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Out of nowhere, Thom Yorke has made his new solo album available for download.
The Radiohead frontman has released his follow up to 2006's The Eraser, via BitTorrent. It's titled Tomorrow's Modern Boxes and there's a track streaming live as well, entitled Brain In A Bottle.
In a statement on their website, Yorke has explained the album as an experiment. "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."
Listen to the track Brain In A Bottle below. To purchase the album, click here.
See Tomorrow's Modern Boxes tracklisting below.
A Brain In A Bottle
The Mother Lode
There Is No Ice (For my Drink)
Nose Grows Some