Radiohead’s Thom Yorke surprise releases new album – via Bittorrent

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has surprise released a new solo album today (26th September).

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes has 8 new tracks and is already available to download via torrent site BitTorrent.

Thom Yorke and Atoms For Peace band-mate Nigel Godrich issued a letter earlier this afternoon explaining the contro
versial move is an experiment “to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …”.

A track lifted from the album “A Brain in a Bottle” is available as a free download with an MP3 and video on the link provided. The full album costs $6.00 on the previous link or as a deluxe vinyl for £30 from the Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes site. Full tracklisting below.

The full letter reads as follows:

“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”

Tracklisting for Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes:
01 A Brain in a Bottle
02 Guess Again!
03 Interference
04 The Mother Lode
05 Truth Ray
06 There Is No Ice (For My Drink)
07 Pink Section
08 Nose Grows Some