Thom Yorke, the incredible lead singer and principal songwriter of Radiohead and Atoms for Peace, unveils his new record ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’, produced with Radiohead’s Nigel Godrich and released via BitTorrent.
Tom and Nigel explain: “As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’. 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.