Thom Yorke debuts surprise album via BitTorrent
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
The eight-track album has launched on BitTorrent and is available to download for just $6. A deluxe vinyl edition is also exclusively avaiable through tomorrowsmodernboxes.com. Yorke explained the reason for using the BitTorrent platform to release his new body of work with producer Nigel Godrich via a digital letter:
"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."
The new album marks Yorke's second solo album since 2006's Eraser.