As an avid vocal critic of today’s online music distribution practices, it comes as no surprise that Thom Yorke has come up with an inventive way to distribute his sophomore solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, by releasing it through BitTorrent, a move which he says, if successful, could revolutionize the music industry:
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
Click here to download the album now and to pre-order the vinyl.
“Hell, you might just be the best damn girl in Texas.”
“Each and every man under my command owes me one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps. And all y’all will git me one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred dead Nazis. Or you will die tryin’.”
“Look Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.”
“A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then, that it is the year 10191. The known universe is ruled by the Padisha Emperor Shaddam IV, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the Universe is the spice melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to space travel. “
“I’m scared, Fif. You know why? It’s that rat circus out there. I’m beginning to enjoy it.”
“It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now to give it the perfect ending was a bit of the old Ludwig van.”
“You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.”
“Can you keep a secret? I’m trying to organize a prison break. I need like, what, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?”
Film the Blanks, by designer John Taylor, is a series based on famous film posters, with the information deconstructed to a minimal blocks of colors. Can you guess the films above?
You can buy them from HERE or HERE
Great set of VHS inspired skateboard decks designed by Mark Nardelli, Matthew Tapia and Max Vogel Razauno, for NY skate brand 5boro.
Found via Booooooom
Great prints by illustrator, Jeremy Harnell, who designs and produces music under the name Sons of Wolves. You can browse and shop for more prints here.
Photos by 22 year old photographer from Montreal, Canada, Sean Mundy
In a time where the devaluation of music seems to be at it’s peak, fans and audiences expect every release to be either for free or donation based, which forces musicians to tour extensively or resort to day jobs in order to support themselves. Deru, an electronic artist who questions this establishment, explores an innovative release of his latest album, 1979. His approach influences listeners to place themselves in an appropriate listening environment, delivering an entirely new experience.
To help him with his vision, Deru enlisted a team of people including the visual artist, Effixx, who collaborated previously on the Outliers, Iceland: Vol. 1 project.
I sat with Deru & Effixx to discuss the themes and concept behind 1979:
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Wes Anderson’s love for symmetry, compiled in the above clip.
Photographer: David Ryle
Art Director: Gem Fletcher
Prop Builder: Studio Boo