Posted in music | video on March 14, 2008

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To expand the idea of the "Ghosts" project, we're inviting anyone and everyone to create visuals to accompany the album's music. In a few months, we'll be gathering the entries we feel are particularly exceptional and highlighting them. There are no rules to this - be as creative as you like. Create a music video, or a short film, or something completely abstract. Use only one track from the album, or use multiple tracks. Only one caveat: Incorporating copyrighted materials (clips from movies, music by other artists, etc) into your video might limit our ability to feature it in the future.

To submit your video, join the Ghosts group at http://www.youtube.com/group/ninghosts and add your video to the group. Good luck, and enjoy

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Comments (32)

One of the few true artists left of the music world.

Posted by greg | March 14, 2008 3:37 PM

Eddie Vedder?

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2008 4:06 PM

Trent and Eddie both qualify. Although now that I think about it, there are a lot more true artists left that have survived commercialism than I first thought. I just think we forget it because some people conflate no longer being the cool "it" artist of the moment with no longer being a true artist. Yea Trent.

Posted by HandlebarWangstache | March 14, 2008 10:37 PM

Where is the video where Trent talks about his boy Saul Williams selling "List of Demands" to Nike!? WTF is that?! Release an album online...and get your money from NIKE! I know, everyone has to eat, right? Well, you can eat without getting money from Nike. I'm disappointed in Saul.

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2008 11:16 PM

Actually...."List of Demands" wasn't on the NT record. It was released via American Recordings, a major label.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 9:40 AM

Vedder, Grohl, Radiohead, et al. certainly qualify on certain points, but work within established formula. Reznor is a trailblazer: no one else has put so much effort into putting their 'art' into the hands of his fans, utilizing and pushing the technology of the time. His output has been consistently amazing regardless of the musical tastes of the day, and he's always a few steps ahead of the time.

Posted by greg | March 15, 2008 10:50 AM

what about all the non-mega-famous artists and musicians making music for nothing, at times even sacrificing money to make their art. All these people you mention are rich rich rich, of course they can do whatever they want they don't have to worry about money.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 12:15 PM

I know "List of Demands" wasn't on NT, I've been a Saul fan for some time now. Even though it's on American, it still hurts to hear someone like him during a NIKE commercial...and not just 30 seconds, they played at least a minute of it. Of course he had little to no say in it, but that's still a bummer. Almost as much of a bummer as hearing "Waiting Room" during an NFL game (but that wasn't Fugazi's fault, just as this probably isn't Sauls.)

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 12:22 PM

12:15, I understand your point -- alternately, think of all the 'rich, rich, rich' artists not giving much back, and certainly not in an innovative way. I think there is an obligation by artists in the position of having profited in their art to give back in other ways. Reznor is actually handing people the tools, resources and, by the association of his very name, the credibility to be heard/seen. The only example top of mind that is down the same road is the Beastie Boys' fan-shot concert flick: truly 'interactive'.

Posted by greg | March 15, 2008 12:54 PM

Who cares if his music is in a Nike commercial? Good for him. It's not like he wrote a song about Nike for a Nike advertisement. He isn't changing his music to get placement in a corporate commercial. I'm tired of people screaming sell-out whenever somebody's song is on television. Saul is someone who needs to be heard and if being in a Nike commercial spreads his music to more people, then so be it. If being in a Nike commercial gives him that extra money to be able to tour and make another album, then I hope his music is in every Nike commercial from now on.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 12:55 PM

Ok, so this is totally 100% dorky, but I'm a NIN fanclub member - which they overhauled in response to what happened when they finally toured and had their first NYC show in years at Hammerstein, and felt their tickets couldn't get into the hands of their fans.

So they made this extremely reliable fan pre-sale system (I was sold out of Hammerstein but front row at PNC Bank Arts Center) and this online fan area with all kinds of cool free downloads and just about anything to keep you happy, and the membership gave you it's value worth in posters and tshirts n stuff. NIN takes effort to make what they do special.

