Thom Yorke Releases Solo Album, ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,’ Via BitTorrent
In a statement by the enigmatic Radiohead frontman and producer Nigel Goodrich, Yorke announced that he's using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute his second solo album, 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes.' The album is a follow-up to Yorke's 2006 solo debut, 'The Eraser.'
Download the album below (you can get the album's opening track, 'A Brain In a Bottle,' for free), and pick it up on vinyl here.
Here's the statement in its entirety:
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.'
Earlier this week, Yorke also confirmed that Radiohead are in the studio working on their ninth full-length. No word on when, or how, that will be released.
Thom Yorke -- 'Black Swan' from 'The Eraser'