Trent Reznor + Niggy Tardust

Nine Inch Nails head honcho Trent Reznor has again commented about the music industry vs “the people” – he’s a key advocate in paving the way forward (IMHO) – with regard to internet distribution & record company-less interaction with fans.

CNet interview :

I don’t know what model is going to work. I do know relationships between music labels and artists like myself aren’t going well…

Their treatment of artists has less sympathy and it’s more like ‘What can we get out of you?

My only concern has always been that my audience is treated fairly.

There was the recent RadioHead album release – in which people could pay “whatever you want” – will be interesting to see what $$ they generated.

he thought RADIOHEAD‘s idea was an “exciting way to sell a record,” adding, “I think there were some serious flaws with how they executed but it was a good idea.”

Trent Reznor has recently mixed a album called The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, for friend and artist Saul Williams.

Available as a (paltry!) 192 kbps download for free – including a full 33 page booklet (words & artwork).

If that’s not enough, there’s a paid download in higher quality (192 is good enough for me !) :

If you choose to pay for the record, your download will be available in the following formats:

  • 192Kbps MP3
  • 320Kbps MP3
  • FLAC lossless audio

If you choose not to pay for the record, you will receive it in 192Kbps MP3 format.

All versions include a PDF with artwork and lyrics

All files are 100% DRM free, and can be played on any device.

MP3s are encoded with LAME v3.97 and love.

The album has a cover of “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” by U2.  

Can’t wait to hear what Trent Reznor turns to next – with a remix Nine Inch Nails album (Year Zero tracks). 

And – will be even more interesting to see the distribution mechanism !

Personally, I would like people to support artists.

After all, we as artists dedicate our lives to producing the best music we can…

Should I be angry at the audience that wants to hear music so much, an audience that is so passionate about hearing it they go online to get it two weeks before the music debuts?

No, I want them to be that way.

Read the full article @ CNet (Crave) :

Trent Reznor: Take my music, please.


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