Thom Yorke is experimenting on humans, want in?
Thom Yorke is one of the louder voices crying out in the music industry struggle for artist's rights. Last year he and Atoms for Peace
bandmate Nigel Godrich publicly decried Spotify
as an enemy of the artist, claiming that the app's payment platform royally fucks artists out of fair compensation, and pulled all Atoms For Peace records off the streaming network. [Side bar perspective: Spotify actually pays north of 70% of a track's revenue to the rights holder, a.k.a the record label, so the trail of blood leads a little further towards problematic contracts between artists and major labels.]
Today, in a more proactive act of rebellion, Yorke has blind dropped a new album: Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
. The album's name seems to allude to it's intended purpose: probing different methods of distribution that would put the money back into the pockets of the creators. As Yorke put it, create a space where artists can "Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers," (don't take that one personally Spotify). "Its an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around.
The record is available in BitTorrent form with reasonably priced ($6) pay-gate access, making it the first of it's kind. The files—in this case they make up album, art, and video; but in theory it could be any collection of files—are bundled together and available for purchase as a group of files. "Its an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around."
The first track, "A Brain In A Bottle," and it's video are available to stream below, but you can get access to the full torrent here