearing itself in the music video, etc.
  
Additional lyrics for "The Lovers" printed on the physical component of ''Add Violence'' feature the word "godlike", possibly referencing "[[The Life You Didn't Lead]]". In an episode of the ''Song Exploder'' podcast[http://songexploder.net/nine-inch-nails], [[Trent Reznor]] and [[Atticus Ross]] explained that the song is about an alternate reality that explores what might have happened if Reznor had never left his old home of New Orleans and had never gotten clean and sober. It began as a sort of poem he had written in order to explore what he calls the "seduction of addiction" and stated that "it was me allowing myself permission to examine a period of my life that I had consciously chose not to think about very much, then immerse myself in it in a kinda 'What if the path I'm currently on wasn't really the right one, and I just went hard-left the other way?".
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It should also be noted that the physical component for Add Violence has the number "24.0.00" on the front which harkens back to the "24.xx.yy" number patterns used throughout the ARG for Year Zero.
 
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====Year Zero====
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''Add Violence'' is in part a continuation of the ''Year Zero'' story and its ARG, with elements appearing on the front cover and the back cover of the album ("SIMULATION ON", "PRESENCE", "2022", etc), in the music video for "This Isn't The Place" (Appearance of a "Cedocore" box), and on the physical component. They are all linked together with multiple variations of the panel, mentions referencing the concept of The Trilogy, the physical component appearing itself in the music video, etc.
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==Physical Components==
 
==Physical Components==
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The first two EPs came with "Physical components", optionally purchased items that were something to physically interact with. For ''Not The Actual Events'', a sealed black envelope of artwork and lyric sheets was available, filled with black makeup powder. For ''Add Violence'', a booklet printed in the style of a manual was made, containing artwork, lyrics and stickers. ''Bad Witch'' did not have a component, but it's speculated by fans that the act of having to physically queue in the US for tickets, for the accompanying tour, was the physical component for this release.
  
 
==Lyrics==
 
==Lyrics==
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==Live==
 
==Live==
 
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<!-- unplayed: "The Idea Of You" "Not Anymore" "Play The Goddamned Part" "I'm Not From This World" -->
 
==Interviews==
 
==Interviews==
  
 
==Artworks==
 
==Artworks==
 
===Not The Actual Events===
 
 
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
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Image:Ntae_alt_4.jpg|''Not The Actual Events'' Alternate digital artwork
Image:Ntae_alt_4.jpg|Alternate digital artwork - Origin: Embedded in first 2016 digital files
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Image:Ntae_physical_component.jpg|''Not The Actual Events'' Physical component
Image:NTAEvinyl.jpg|Vinyl cover art
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Image:Ntae_physical_component.jpg|Physical component
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Image:Ntae_pc.jpg|Physical component package
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Image:bboneshidden1.jpg|Hidden lyrics example 1
 
Image:bboneshidden1.jpg|Hidden lyrics example 1
 
Image:bboneshidden2.jpg|Hidden lyrics example 2
 
Image:bboneshidden2.jpg|Hidden lyrics example 2
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Image:Sga_rep.jpg|Lyric card depicting "Reptile" superimposition
 
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Image:Add_Violence_PC.jpg|''Add Violence'' Physical component
===Add Violence===
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Image:Add_Violence_PC.jpg|Physical component
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Image:Add_Violence_BC.jpg|''Add Violence'' back cover
 
Image:Add_Violence_BC.jpg|''Add Violence'' back cover
[[Image:TITPstill.jpg|Screenshot from the "This Isn't The Place" video
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Image:TITPstill.jpg|Screenshot from the "This Isn't The Place" video
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Image:Bad_Witch_Back_Cover.jpg|''Bad Witch'' back cover
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
===Bad Witch===
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[[Category:NIN Discography]]
 
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Image:Bad_witch_cover_alternate.jpeg|Alternate Cover
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Image:Bad_Witch_Back_Cover.jpg|''Bad Witch'' back cover
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</gallery>
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Latest revision as of 03:57, 7 August 2020

Halo 29: Not The Actual Events
Halo 31: Add Violence
Halo 32: Bad Witch

Not The Actual Events, Add Violence and Bad Witch form a trilogy of related pieces, respectively released in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The NIN 2017-2018 touring cycle took place to support it. This period marks the inclusion of Atticus Ross as an official member of Nine Inch Nails, as well as a member of the live band during the tours.

Tracklist

Not The Actual Events

  1. "Branches/Bones" – 1:46
  2. "Dear World," – 4:06
  3. "She's Gone Away" – 6:00
  4. "The Idea Of You" – 3:27
  5. "Burning Bright (Field On Fire)" – 5:50

Add Violence

  1. "Less Than" – 3:30
  2. "The Lovers" – 4:09
  3. "This Isn't The Place" – 4:44
  4. "Not Anymore" – 3:06
  5. "The Background World" – 11:44

Bad Witch

  1. "Shit Mirror" – 3:06
  2. "Ahead Of Ourselves" – 3:30
  3. "Play The Goddamned Part" – 4:51
  4. "God Break Down The Door" – 4:14
  5. "I'm Not From This World" – 6:41
  6. "Over And Out" – 7:49

Concept

In an interview with Lizzy Goodman posted on nin.com, Trent Reznor explains the trilogy’s concept in detail:

"But to be clear, the record isn’t about Trump, it’s about making sense of the world. The first record, Not the Actual Events, was more of an internal fantasy of what if I lit a match to my life and just embraced burning the whole fucking thing down. You know? All of this is an illusion and I really should be dead or lying in a ditch somewhere. Who I really am is an addict that self-destructs. That’s my true nature and this is an illusion and some borrowed time. It wasn’t a pleasant thing, but it felt like, that’s a story to tell. And if felt like something I needed to internally process.

