After some social media teases over the last few days, Thom Yorke has released a surprise new album via BitTorrent, called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. Much as Radiohead did with In Rainbows, the distribution method for Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is fairly innovative and unusual. In a statement released to coincide with the album’s drop, Yorke says, “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,” he continues. “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.”
This interesting and unexpected release falls in line with Yorke’s recent criticisms of music distribution at the moment, including this gem: “To me this isn’t the mainstream, this is is like the last fart, the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.”
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes:
1 A Brain in a Bottle
2 Guess Again!
4 The Mother Lode
5 Truth Ray
6 There Is No Ice (For My Drink)
7 Pink Section
8 Nose Grows Some
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