They have since their first success which Downward Spiral - putting effort into the album art/package and the video. To follow that up with the 2 disc epic The Fragile was just kinda kick ass.

Posted by Heather | March 15, 2008 1:49 PM

Huge NIN fan...not so much Saul Williams. I do have to say that since that song was released on a major label, Saul most likely does not own the rights to it. That being said...yea he probably gets a small portion of money but the record company is collecting most of the profit.

Hope to see NIN on the road soon....hopefully taking the fan created visuals out with them.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 2:34 PM

At what point in the video does Reznor say, "I'm old, fat and irrelevant now"?

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 2:49 PM

2:49, be sure to send us all a link to your video addressing your fans being able to make a video for all your songs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 2:57 PM

Just thought I'd share, here's my submission:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-yZFbzaWbg

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 3:02 PM

Anon 2:49- Trent is really fucking muscly lately.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 4:02 PM

^ Yes he is muscular* now.

It's funny how people need to hate. Tragic really; they can not give out love, but hate just like media and our government. We would all be happier with more open minded balanced caring perceptions on music, arts, and life.

Posted by N! | March 15, 2008 5:13 PM

Listen, I never screamed "sell-out" , I made sure of it. I hate that term and it's bullshit! I know how those things work with the labels and all of that. All I was saying is that, Saul Williams is a very political and righteous artist, reasons why I enjoy his music/poetry. It's just shitty to hear his anthem about getting up, being mad at society and starting your own revolution in a commercial for NIKE! Though they "stole" the image, you might as well say it was ok for NIKE to use that Minor Threat image, "if it spreads they're music to more peoplet, so be it." right? lame. There is something Saul can do and I'm sure if he wanted to put up a stink, he could get it pulled. But, like I've heard Ian say before, it's a headache. I'm not hating on Saul or bashing him. I guess you have to get your money somehow when you give your album away...I just think NIKE is a shitty way.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 6:37 PM

^TL;DR^

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 6:42 PM

To be clear: there's a huge difference between a NIKE art director completely appropriating the Minor Threat image with the band having no prior knowledge, approval or blessing, etc, and a song being pimped, purchased and used for a commercial. Williams and the label that co-owns his publishing got money, and the people that didn't know who he is/was may have been turned on to his music. Whether or not this is 'cool' or not depends on who you ask -- if it's your job to be a musician, it means you seek compensation to do so, and these days that little facet of it is pretty much harder than ever.

Posted by greg | March 15, 2008 7:30 PM

I love how Trent can still be cpytic and onimous even when he's trying to be accessible. I mean, you can't see eyes in the still frame or the video.

Ghosts is ACE!

Posted by b.LOUD | March 15, 2008 7:39 PM

spenny?

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 8:04 PM

why does the farm suffer? When I go on holiday! Is the veghan enjoying meat?

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2008 8:12 PM

It's funny how people need to hate. Tragic really; they can not give out love, but hate just like media and our government. We would all be happier with more open minded balanced caring perceptions on music, arts, and life."

KILL YOURSELF AND FUCK THE BODY.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | March 15, 2008 10:28 PM

TRENT REZNOR? what has this fucking douche ever done, thanks but ill keep my ideas to myself

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2008 1:08 AM

It seems this site needs a breathalyser at the door.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2008 11:35 AM

"It seems this site needs a breathalyser at the door."

more like someone checking IDs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2008 11:42 AM

Make your own goddamn video lazy motherfuck!

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2008 10:19 PM

Why didn't NIN tour the US for Year Zero at all? I really want to see them. I know he broke up the most recent lineup but still, dude needs to tour.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2008 11:08 PM

seems like a guy who can't laugh at himself.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2008 11:35 PM

It's not easy being Techno Viking's younger brother.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2008 10:16 AM

"what has this fucking douche ever done"

are you fucking kidding me? unless you are 13 years old, you have no excuse for being that ignorant.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2008 1:37 PM

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