Nine Inch Nails Just Released a New Record, Ghosts I-IV

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MP3: Nine Inch Nails vs.Ray Parker, Jr. "The Ghost that Feeds" (thanks to this blogpost)

Seriously. After hinting around at something big for weeks at NIN.com, at 7:47 p.m. STL time on Sunday, Trent Reznor released a new instrumental collection called Ghosts I-IV.

Info is here. Says Reznor:

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."

The pricing plan puts Radiohead to shame.

*You can get the the first nine tracks free. *You can get the entire CD to download -- in several formats (MP3, FLAC, etc.) for the discerning audiophile -- for $5 *You can get a 2xCD in lavish packaging for $10. *There's 2xCD/DVD set for $75 -- which includes "1 data DVD with all 36 tracks in multi-track format, and a Blu-ray disc with Ghosts I-IV in high-definition 96/24 stereo and accompanying slideshow" *AND the piece de resistance: The option just above, PLUS 180-gram vinyl hand-signed by Trent himself for $300.

I'm going to go order the $10 version, and thank the journalism gods for making the current story I'm working on that much more timely.

[Edit, 1:20 a.m. store.nin.com is completely overloaded and I can't order. Boo.]

[Edit, 1:23 a.m. The FAQ also says this: "The same 2xCD you can purchase here and a $39 4x vinyl edition (on 130 gram vinyl in a double gatefold package) will be available at retail in North America (April 8), Australia (April 5), the UK (April 8), Japan (April 5), and most European territories (April 8)."]

[Edit, 1:25 a.m. You can also order the download from Amazon.com's webstore and sample tracks.]

[Edit, 2:12 a.m. Oh, look. Trent uploaded the first volume for free on torrent sites too -- the method by which people usually download pirated movies, music, TV shows and other media. Says this link: "In the release notes the band writes: “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.” Oh, man. Middle finger to the music industry.

Also, that link notes that Ghosts is released under a "non-commercial Creative Commons license and can be shared freely." A link on nin.com notes that this means remixes are also 100% legal, as long as they're not made for profit. The commenter who wrote "Epic Win = Trent Reznor!" is dead on.]

-- Annie Zaleski

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