Monday, March 03, 2008

DSP-044: Ghosts I-IV

Today on the show we have new music from Nine Inch Nails.

Last night, which was Sunday March 2nd, Trent and Company surprised fans with the release of a new Album entitled Ghosts Volumes 1-4, featuring 36 tracks of instrumental music spread across 4 volumes and available in multiple formats, including a semi immediate download from both and the Amazon MP3 store. As you van imagine Trent's servers were instantly flooded and by 10 PM when I was attempting to download the album the site was basically moving at a crawl, so I bought the Album from Amazon.

There are several note worthy mentions about this release, Trent is releasing this album himself, It's available in mutliple formats including a free download of the 1st 9 songs, a deluxe and ultra deluxe package including a 2 CD package along with a Data DVD of Multi Track Sessions, a blu-ray dvd with slide show, and an Art Book. Plus it's it's being released as a bit torrent and is licensed under creative commons.

All of that is nice but how about the music? For this release Trent worked with the team of Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder with help from Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew and Brian Viglione. For the visual feel and aesthetic Trent worked once again with long time collaborator Rob Sheridan who in turn worked with Artist in Residence on the collection.

What you'll hear on the album is Elements from all of the NIN catalog dating back to The Downward Spiral fused with heavy amounts of modern computer crunchiness brought on by programs like Abelton Live mixed with moments of raw Einsturzende Neubauten like industrial rhythms and Skinny Puppy Brap like movements.

Upon 1st Listen some of the songs seem to short and have a feeling of being unfinished especially when taken out of context. But this collection of songs isn't meant for being on shuffle. It's a audio record of a 10 week period of experimenting and collaborating with friends that should be approached as more of an art piece than a pop record. Trent calls it a soundrack for Daydreams and that's truly the most appropriate thing you can say about it. So for the next 30 minutes or so, Do some daydreaming and I'll play you a fews cuts from Nine Inch Nails Ghosts Vol 1-4.


Track List:
1. Nine Inch Nails - 20 Ghosts III - Ghosts I-IV
2. Nine Inch Nails - 01 Ghosts I - Ghosts I-IV
3. Nine Inch Nails - 13 Ghosts II - Ghosts I-IV
4. Nine Inch Nails - 18 Ghosts II - Ghosts I-IV
5. Nine Inch Nails - 22 Ghosts III - Ghosts I-IV
6. Nine Inch Nails - 23 Ghosts III - Ghosts I-IV
7. Nine Inch Nails - 28 Ghosts IV - Ghosts I-IV
8. Nine Inch Nails - 34 Ghosts IV - Ghosts I-IV


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