Nine Inch Nails Offers Latest Album, Ghosts, As Free Download

Mar 3rd, 2008 | By | Category: Digital Music, General

Nine Inch Nails GhostNine Inch Nails is offering its latest CD, Ghosts I, as a free download from its site. The collection is a teaser to promote their Ghosts I-IV, a new collection of instrumental tracks.

The official download requires email registration at the site to get a download link. You can also download the collection officially via BitTorrent.
The download includes

  • DRM-free MP3s, encoded with LAME at 320kbps
  • A 40-page pdf book about the release
  • A digital extras pack with wallpapers, icons, etc

The entire collection can be downloaded for $5, or you can order a $10 2 CD set and other deluxe and limited edition versions.

Here’s what NIN’s Trent Reznor has to say about the release:

This music arrived unexpectedly as the result of an experiment. The rules were as follows: 10 weeks, no clear agenda, no overthinking, everything driven by impulse. Whatever happens during that time gets released as… something.

The team: Atticus Ross, Alan Moulder and myself with some help from Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew and Brian Viglione. Rob Sheridan collaborated with Artist in Residence (A+R) to create the accompanying visual and physical aesthetic.

We began improvising and let the music decide the direction. Eyes were closed, hands played instruments and it began. Within a matter of days it became clear we were on to something, and a lot of material began appearing. What we thought could be a five song EP became much more. I invited some friends over to join in and we all enjoyed the process of collaborating on this.

The end result is a wildly varied body of music that we’re able to present to the world in ways the confines of a major record label would never have allowed – from a 100% DRM-free, high-quality download, to the most luxurious physical package we’ve ever created.

More volumes of Ghosts are likely to appear in the future.

– Trent Reznor, March 2, 2008

Reznor previously produced a CD by Saul Williams, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust, which was also made available as a free download.

Update: NIN has sold out of the $300 super-deluxe editions already.

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  1. […] Nine Inch Nails is offering its latest CD, Ghosts I, as a free download from its site. The collection is a teaser to promote their Ghosts I-IV, a new collection of instrumental tracks.The official download requires email registration at the site to get a download link. You can also download the collection officially via BitTorrent. […]

  2. nails of led says:

    A wonderful album.. an album Trent Reznor has been wanting to make for a long time! All instrumentals, very complex and rich. Some daydreamy soundscapes, others brash and industrial, a lil funk, and lots of piano. The dynamics of Trent’s work and the layering of some songs is
    amazing.

    As a long-time NIN fan, this will probably move into my top 3 NIN albums ever.

  3. Vudu User says:

    Unfortunately their site suffered the Digg effect yesterday and even though I was using a DL manager, the server crashed and I lost my $5. Any attempts to re-download lets me know I’ve hit the download limit. Any emails to their support have not been returned.

  4. djajaj says:

    Vudu – the whole release is on bittorrent legally.

    I’m downloading it now – but it says it will be 15 hours!

  5. mammique says:

    Take a look at this other professional Creative Commons initiative http://thenyouwin.yooook.org/ 🙂

  6. Ken says:

    Um, Saul Williams released 4 CDs before Niggy Tardust, made up of full-length releases and EPs. So Trent Reznor specifically did NOT produce his debut CD.

  7. James Lewin says:

    Ken – thanks for the feedback; this has been updated.

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