Just another nail in the coffin of the monster that is the modern music industry…
Nine Inch Nails have made the surprise release of Ghosts I-IV, a 2-CD, 36-track release. Trent Reznor has the following to say:
We’re very proud to present a new collection of instrumental music, Ghosts I-IV. Almost two hours of music recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I-IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.Now that we’re no longer constrained by a record label, we’ve decided to personally upload Ghosts I, the first of the four volumes, to various torrent sites, because we believe BitTorrent is a revolutionary digital distribution method, and we believe in finding ways to utilize new technologies instead of fighting them.
We encourage you to share the music of Ghosts I with your friends, post it on your website, play it on your podcast, use it for video projects, etc. It’s licensed for all non-commercial use under Creative Commons.
Ghosts I, the first nine tracks of the album, is available free from ghosts.nin.com or on popular BitTorrent listings. The full album is available in many forms:
- A $5 download from ghosts.nin.com, in the customer’s choice of DRM-free formats:
- FLAC lossless
- Apple lossless
- LAME MP3 320Kbps
- A $5 download from Amazon MP3
As for the music itself, I have listened to Ghosts I and it makes great ambient, non-intrusive music.
This is just one more encouraging step to see music succeed without any need for greedy labels. Like this album, Deliver Me Seven’s debut album will be available DRM-free from iTunes, Amazon, and eMusic this spring.