Composer Atticus Ross Shares His Inspiration Behind The Soundtrack For “Broken City”

Composer Atticus Ross has shared his musical inspiration behind the soundtrack for “Broken City.” Best known for his and Trent Reznor’s Oscar-winning score for “The Social Network” and his masterful work on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Book of Eli,” Ross has curated a music playlist exclusively for Rdio.

“Broken City,” which hits theatres today, follows a disgraced ex-cop turned private detective (Mark Walhberg) who uncovers a much grander scandal when he’s double-crossed by the mayor of New York (Russell Crowe). Ross takes us along this action-packed journey with music that builds an equally compelling sound narrative, bookending the playlist with David Bowie tracks and sprinkling his own signature haunting sound from the film in between.

The soundtrack is ominous, heart-pounding, and draws inspiration from ’80s glam rock, industrial new wave, and other beloved scores. The playlist features some David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Mogwai, and The Cure. You can check it out in its entirety below.