Reznor’s Ghost

A week ago, I heard a whisper via a Twitter comment that there was a new Nine Inch Nails album available for download.   I was a bit surprised at first – there had been no info, or hype or any build-up.

The website mentioned “Ghosts” – as a double-cd instrumental – with purchase and download options – included 9 songs for free.

WOW !    Was pretty excited to hear the new songs – especially after reading this :

Nine Inch Nails presents Ghosts I – IV, a brand new 36 track instrumental collection available right now.

Almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I – IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.

Trent Reznor explains, “I’ve been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn’t have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective – dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I’m very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts.”

This music arrived unexpectedly as the result of an experiment. The rules were as follows: 10 weeks, no clear agenda, no overthinking, everything driven by impulse. Whatever happens during that time gets released as… something.

The team: Atticus Ross, Alan Moulder and myself with some help from Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew and Brian Viglione. Rob Sheridan collaborated with Artist in Residence (A+R) to create the accompanying visual and physical aesthetic.

We began improvising and let the music decide the direction. Eyes were closed, hands played instruments and it began. Within a matter of days it became clear we were on to something, and a lot of material began appearing. What we thought could be a five song EP became much more. I invited some friends over to join in and we all enjoyed the process of collaborating on this.

The end result is a wildly varied body of music that we’re able to present to the world in ways the confines of a major record label would never have allowed – from a 100% DRM-free, high-quality download, to the most luxurious physical package we’ve ever created.

More volumes of Ghosts are likely to appear in the future.

Trent Reznor, March 2, 2008

Click here to see some photos from the recording studio (Creating Ghosts I-IV).

The new Ghosts album is available in the following digital & physical formats :

  • Free Download – Ghosts I – first 9 tracks from the Ghosts I-IV collection available as high-quality, DRM-free MP3s, including the complete PDF.
  • $5 Download – Ghosts I-IV – all 36 tracks in a variety of digital formats including a 40 page PDF
  • $10 2xCD set – Ghosts I-IV on two audio CDs in a six panel digipak package with a 16 page booklet.  Pre-order, to be shipped April 8, 2008. INCLUDES immediate full download in a variety of digital formats.
  • $75 Deluxe Edition Package – Ghosts I-IV in a hardcover fabric slipcase containing: 2 audio CDs, 1 data DVD with all 36 tracks in multi-track format, and a Blu-ray disc with Ghosts I-IV in high-definition 96/24 stereo and accompanying slideshow.
  • $300 Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition Package – limited to 2500 copies (sold-out on the first day) – includes 2 audio CD, data DVD, Blu-ray disc – and four LP vinyl set, and three hard covered books (!!!)

My choice was the $10 option – and was immediately emailed a URL to download from.   Trouble is – even though it was “unannounced”, the NIN site went into meltdown, and I didn’t end up grabbing the MP3 files till the following day/night.

The tracks are great – with very rich “palettes” of sound – like an industrial style chill-out music.  

Listened to the first 10+ songs on the train, and was kinda spacey & dreamy afterwards – very thought-provoking & image building.   (A bit hard to describe really !)

There are no lyrics – and no song titles.  Just numbered track 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, etc.

It will be interesting to see what’s next from Trent and the gang !


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