Update: Reznor also mentioned that he is working with Josh Homme on a Queens Of The Stone Age track as well as finalizing things for a full length How To Destroy Angels release, which will be coming out in Spring.
Earlier today, Trent Reznor took to Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) for one hour and answered several questions that have left fans delighted and, as per his usual cryptic nature, clamoring for more. Among the topics he discussed were the Fragile 5.1 reissue, Nine Inch Nails concerts, individual How To Destroy Angels tracks, and more. Reznor also hints that a future Nine Inch Nails tour could be set for 2013, although nothing has been confirmed as of yet. See below for status updates on various topics.
On the Fragile 5.1 edition: “The 5.1 mixes are done and sound amazing. Alan [Moulder] was the only person who could have possibly done it, and he did not disappoint. There are a couple other elements involved that we want to get right before we put this into production. These involve packaging and additional content. Patience, my friends.”
On how tour lighting/visuals are chosen: “I spend a lot of time and energy thinking about how music is presented live. Lights in the Sky was probably my favorite live show I’ve worked on so far. This was a real collaboration between myself, Rob, Roy Bennett, and Moment Factory. We set out to make an experience and I really felt proud to put that on every night. Cryptic additional comment: 2013.”
On issuing the HTDA tracks for remix purposes: “I’m a big believer in remix culture and would have loved to have had access to my favorite artists’ stems when I was coming up. Of course there was the issue of primitive technology way back then… I don’t know, do you want them?”
On the HTDA track “Ice Age”: “We were experimenting around with the juxtaposition of something familiar and almost folky sounding sitting in a very cold and sterile environment. Mariqueen had this melody that would have been happy living in a Fleetwood Mac record, and we created this plucky accompaniment that sounded acoustic but was anything but. Then we put all that in the freezer. The full record expands the boundaries of the EP a bit more.”
Trent’s favorite piece of gear that he owned/owns: “My Dad got me a Wurlitzer 200a electric piano as a preteen, and it pretty much changed the trajectory of my life. That piano is long gone, but I did recently pick one up, which I love.”
Reznor also spoke about the Year Zero TV series. Check out all the details here.