It's been nearly seven years since Radiohead suddenly released In Rainbows with a pay-what-you-want download, which means it's about time for Thom Yorke to come up with some brilliant, innovative, somewhat confusing way to release new music. And he has pulled through: Yorke and longtime producer Nigel Godrich have announced a new Yorke solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, which is available now via "a new version of BitTorrent." Check out the release in full below.
As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.
The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..
The files can be anything, but in this case is an 'album'.
It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around ...
If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.
It's a self-contained embeddable shop front...
The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.
Oh yes and it's called
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes.
Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich
"The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network." THOM YORKE IS THE ARCHITECT IN THE MATRIX
— Niall Doherty (@NiallMDoherty) September 26, 2014
The first single, "A Brain In A Bottle," is available for download for free. You can buy it/download it here or in the box below. Spoiler alert: it's very glitchy and dancey.
This news comes on the heels of a lot of chatter about renewed Radiohead activity this past week, including pictures of (what we now know is) the vinyl of Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, old scraps of lyrics, and confirmation that Radiohead is in the studio making new music. Time for some dancing.