March 3, 2008 at 5:24 am #261
Yeah, just out of nowhere, they release a new 36 track album. Today. On nin.com. For download. For $5. Yes. If you’re not concerned with packaging, you can download all of the 36 tracks for a measly $5. What a deal!
Here’s what’s on ghosts.nin.com:Quote:Nine Inch Nails presents Ghosts I – IV, a brand new 36 track instrumental collection available right now. Almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I – IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.
Trent Reznor explains, “I’ve been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn’t have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective – dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I’m very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts.”
Yeah, dude. Nice early birthday present for me, there, Trent!.March 3, 2008 at 6:53 am #4339
A 36-track instrumental album for $5? I’m there.March 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm #4329
I’ve listened to the first 18 tracks, and it’s exactly the kind of “experimental” shit I love. And of course, it’s perfectly marketed.
Download the first 9 tracks for free.
Get the whole download (in 320k mp3, or FLAC, or Apple Lossless) for $5.
Pre-order the double CD and get the download for $10.
And 2 mega crazy packs with all kinds of extra shit for $75 and $300. I bought the $75 one, because I love the multitrack shit he puts out, and because I want to support this lovely bastard any way I can.
I’ve been hoping for this kind of release from him since, oh, I started listening to him. His instrumental tracks on previous releases have stood out to me, and it’s nice to see him go in a totally weird direction. Long live Nine Inch Nails!March 3, 2008 at 4:33 pm #4338
I figured you’d probably buy one of the collector’s editions.
I really dig the fact that he used LAME for the MP3s, which is an open source encoder, and that he’s using FLAC, which is an open source lossless audio codec.March 3, 2008 at 6:08 pm #4341OctaviousParticipant
Is the album coming from NIN or by the record company?March 3, 2008 at 7:27 pm #4337
I believe it’s coming directly from Nine Inch Nails.March 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm #4328
Yes — no middleman at all. That’s why he can afford to offer a $5 option — because that is more money than he would receive from a record company.
To me, this is the perfect way to issue an online-only release — offer a free option, for part of the album, ridiculously cheap to download (where else can you get 36 tracks for 5 bucks?!?), a physical media option for only $10, and two crazy collector editions which are sure to please. Nine Inch Nails and Tool have always had respect for the consumer of their art, and it shows in the way that it is presented.
I have bought 3 online releases this way (not from iTunes). I purchased Radiohead’s latest album that way (off of the website, no record company involved – and it was done with a pay-what-you-want feature, so you could literally pay only $.01 for it), Saul Williams latest (a totally free option for the entire thing, or pay $5 for it) and this one. It really seems to be the perfect way to keep costs down on their end, while not totally screwing the customer in the process.
I love Trent. He’s the fucking man.March 3, 2008 at 10:44 pm #4336
I agree. I think this is totally awesome.
I chose the download option. I went with the FLAC version, but their servers are being hit hard. At first the download wouldn’t even start. Now it’s downloading at about 20k per second for about a 607 meg file. Hopefully it’ll pick up speed as the day continues on.March 4, 2008 at 2:57 am #4327
Yeah, according to the message on the site, the demand has been three times what they prepared for, which is awesome, but kinda sucks for those who haven’t gotten it yet.
I can say for sure that it’s by far the most successful release to date, and so far, my absolute favorite.March 4, 2008 at 3:18 am #4335
I think it’s great that not only is the demand three times greater than what they expected, but they said they were expecting a huge demand, and the demand was actually three times greater than that. I still haven’t gotten my file yet… the download kept stalling and dropping and going slow, and then the website went down, so I’ll be trying again later tonight. I’m really looking forward to it. This is going to be my first Nine Inch Nails album, and I’m totally stoked, both because of what I heard of the free tracks, and because of the method that this is being distributed in.March 4, 2008 at 6:00 am #4326
There’s something very — I don’t know, it feels liberating. But maybe that’s because I’ve been there with the history of Nine Inch Nails’ problems with his label and management. His own manager tried to screw him, basically. It’s just cool to see this freedom.March 4, 2008 at 6:30 am #4330
Okay, I know I’m gushing, but this, like every Nine Inch Nails release since The Fragile, I listened to it the first time in headphones. This is brilliant stuff, I just love it. And I think that if you can listen to it in headphones, it triples the appreciation for it. It’s just so engrossing.
I just hope that those of you that decide to cough up the $5 for these 36 tracks enjoy them half as much as I do.March 4, 2008 at 7:10 am #4334
You’re right, there is a sense of liberation involved, and it’s not just because you’ve been following his history. I haven’t had much to do with him in the past, so I know very little about him, but I also feel a sense of liberation in this, a sense of freedom. It fits right in line with the sense of freedom I have with open source and Linux. Plus, I’m very into art in all its various expressions, and when an artist can release their own expression to the world themselves, directly, I think it’s a great thing.March 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm #4351EmFourParticipant
I won’t be able to listen until I go home this weekend but judging by Trent’s response to Radiohead’s In Rainbows stuff, I can see why they’d do something like this. We need more of this from big bands, way more… Somehow I don’t think the ninth Metallica studio album will release like this.March 5, 2008 at 1:15 am #4345FrankParticipant
I think I might be the only one who feels this way, but what the fuck is up with FLAC? All of a sudden, there it was. For a while, MP3s were cool and everyone was using them. Then, all of a sudden, you get 15 different audio formats, all preaching the wholesomeness of lossless audio. First off, FLAC files are fucking huge. Secondly, if you played a FLAC file of a song for me and then played the exact same song as an MP3 that has a higher compression rate than 128, I probably couldn’t tell you which was which. I’ve tried having intelligent debates about this with people and all I get is “It’s open source, man. Open source … lossless audio, man. Open source!”
Personally, don’t give a fuck. I like my MP3s and have a LOT of them (more than porn, actually, which says something). I downloaded the Van Halen concert I went to see and it came across as FLAC files, which took forever to fucking download and an eternity to find a fucking program that would convert the FLAC files over to MP3s for me. (Since then, there have been many programs released to solve that problem, but at the time, it took some work finding one).
So someone please, without going into hippie, stoner speak, can someone please explain to me what’s so goddamned special about FLAC files?!?!?!?!?!
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