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NIN Ghosts

Nine Inch Nails presents Ghosts I - IV, a brand new 36 track instrumental collection available right now. Almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I - IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.

Trent Reznor explains, "I've been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn't have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective - dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I'm very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts."

You can buy it or download some of it for free, and listen to some of it for free. More info below....

NIN Ghosts

Following the model set by the Trent Reznor/Saul Williams Niggy Tardust project released late last year, Reznor has just released a startling two and a half hours of new Nine Inch Nails audio via the band's web site entitled "Ghosts I-IV." Introducing yet another innovation in audio release via the web, Reznor has made the first nine of the collection's startling thirty-six tracks available for free with hopes that they may entice each user to pay the minuscule $5 for the entire set.

Not to be outdone by last year's release by Radiohead, Reznor has made a number of fantastic physical versions of the release available for sale as well.. [Culture Bully]

NIN Ghosts
This music arrived unexpectedly as the result of an experiment. The rules were as follows: 10 weeks, no clear agenda, no overthinking, everything driven by impulse. Whatever happens during that time gets released as... something.

The team: Atticus Ross, Alan Moulder and myself with some help from Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew and Brian Viglione. Rob Sheridan collaborated with Artist in Residence (A+R) to create the accompanying visual and physical aesthetic.

We began improvising and let the music decide the direction. Eyes were closed, hands played instruments and it began. Within a matter of days it became clear we were on to something, and a lot of material began appearing. What we thought could be a five song EP became much more. I invited some friends over to join in and we all enjoyed the process of collaborating on this.

The end result is a wildly varied body of music that we're able to present to the world in ways the confines of a major record label would never have allowed - from a 100% DRM-free, high-quality download, to the most luxurious physical package we've ever created.

More volumes of Ghosts are likely to appear in the future.

- Trent Reznor, March 2, 2008


(rainbow photo by HEARTONASTICK)



Comments (26)

This is really great. It feels like a world of Fragile instrumentals developed in a more of a Year Zero era mindset. Track 3 just destroyed everything and I wish the site wasn't crapping out so I could buy the 2-disc set and have all of the songs right now!

Posted by G | March 3, 2008 12:32 AM


Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 2:33 AM


Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 3:24 AM

reminds me of Eno at some parts.

Posted by turd nugget | March 3, 2008 3:36 AM

i heard that all the songs spell out a secret admittance code to a vampire weekend performance on sesame street soon.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 5:19 AM

I'm not a NIN fan, but this seems like a pretty sweet deal.

Posted by Les | March 3, 2008 6:56 AM

I support this except that everything is running really weird and slow and now my download link isn't opening.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 7:47 AM

I downloaded it twice, both broken files.

Posted by saltnpepper | March 3, 2008 8:07 AM

"a soundtrack for daydreams.."

great description.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 8:17 AM

wow... this is beautiful stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 8:53 AM

Trent Reznor has a huge boner for sliding scale pricing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 9:16 AM

fucking brilliant!!
every tune I've listened to is absolutely amazing!

go TRENT!!!!

Posted by erreur | March 3, 2008 9:17 AM

"13 ghosts" is fucking badass

Posted by erreur | March 3, 2008 9:27 AM

wish they'd get the site up and running cuase the streaming tracks are terrrific.


Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 9:40 AM

i just used the amazon $5 download, worked fine and quickly...

Posted by punkfreud | March 3, 2008 9:50 AM

"$300 x 2,500 = $750,000"

dude's a quarter away from being hitting a million on ultra-deluxe editions alone.
smart move.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 9:52 AM

god i love his instrumental work. this is great!

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 10:30 AM

...said trent's accountant

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 10:30 AM

Ya I just bought direct from the site and the .zip is corrupt -- overwhelming demand! Trent fix the tech!

Posted by greg | March 3, 2008 12:13 PM

I bought the $300 package. In two, five, ten years time, I'll never regret it. His instrumental music is amazing, and worth the money to me.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 2:27 PM


Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 3:51 PM

He said he wouldn't tour until after Bush was out of office . . . I don't think he was kidding.

Posted by E | March 3, 2008 5:00 PM

Trent reznor is incredible.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2008 6:06 PM

My download finally worked today. Reznor is a true artist and a leader for the times.

Posted by greg | March 4, 2008 1:45 PM

My download finally worked today. Reznor is a true artist and a leader for the times.

Posted by greg | March 4, 2008 1:46 PM

I didn't realize that trent reznor was as talented as he is.. he won a grammy for doing the score in one of the movies this last year. ( can't remember which one) with that said I might have to really check this out.

Posted by instrumentals | May 14, 2011 11:53 PM

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