Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is no stranger to releasing goodies on the Internet. Last March, he one-upped Radiohead's In Rainbows release with an album of his own, distributed in both digital and physical formats with numerous options for those who desired higher quality MP3s, lossless formats, or even 24-bit/96kHz HD audio. In May, Reznor struck again with The Slip, an entirely free album available in a selection of compressed, lossless, and HD formats.
In addition to offering albums online, Reznor also launched a remix site that provides fans and budding producers with multi-track audio files for Nine Inch Nails' albums. Users are free to manipulate, mash up, and otherwise remix these tracks to roll their own songs, which can then be uploaded to the site and ranked by users. This rather novel approach to engaging and empowering fans to create their own remixes has yielded impressive results. I'm currently streaming remix.nin.com's highest-rated fan remixes, and they're really quite good, which makes me even more eager to see what fans do with Reznor's latest salvo of free content.
Last week, and with little fanfare, Reznor posted the following message on the NIN website:
The internet is full of surprises these days.
I was contacted by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives who SOMEHOW managed to film a substantial amount (over 400 GB!) of raw, unedited HD footage from three separate complete shows of our Lights in the Sky tour. Security must have been lacking at these shows because the quality of the footage is excellent.
If any of you could find a LINK to that footage I'll bet some enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool.
Oh yeah, you didn't hear this from me.
400GB would easily blow my bandwidth cap, and I don't have the time to wade through hours of footage. Still, I can't help but be impressed with Reznor's willingness to seed his fans with raw footage, and eager to see what they do with it.