Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails has a new album out...
Ghosts volume I is available at "the usual places," courtesy of Reznor himself:
Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I (2008)
Almost two hours of music recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I-IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.
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.
We encourage you to share the music of Ghosts I with your friends, post it on your website, play it on your podcast, use it for video projects, etc. It's licensed for all non-commercial use under Creative Commons.
We've also made a 40 page PDF book to accompany the album. If you'd like to download it for free, visit http://ghosts.nin.com/main/pdf
Ghosts I is the first part of the 36 track collection Ghosts I-IV. Undoubtedly you'll be able to find the complete collection on the same torrent network you found this file, but if you're interested in the release, we encourage you to check it out at ghosts.nin.com, where the complete Ghosts I-IV is available directly from us in a variety of DRM-free digital formats, including FLAC lossless, for only $5. You can also order it on CD, or as a deluxe package with multitrack audio files, high definition audio on Blu-ray disc, and a large hard-bound book.
We genuinely appreciate your support, and hope you enjoy the new music. Thanks for listening.
The $75 ultra-premium set includes all the production tracks on a DVD so that engineers and DJs can make remixes or include NIN's instrument loops in their own work. All of this is done under the banner of an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike creative commons license.
What does this mean?
This means that some musicians, when free from the shackles of record company control, are pretty generous people.
This means that anyone who wants to make a remix of Ghosts can do so freely, as long as he or she attributes the bits that are used back to the original owner and gets permission before selling it.
This means that, even if you don't like Industrial/Techno/whatever-else-you'd-call-NIN, you should still pay attention to what Reznor is doing. He's tried something like this before, and there are a few hints on the website that he's got even more planned. This is a man who knows how to change the music industry, and I hope he'll be successful.
This also means that you shouldn't download volumes II-IV without paying for them. $5 is worth it to support the future of music.