Atticus Ross

Atticus Matthew Cowper Ross (born 16 January 1968) is an English musician, songwriter, record producer, and audio engineer. Along with Trent Reznor, Ross won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network soundtrack in 2010. In 2013, the pair won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for their soundtrack to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Ross has worked with Reznor's band Nine Inch Nails since 2005, and became an official member of the band in 2016.

Atticus Ross
Ross (right) with Trent Reznor in March 2006
Background information
Birth nameAtticus Matthew Cowper Ross
Born (1968-01-16) 16 January 1968
Ladbroke Grove, London, England
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • audio engineer
InstrumentsKeyboards, synthesizer
Years active1992–present
Associated acts

Early life

Ross was born in Ladbroke Grove, London,[1] to Roxana Lampson and Ian Ross, a founder of Radio Caroline.[2] He has five siblings, including fashion model Liberty Ross and musician Leopold Ross. His maternal grandfather was diplomat Miles Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn,[3] and his great-grandfather was Italian pathologist and bacteriologist Aldo Castellani.[3] Ross was educated at Eton College, where he was a contemporary of future Prime Minister David Cameron,[2] and at the Courtauld Institute of Art.[4]



Ross 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 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 and My Big Hero. A third full-length album was produced by Trent Reznor, but was ultimately never finished. Three songs from that album have since been released on the band's website.[5]


Since moving to the United States in 2000, Ross has been credited as a producer and/or programmer on the Nine Inch Nails albums With Teeth, Year Zero, Ghosts I-IV (on which he was a co-writer), The Slip, and Hesitation Marks. He performed live with the band 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 they co-produced tracks for a reformed Jane's Addiction with Alan Moulder in 2009.

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. He has also produced tracks or created remixes for such artists as Grace Jones, Perry Farrell, and Telepathe. In May 2010, Ross appeared in a cryptic video[6] and was named as a member of a secret project,[7] later revealed to be How to Destroy Angels, a collaboration between Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig.[8][9][10] In 2016, Ross composed an original score titled 'The Journey' for FIFA 17's new single-player story campaign mode.[11]

Film and television

Ross' 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' vignette in the film New York, I Love You, and Ross' first feature film, The Book of Eli (2010). The Book of Eli score was released through Reprise Records on 12 January 2010. It won at the BMI awards and earned Ross a nomination as "Discovery of the Year" at the 2010 World Soundtrack Awards.

On 1 July 2010, Trent Reznor announced that he and Ross were scoring David Fincher's new film The Social Network. The soundtrack was released on 28 September 2010 and was highly praised.[12] On 16 January 2011, they won the award for Best Original Score at the 68th Golden Globe Awards for their score to The Social Network.[13] On 27 February, they received the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network. Ross and Reznor again collaborated on the soundtrack to Fincher's 2011 film Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. In 2013, the pair won a Grammy Award for Best score soundtrack for visual media for their Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack.

Ross was slated to work on the 2013 samurai epic 47 Ronin, directed by Carl Rinsch, but was soon replaced by Javier Navarrete.[14] Ross and Reznor again teamed up with Fincher to score his 2014 film Gone Girl. In 2016, Ross and Reznor, along with composer Gustavo Santaolalla and the band Mogwai, collaborated to create the score to the documentary film Before the Flood.[15]

On 25 June 2017 Ross, along with Trent Reznor, Mariqueen Maandig Reznor, Robin Finck, Joey Castillo, and Alessandro Cortini appeared as "The Nine Inch Nails" in Episode 8 of Twin Peaks: The Return on Showtime, performing an alternative live rendition of the song "She's Gone Away" which previously appeared on Nine Inch Nails' 2016 extended play Not the Actual Events.[16]


