Thom Yorke is at it again. The king of unconventional music distribution has just made his new album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes available for download as a Bit Torrent file for the more than reasonable price of $6. I suppose we can expect something this anti-establishment from the guy who originated the “Pay What You Want” structure for Radiohead’s In Rainbows.
Buy the bundle here and you’ll not only get the album, but also a music video for the first track “Brain in a Bottle.” You can also download the “Brain in a Bottle” for free. Once you hear how awesome it is, you’re gonna wanna drop $6 for A FUCKING THOM YORKE ALBUM! YES!
I ponied up the $6 via paypal and downloaded the album in less than a minute via BitTorrent, using internet tethered from my cellphone, while chillin at a park. The revolution is here people. Happy Friday.
Below is a transcript of a letter from Thom and producer Nigel Gorich regarding the release. :
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