Atticus Ross

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Atticus Ross
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Atticus Ross (on the right) with Trent Reznor
Background information
Birth name Atticus Ross
Born (1968-01-16) 16 January 1968 (age 46)
Ladbroke Grove, London,[1] U.K.
Genres Post-industrial, alternative rock, dark ambient, experimental, electronica
Occupations Composer, producer, engineer
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Trent Reznor, How to Destroy Angels, Nine Inch Nails

Atticus Ross (born 16 January 1968) is an English musician, composer and producer. Ross, along with Trent Reznor, won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network in 2010. In 2013, the pair won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for their music for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Personal life[edit]

Atticus Ross is the son of Ian Ross, a founder of Radio Caroline, and Roxana Lampson, daughter of British diplomat Miles Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn and Jacqueline Castellani. His great-grandfather was the noted pathologist and bacteriologist Aldo Castellani, KCMG (Hon.). Liberty Ross, the model, is one of his five siblings. He was educated at Eton College, in the same house as Earl Spencer. David Cameron was also a contemporary.

Early career[edit]

Atticus Ross first came to notice in the mid-1990s as a programmer for Tim Simenon's Bomb the Bass during the period of the albums Unknown Territory and Clear. He worked on a number of production and remix projects with Simenon as well as forming a collaborative relationship with former Bad Seed Barry Adamson. He programmed The Negro Inside Me and Oedipus Schmoedipus, and produced As Above So Below before forming his own band 12 Rounds with Claudia Sarne and Adam Holden. They released two albums, Jitterjuice (Polydor Records) and My Big Hero (Nothing Records). A third full-length album was produced by Trent Reznor for Nothing Records, but ultimately never finished.[citation needed] Three songs from that album have since been released at as of August 2011.

2000 to present[edit]

Since moving to the United States in 2000, Ross has been credited as a producer and/or programmer on five Nine Inch Nails albums: With Teeth, Year Zero, Ghosts I-IV (on which he was also credited as co-writer), The Slip and Hesitation Marks. He performed live with the band at their farewell show at the Wiltern. Beyond Nine Inch Nails, he has worked with Trent Reznor on other acts, including Saul Williams and Zack de la Rocha, and in 2009 they co-produced tracks for a re-formed Jane's Addiction with Alan Moulder.

Other work has included two co-productions with Joe Barresi, the Loverman EP Human Nurture and Coheed and Cambria's Year of the Black Rainbow as well as albums for Korn and Union of Knives. He has also produced tracks or done remixes for such artists as Grace Jones, Perry Farrell and Telepathe.

In May 2010, Ross appeared in a video,[2] and was named as a member of a somewhat secret project,[3] How to Destroy Angels, a collaboration known to also include Trent Reznor and Reznor's wife Mariqueen Maandig.[4][5][6]

Film and television[edit]

Ross's work in film music began in 2004 when he scored the Hughes Brothers' TV series Touching Evil with his wife, Claudia Sarne, and brother, Leopold Ross. He has since provided music for two further Hughes Brothers projects: Allen Hughes's vignette in the film New York, I Love You, and Ross's first feature, The Book of Eli (2010) starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. The score was released through Reprise Records on 12 January 2010, and included a Dave Sitek remix of the main title "Panoramic". It won at the BMI awards and earned Ross a nomination as "Discovery of the Year" at the World Soundtrack Awards 2010. On 1 July 2010, Trent Reznor announced he and Ross were scoring David Fincher's new film The Social Network. The soundtrack was released on 28 September 2010 and was praised for portraying "Mark Zuckerberg the genius, developing a brilliant idea over ominous undertones."[7] Atticus Ross again collaborated with Trent Reznor on the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack. He was slated to work on the 2013 samurai epic 47 Ronin, directed by Carl Rinsch, but was soon replaced by Javier Navarrete.[8]


On 16 January 2011 (Ross's 43rd birthday), he and collaborator Trent Reznor won the award for Best Original Score at the 68th Golden Globe Awards for the original score of The Social Network.[9]

On 27 February 2011, Ross and Reznor received the Academy Award Best Original Score for The Social Network.



Film and Television[edit]

Work with Nine Inch Nails[edit]




  1. ^ Ross, Atticus (June 2010). "How To Destroy Angels Official Blog". Tumblr. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "How to Destroy Angels, Video 2". 
  3. ^ Breihan, Tom (2010-04-28). "Trent Reznor and Wife Mariqueen Maandig Are How to Destroy Angels". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Aditham, Kiran (2010-04-27). "How to Destroy Angels=Trent Reznor + Wife?". Prefix. Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Woods, Travis (2010-04-30). "More News Leaks About Trent Reznor’s Musical Collaboration with Wife". BeatCrave. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Goodman, William (2010-04-28). "Trent Reznor and Wife Form New Band". Spin. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Road to the Oscars: Best Original Score;". 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  8. ^ . 2012-04-06;. Retrieved 2012-04-06.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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