Musical scores


Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2008 New York, I Love You Various Vivendi Entertainment Segment #6
Composed with Claudia Sarne and Leopold Ross
2010 The Book of Eli Hughes brothers Warner Bros. Pictures
Summit Entertainment
Composed with Claudia Sarne and Leopold Ross
The Social Network David Fincher Columbia Pictures Composed with Trent Reznor
2011 Days of Grace Everardo Gout ARP Sélection Composed with Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Leopold Ross, Claudia Sarne & Shigeru Umebayashi
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Fincher Columbia Pictures Composed with Trent Reznor
2013 Broken City Allen Hughes 20th Century Fox Composed with Claudia Sarne and Leopold Ross
2014 Love & Mercy Bill Pohlad Lionsgate
Roadside Attractions
Gone Girl David Fincher 20th Century Fox Composed with Trent Reznor
2015 Blackhat Michael Mann Universal Pictures Composed with Harry Gregson-Williams and Leo Ross
Crocodile Gennadiy Steve Hoover Roco Films Composed with Bobby Krlic and Leopold Ross
2016 Triple 9 John Hillcoat Open Road Films Composed with Bobby Krlic, Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
Visions of Harmony[17] Joe Sill N/A Composed with Trent Reznor
Before the Flood Fisher Stevens National Geographic Composed with Gustavo Santaolalla, Trent Reznor, and Mogwai
Patriots Day Peter Berg Lionsgate Composed with Trent Reznor
2017 The Black Ghiandola Catherine Hardwicke
Theodore Melfi
Sam Raimi
N/A Short film
Composed with Trent Reznor
Death Note Adam Wingard Netflix Composed with Leopold Ross
2018 Mid90s Jonah Hill A24 Composed with Trent Reznor
A Million Little Pieces Sam Taylor-Johnson Entertainment One Composed with Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
Corazón [18] John Hillcoat Serial Pictures
Bird Box Susanne Bier Netflix Composed with Trent Reznor
2019 Waves Trey Edward Shults A24
Earthquake Bird Wash Westmoreland Netflix Composed with Leopold Ross & Claudia Sarne
2020 Soul Pete Docter Walt Disney Studios
Pixar Animation Studios
Composed with Trent Reznor


Year Title Original channel(s) Notes
2004 Touching Evil USA Network Composed with Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
2015 Fear the Walking Dead AMC Composed by himself
2016–2017 Outcast Cinemax Composed with Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
2017 The Defiant Ones HBO
The Vietnam War PBS Composed with Trent Reznor
Black Mirror Netflix Composed with Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne
Season 4, episode 3
2019 Watchmen HBO Composed with Trent Reznor

Video game

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
2016 FIFA 17 EA Sports N/A

Nine Inch Nails




  1. Ross, Atticus (June 2010). "How To Destroy Angels Official Blog". Tumblr. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  2. Urwin, Rosamund (1 August 2012). "Don't dare cross a Ross... why Kristen Stewart should beware Liberty Ross's family". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  3. Buckley, Cat (30 October 2013). "The Liberty Ross Family: Meet the Oscar Winners, Scientists, and Rock Stars Related to the Model". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  4. "Selected List of Alumni of the Courtauld Institute of Art". The Courtauld Institute of Art. Retrieved 12 January 2017. Note: Select "Entertainment and music industry"
  5. "12 Rounds – the official site". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  6. "02". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  7. Breihan, Tom (28 April 2010). "Trent Reznor and Wife Mariqueen Maandig Are How to Destroy Angels". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  8. Aditham, Kiran (27 April 2010). "How to Destroy Angels=Trent Reznor + Wife?". Prefix. Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  9. Woods, Travis (30 April 2010). "More News Leaks About Trent Reznor's Musical Collaboration with Wife". BeatCrave. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  10. Goodman, William (28 April 2010). "Trent Reznor and Wife Form New Band". Spin. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  11. "Making EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17 The Journey". Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  12. "Road to the Oscars: Best Original Score;". 11 February 2011. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  13. "2011 Golden Globe Award Winners". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  14. "Javier Navarrete to Score '47 Ronin' – Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  15. DeFore, John (9 September 2016). "'Before the Flood': Film Review – TIFF 2016". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  16. "See Nine Inch Nails Perform 'She's Gone Away' on 'Twin Peaks's". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  17. "Watch "Visions of Harmony" posted by Apple Music Electronic on Apple Music". 29 June 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  18. "Corazón official website". 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
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