And that supported other things that were interesting to us like aggressive music and a sense of the self-referential, looking back at other albums and pilfering bits of the art design to confuse people and also because I was thinking about those records. To try picking up a guitar, which I told myself I would never do again for whatever reason and finding, you know what? It sounds fucking good. Listening back and going, you know what? That was a good song from 25 years ago, it’s not bad to play something like that. There are no rules. That was the first record.

It wasn’t fully mapped out but it was meant to feel like if we broke up one big record – if it was Downward Spiral, which has acts, if we do an album like that, but release one act at a time, it will be more immediate and the level of adrenaline and momentum will be higher. And maybe it will be consumed in a way that feels more digestible to an outside world that doesn’t have long attention spans anymore.

With the second one, Add Violence, the idea was, loosely, to zoom out, to be more global and to imply that maybe we’re all in a simulated reality. And that might introduce the concept of meaninglessness but also provide a safe container to explain why everything feels off.

By the time we got to the third one, we had an idea in mind but it felt … rehearsed. Predictable. In the end, what felt true was to say that we as a society and as a species are probably an accident, a mutation. Really what we are is fucking animals. And the illusion was enlightenment. The more we’ve connected with each other the dumber we’ve gotten and the more we decide we want to kill each other. We’re not some elevated transcendent beings, we’re bacteria in a jar. I wanted the art direction of Bad Witch to feel like shadows on a cave wall and we’re trying to figure out what it is and really there’s no nice, clean, safe scientific explanation. We’re just an accident. String theory and quantum physics is a fucking trick. And we’re not going to suddenly elevate ourselves into transcendent beings. We’re kidding ourselves. I know this will be an unsatisfying conclusion for some people. It isn’t what they want. They want it to be full matrix virtual reality, and this is the opposite of that, this is dirt and a broken computer chip and everything you believe in is really just bullshit."

Summary

About

Themes

Links to other NIN material

The Downward Spiral

Side B of the Not The Actual Events vinyl features 3 additional, unlisted tracks from The Downward Spiral in reverse: "Hurt", "The Downward Spiral" and "Reptile".

In the physical component for Not The Actual Events, the lyrics of "She's Gone Away" are superimposed over a copy of page 14 from the Deluxe Edition booklet of The Downward Spiral, and lyrics embedded in the Apple Music release include extra, unsung words directly referencing "Reptile".

Additional lyrics for "Less Than" are printed on the physical component of Add Violence, and they seem to reference "March Of The Pigs" by using the line "doesn't it make you feel better".

The Fragile / Still

Additional lyrics for "This Isn't The Place", printed on the physical component of Add Violence, are a direct quote from "The Great Below", with the line "I can still feel you, even so far away". Reznor stated that "This Isn't The Place" is about David Bowie during a concert. It can be speculated that this line relates to mourning in both case.

An alternate front cover for Not The Actual Events is a re-used Still cover art.

With Teeth / Bleedthrough

Lyrics from the track "The Background World" feature a reference to the Bleedthrough concept, in the line "Is always bleeding through".

Additional lyrics for "The Lovers" printed on the physical component of Add Violence feature the word "godlike", possibly referencing "The Life You Didn't Lead". In an episode of the Song Exploder podcast[1], Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross explained that the song is about an alternate reality that explores what might have happened if Reznor had never left his old home of New Orleans and had never gotten clean and sober. It began as a sort of poem he had written in order to explore what he calls the "seduction of addiction" and stated that "it was me allowing myself permission to examine a period of my life that I had consciously chose not to think about very much, then immerse myself in it in a kinda 'What if the path I'm currently on wasn't really the right one, and I just went hard-left the other way?".

Year Zero

Add Violence is in part a continuation of the Year Zero story and its ARG, with elements appearing on the front cover and the back cover of the album ("SIMULATION ON", "PRESENCE", "2022", etc), in the music video for "This Isn't The Place" (appearance of a "Cedocore" box), and on the physical component. They are all linked together with multiple variations of the panel, mentions referencing the concept of The Trilogy, the physical component appearing itself in the music video, etc.

It should also be noted that the physical component for Add Violence has the number "24.0.00" on the front which harkens back to the "24.xx.yy" number patterns used throughout the ARG for Year Zero.

Physical Components

The first two EPs came with "Physical components", optionally purchased items that were something to physically interact with. For Not The Actual Events, a sealed black envelope of artwork and lyric sheets was available, filled with black makeup powder. For Add Violence, a booklet printed in the style of a manual was made, containing artwork, lyrics and stickers. Bad Witch did not have a component, but it's speculated by fans that the act of having to physically queue in the US for tickets, for the accompanying tour, was the physical component for this release.

Lyrics

Hidden Lyrics

Live

Interviews

Artworks

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