Trent Reznor gives fans remix-ready HD concert footage

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.

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    • Tarx
    • 11 years ago

    Interesting – I only like a little bit of nin music, but the exposure plus freedom they offer makes me willing to look harder and support this path.
    Now if most bands did that, it would generally improve music xyz for the better in many ways and have a positive impact on our society.

    • firestorm02
    • 11 years ago

    reply

    • paulWTAMU
    • 11 years ago

    Finally, something to fill up some HDD space!

    • ecalmosthuman
    • 11 years ago

    Wow.

    “PC USERS: This footage needs to be converted before it can be edited on any PC application, as the HDV2 codec does not yet exist for PC.”

    Give me a break, please.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      I think (hypothesize) that Trent is a major stockholder of Apple.

    • firestorm02
    • 11 years ago

    Best show of the year, hens why I went twice.

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 11 years ago

      Were the hens better the second time around? You are talking chicks, right.?…and not the KFC variety.

        • firestorm02
        • 11 years ago

        Wow, I’m not sure what to say. Perhaps the appropriate response would be to yell “KKKKAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHNNNNNNNN” to distract you from my unfortunate spelling, lol.

      • lycium
      • 11 years ago

      cocks why i went thrice

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    I have ~40 – 50 play counts on most of the tracks on that /[

    • DrDillyBar
    • 11 years ago

    It was a great concert. 🙂

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 11 years ago

    Send me a 500GB hard drive and I’ll be glad to download it for you and send it back 😉

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    This reminds me I really need to get around to downloading those albums :p Thanks.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      and it reminds ME that I need to be playing with remixes in Logic. Kind of use existing multi-track recordings and remixes as training documents.

      • dmitriylm
      • 11 years ago

      In this day and age saying “I really need to get around to downloading these albums” just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. This isn’t 1996 when downloading an album took hours. An entire album can be had in less than 15min and you can probably set several of them for download concurrently and finish in less than 30 min as well.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        I simply hadn’t gotten around to it, I never said it takes a long time or that it’s hard to do. I have plenty of music to enjoy – none of it downloaded, whether legally or not. I did have to instally uTorrent though because I torrent stuff basically never and have no plans on copyright infringing a bunch of stuff to ‘get back at the man’ or some such bs. If I can’t get it legally and I’m not willing to pay for it then it’s not worth having.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 11 years ago

        And then after you’ve downloaded a few albums, you need a few hours to listen to them…once…which probably isn’t enough to judge it at all if it’s any good.

        It’s not like you just download it in a few seconds, and…WOW THAT WAS AMAZING!

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