MP3 Radiohead Did It First
posted by March 3 at 1:05 AMon
Trent Reznor’s been bitching about record labels and downloadable tunes for a while now, so it’s not surprising to see him already put his money where his rotten hole of an angry mouth is. The basics: NIN’s new two-disc instrumental record was released last night as an unannounced surprise. Want it? Options ahoy: Download the first nine songs for free. Pay $5 and get all 36 tracks, either in high-quality MP3 or lossless FLAC format. Pony up more cash, get hard copies ($10 for the CD pack, $75 for a deluxe edition, $300 for the deluxe along w/ a signed vinyl copy).
Lord, it’ll be a great day when this sorta release doesn’t land top billing on music blogs’ newsrolls. Who needs to choke the release date process and seep an album out to random music critics, anyway? Facilitate the nerds’ MP3 access, then enjoy a ride on the wave of modern music promotion/marketing. The better discussion topic here, of course, is comparing this to NIN’s only other big-time instrumental release, one that perhaps only fans and gaming freaks are familiar with. ‘Dja know Reznor scored Quake? The game’s 58 minutes of ambient synth mumblings were never released as a standalone album, which is actually a shame, as the barely bubbling, intentionally sparse stuff is a great foil to the rest of Reznor’s over-the-top sonic drama. (As shocked as I was to really enjoy Year Zero, I got tired of the “down on your knees” bit over and over. We get it, Trent. You hate God and blowjobs. So did my Catholic ex-girlfriend, and her poetry sucked, too.)
From what I’ve already gathered of new release Ghosts I-IV, he’s not interested in the Quake soundtrack’s affinity for patience and tension; even the weirdest tracks still have form and definition, if not a full-on riff and the form of a near-complete song sketch. On the bright side, aspiring goths will probably embrace the chance to insert their own death cries into these tunes, and considering the $75 version will include the original, multi-tracked versions of the songs, get ready for some killer tribute tracks from a lot of embarrassing, number-filled usernames.