Trent Reznor Hoping That Internet May Be Moved To Actually Shell Out Money For Music

AP050510020782.jpgTrent Reznor released the Nine Inch Nails album that he’s been hinting at on his blog tonight, a 36-track instrumental collection titled Ghosts I-IV, which Reznor describes as “music for daydreams” and which he recorded last year. Like the Saul Williams collaboration that Reznor helped bring to market a few months back, people can obtain the new music for free (the first nine tracks of the album) or $5 (all 36 tracks); however, he’s also giving his diehard fans the option to shell out even more money. Since the site’s presently slammed, we’ll give you the full details on how you can help support Trent’s further musical efforts–for as much as $300!–after the jump.

Free download
Ghosts I: The first nine tracks from the Ghosts I-IV collection as DRM-free MP3s, plus the 40-page PDF.

$5 download
Ghosts I-IV: All 36 tracks in a variety of digital formats, plus a 40-page PDF.

$10 two-disc set
A double-disc set, packaged in a Digipak with a 16-page booklet, to be shipped on April 8. Includes immediate download of album.

$75 deluxe edition
Ghosts I-IV in a “hardcover fabric slipcase containing two audio CDs, one data DVD with all tracks in multi-track format, and a Blu-Ray disc of Ghosts I-IV. Ships May 1. Includes immediate download of album.

$300 “ultra-deluxe limited edition package”
Deluxe edition plus a four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, which is packaged in a fabric slipcase. Two limited-edition Giclee prints are included; package is numbered and signed by Trent Reznor. Limited to a run of 2500, and one piece per customer. Ships May 1 and includes immediate download.

So will he sell out of limited-edition packages? Or sell a lot of deluxe editions?

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  • extracrispy

    Instrumental? Ehh, I’ll still give it a shot. Five bucks is more than reasonable.

    I wonder if some of this is the music he did for Doom III that didn’t get used?

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  • The Van Buren Boys

    Overall this looks like a decent plan. $5 isn’t too much to ask for 36 tracks and $10 is a good deal for a 2-CD set. Plus, NIN has enough diehards to shell out the extra money for the deluxe versions. I’m not too sure about the $300 package though. Waaaaaay too much if you ask me. The only thing that puzzles me is why this is an instrumental album. This seems like a test run more than anything else to see how it works and then who knows after that.

  • punkybunky

    I agree, the pricing is more than fair, aside from the mere fact of new NIN being very cool. But when I saw I the $300 package, it seemed like overkill. There should be an intermediate set where you can get the vinyl for a more moderate, no sig, price, IMO.

  • punkybunky

    @punkybunky: I spoke too soon: There is in fact a $39 4X vinyl version available in April.

    Also, the fact that “An exciting partnership and experience regarding this release will be announced soon” leads me to believe there’s more reason behind this being instrumental only….

  • Thierry

    Is it just me, or does Trent Reznor look a whole lot like Bernard Butler in that picture?

    As for the new record, the price is right, so I might just give it a chance – especially since an instrumental album free of angst-filled lyrics about dystopian societies sounds more appealing to me than recent NIN offerings.

  • CliveDobbs

    I’m really counting on his selling out the Limited Edition, because I just bought one.
    OK, so I may live to regret it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the day will come when an unopened copy will bring more than $300 on Ebay. In the meantime, the 320Kbps MP3 (official bitrate of CliveDobbs) will do me just fine…

  • Jory

    What’s up with the 10 year old picture of Trent, Idolator?

  • Maura Johnston

    @Jory: you have to take what the wires give you.

  • Tenno

    @extracrispy: All the tracks were made in a 10 week period of essentially, just sitting around and jamming, slamming ideas together. Track one is so damn good.

  • Transient

    Glad to see this. The whole Saul deal didn’t fly with me, because it’s just not my music, but this is right up my alley and I’ll gladly drop the cash for it.

  • extracrispy

    @Tenno: Yeh, I finally got the site to load and read all the background behind this project. I guess I’m still getting used to Reznor releasing albums every year instead of every 5 years.

  • stephenbush

    This sounds pretty good so far. The site is running quickly — I stuck with the $10 2xCD version, which is an excellent deal. I can’t remember the last time I paid just $10 for 36 tracks on 2 discs. Go Trent!

  • stephenbush

    (Too bad he doesn’t mention the $6.99 shipping and handling charge until the final confirmation screen…)

  • teknohed

    personally, as an amateur DJ and remixer I think the best thing about Trent’s recent online efforts is the inclusion of multi track loops and vocals. I wish more bands would do this sort of thing.

  • Tenno

    @stephenbush: Lol. Well I expected that, still, two disc, all tracks are damn decent, and you get them immediately + artwork and book.

    It’s like, ‘thanks for buying!’ here listen to them now and we’ll mail the disc when its made. Enjoy.

    I like this model, i really really do.

  • Tenno

    My fave NIN album is the extra Still disc that came with the deluxe live album, the fact that this sounds a bit similar is places is awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Damn! This is looking to be a very well orchestrated release, outside of the underestimated response to the NIN web servers. Not only is array of media options impressive, Trent personally distributed torrents and the entire release is under a Creative Commons license. To top it off, the free PDF ZIP package includes 40 pages of photography accompanied credits and 33 unique JPGs, many of which show up as individual track cover art in iTunes. Damn!

  • Tenno

    I’m listening to this now. It is fucking WIN. Very nice stuff on here.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is an awesome refinement of the distribution model that has been so debated since the In Rainbows release. I think we may have a winner on the established band front. One of the main criticisms I’ve seen of this method is that it isn’t feasible for smaller bands (arguably evidenced by the Saul Williams release. depends on you ask, I guess).
    I found an interesting article about a band (The Red Paintings) who are facing this issue while recording their debut album. Their completely different approach to label-free funding may be paving the road for lesser-known acts to pull this off in their own way. Basically, a fan donation funded album. The article fleshes out the details: []