Rock From Stage to Screen
Trent Reznor is among a growing number of rock and electronic artists to successfully transition from records to the movies, be it scoring instrumental pieces, writing original songs or curating soundtracks.
Air: The French duo brought their brand of electronica to American movie screens when they scored the 2000 indie hit The Virgin Suicides, starring Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett and directed by Sofia Coppola.
Chemical Brothers: The British duo was hired by director Joe Wright to score his 2011 thriller Hanna.
Daft Punk: The French DJ duo took on the Disney remake Tron: Legacy in 2010. Its soundtrack, featuring 22 pieces of music, climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Danny Elfman: One of the names most synonymous with music for movies, especially of the Tim Burton kind (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), the former singer of Oingo Boingo also composed the theme to TV's Desperate Housewives and The Simpsons. His score for 2010's Alice in Wonderland lost the Oscar to The Social Network.
Jonny Greenwood: Ruled ineligible for an Academy Award because of its use of pre-existing music, the score to 2007's There Will Be Blood, composed by Radiohead's reclusive guitarist, was nominated for a Grammy.
Jonsi: After including three songs by Iceland's Sigur Ros on the soundtrack to 2001's Vanilla Sky, director Cameron Crowe recruited its high-pitched singer for his latest film, We Bought a Zoo.
Karen O: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer wrote songs for 2009's Where the Wild Things Are, directed by then-boyfriend Spike Jonze, and received a Grammy nomination for the tune "All Is Love." She sings a remake of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" in Dragon Tattoo.
Mark Knopfler: The erstwhile Dire Straits frontman has written music for a number of films, starting with the 1983 Scottish dramedy Local Hero and including such cult movies as The Princess Bride and Wag the Dog.
Mark Mothersbaugh: During the past three decades, he has composed music for movies (Rushmore, Thirteen) and worked on dozens of soundtracks, but he remains a full-fledged member of '80s new wave band Devo.