Thom Yorke released his first solo album in eight years today. But that’s not really the big news. The real news is that Yorke is using a unique way to distribute his album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.
I am trying something new, don’t know how it will go. but here it is:) https://t.co/1noGMiZ5sC
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) September 26, 2014
Yorke is releasing his new album through a new version of BitTorrent. The Radiohead frontman is hoping that the public can figure out how to use this method to download the album because he believes that it could help to give control back to the artists. Yorke writes in a press release:
“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.”
Yorke may be trying to shake things up with his BitTorrent album but he isn’t abandoning his old school ways. You can also buy the 8-track album on vinyl.
Thank You @thomyorke you made my day #Radiohead Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is yeahhhhhhhhhhh — Eric Vincenzini (@EricVincenzini) September 26, 2014
Of course Thom Yorke would release an album no one knew about today. Why wouldn’t he.
— Brian Beyke (@bbeyke) September 26, 2014
thom yorke! what a beautiful album so far — HIGH HIGHS (@HighHighs) September 26, 2014
Are you excited for the new Thom Yorke album? Do you think BitTorrent releases will become more popular?