UPDATE: The album is out! Thom Yorke, music man of mystery, dropped “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” and it’s available to purchase for $6 at TomorrowsModernBoxes.com. The bundle also includes the music video for “Brain In A Bottle,” which you can watch below:
This is Yorke’s first solo album in eight years. Here’s the track list:
1. Brain In A Bottle
2. Guess Again!
4. The Mother Lode
5. Truth Ray
6. There Is No Ice (For My Drink)
7. Pink Section
8. Nose Grows Some
EARLIER: Thom Yorke put some Radiohead rumors to rest on Friday when he announced a new album, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.” Per a press release from Yorke and Nigel Godrich, the record will be released through a new version of BitTorrent. Read the full statement:
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.