Upcoming Releases: Thom Yorke

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released his second solo album, Tomorrow’s Solo Boxes, unannounced. The album is Yorke’s second solo album since 2006’s The Eraser, although Yorke released albums with Radiohead and Atoms for Peace since then. Yorke shared the video for the “A Brain in a Bottle” for free, a glitch-influenced track that expands on the sounds he explored on The Eraser and Atom for Peace’s Amok. Yorke released the album through the torrent service BitTorrent, for $6. Yorke had previously used a “pay-what-you-can” model for the Radiohead album In Rainbows, and artists such as Madonna, De La Soul, and Moby have all experimented with using BitTorrent to release music. In a letter co-authored with producer Nigel Goderich, Yorke explained his reasons for releasing through BitTorrent:

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.

Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich

The album is available for download here.


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