That tricky Trent Reznor has created a new album and released it under a creative commons license and didn't tell anyone it was coming out until right now. Literally right now. The album has been online for exactly 2 hours as I write this.
"Ghosts I-IV" is a 36 track instrumental album and a big departure from a typical NIN album.
"I've been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years," Trent says from his site, "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."
The music comes in a variety of formats including MP3, a double CD, all the tracks on DVD with a deluxe book, and a limited edition version which includes the DVD and book as well as a copy of the album on vinyl.
The first nine tracks are available online for free via Trent's site or through a variety of torrent sites including Pirate Bay.
The fact that he has kept this a secret from everyone is incredible. He also suggests that more music is in the works.
Download the first nine tracks here.