Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I - IVBy now, you’ve probably heard all about this. But just in case you didn’t, let me fill you in.

As more and more artists are getting fed up with the way that the RIAA is treating it’s customers, and even worse, it’s clientele, a few of the more savvy ones are doing something about it.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails released his new musical project last night. It’s called Ghosts. Check out the site at http://ghosts.nin.com/. Reznor simply calls it “…a new collection of instrumental music…Almost two hours of music recorded over an intense ten week period last fall.”

Right now, there are four “albums” (not sure if that’s the right phrase yet, so don’t hold me to it). Ghosts I - IV. Reznor made Ghosts I available for download for free via quite a few avenues. The main one, the NIN site, received so much traffic today that they had to bring it down and beef up the servers before they can bring it back online. However, the free portion of the project is still available for download via BitTorrent (on PirateBay FTW!), or if you want the digital, DRM-free version, you can purchase the entire set of four albums at Amazon for $5 just like you could via the NIN site (if it were up right now). You can also still order the Deluxe or the Uber super-duper extra deluxe edition at the Artist In Residence site, which actually gives you visuals of what you will get. I gotta say, even at $75 and $300 respectively, I think you’re getting a killer package.

Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention one of the more cooler aspects of this project: Ghosts I-IV is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. What does that mean for you, me, and the rest of the world? It means that while you may not use it for commercial work, you can use it in most other non-commercial work as long as you give credit where credit is due. WHAT?!?! Crazy, isn’t it? But WONDERFUL!!!

I’m so happy to see artists like NIN and Radiohead take a stand for the music, which is really the most important thing. Yes, I understand that there are a lot of people that help support an artist, but hearing some of the horror stories over the past few decades has sufficiently jaded me enough to help swing that pendulum to the other side for a while. Radiohead got my support with their downloadable album (and then the CD that followed),Barenaked Ladies got my support with their USB stick album, and NIN will get my support, as well. In fact, I may do both the $5 digital download and the $10 Double CD, just to say I did my part.

Is this the future of music? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I will be much more willing to support those artists that embrace technology and take a stand for the music.

Nice work, Trent! You have been, are, and seemingly always will continue to be one of my favorites because of things like this. You push the boundaries, you make people think (and not just about the music), and you’re helping to lead the way into what is hopefully a better musical future.

Cheers!

-m-

p.s. I had to put this in here…it’s a quote from the NIN site after they shut it down for maintenance…

“We quietly released this album last night without any warning, and without any press. Because we know how devoted our fans are, we planned for an overwhelming response, and expected heavy traffic. To our surprise, the traffic was more than three times what we anticipated, and has only been getting heavier throughout the day. The response has been absolutely phenomenal, and we couldn’t be happier…”

…and another one from the main NIN site…

“We thought we brought enough beer, but too many of you showed up to the party.”