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Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor released his latest work "Ghosts I-IV" on 6:00 p.m. PST, March 2, 2008, via NIN.com. This release is a four volume collection of 36 untitled instrumental tracks, nearly two hours of music, recorded over a 10-week period last fall.

"Ghosts I-IV" was conceived as an experiment: Following the conclusion of 2007’s "Year Zero" album, alternate reality game and touring campaign, Trent Reznor enlisted Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder with help from Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew and Brian Viglione to create spontaneous, impulsive soundtracks to daydreams with no agenda or release date, only a self-imposed 10-week time limit. Rob Sheridan collaborated with Artist in Residence (A+R) to create the accompanying visual and physical aesthetic.

The end result is a wildly varied body of work released in its entirety with no label-imposed limitations–musical, physical or otherwise.

"Ghosts I-IV" is available in the following configurations:

FREE DOWNLOAD
Ghosts I - The first 9 tracks from the "Ghosts I-IV" collection available as DRM-free MP3s (320kbps LAME encoded, fully tagged) including complete 40 page PDF. Also includes the digital extras pack - various wallpapers, icons, and graphics tools for your computer, website, profile, etc.

$5 DOWNLOAD
"Ghosts I-IV" - All 36 tracks in a variety of DRM-free digital formats (320 kbps LAME encoded, fully tagged; FLAC Lossless; Apple Lossless) including a 40 page PDF. Also includes the digital extras pack - various wallpapers, icons, and graphics tools for your computer, website, profile, etc. This version is also available from the Amazon MP3 store.

$10 2XCD SET
"Ghosts I-IV" - 2 audio CDs in a gatefold digipak package with a 16-page booklet. To be shipped TBD. Includes immediate DRM-free download of the entire collection in same choice of formats as $5 Download option. Download will include the 40 page PDF and the digital extras pack - various wallpapers, icons, and graphics tools for your computer, website, profile, etc. This configuration will be released to retail April 5 in Australia and Japan, and April 8 in North America, the UK and most European territories.

$75 LIMITED EDITION DELUXE PACKAGE
"Ghosts I-IV" - Hardcover book holding 2 audio CDs, 1 data DVD of all 36 tracks in multi-track format (in .wav files readable by Mac and Windows), and Blu-ray disc featuring stereo recordings in high-definition 24 bit 96Khz with exclusive slide show. Includes immediate DRM-free download of the entire collection in all formats and with all extras mentioned above. Also includes 48-page hardcover of photographs by Phillip Graybill and Rob Sheridan. Discs and art book both housed in fabric slipcover.

$300 ULTRA-DELUXE LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE
"Ghosts I-IV" - Contains all elements from deluxe package, along with exclusive 4XLP 180-gram vinyl set, and two limited edition Giclee prints available exclusively in this package. Disc book, art book, and prints are all housed in a fabric slipcover. 4XLP vinyl set comes in its own fabric slipcover. It also includes immediate DRM-free download of the entire collection in all formats and with all extras mentioned above. These will be Limited to 2500 units, numbered and personally signed by Trent Reznor.

A $39 4X vinyl version will be available at retail April 8.

The deluxe versions are available for pre-order from Artist in Residence (A+R) as well.

Ghosts I-IV is being released under the Creative Commons license.

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1. deathbringer writes:

Hah, it's like shareware for music... Interesting.

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 2:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. d writes:

this is cool that hes willing to do something like this but the sad truth is someone will buy it with all the tracks and it will be up on the net to download for free anyway if it isint already.

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 2:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. zMETALlica writes:

This is true d, but this is what he wants, if he didn't want that he would do the creative commons liscence, which states that you can remix it and distribute it as you please as long as you don't make money on it.

I think what makes this album's distribution unique is that it has things that you can't easily transfer online, such as the Blue ray format, the vinyl release, and the photos. The photos especially cause you can't get touch and feel things online for free. people will pay premiums for this and always will, you are paying for an experience, not just the music.

Also 10 bux for a double CD is freakin awesome.

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 3:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. KF writes:

I guarantee that Vinyl itself is going to go for about $300+ on ebay.

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 5:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. DrummerDREW writes:

WORD

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. RememberMetal? writes:

I may shell out $5.00 for the full set of instrumentals. The last NIN album that really did anything for me was The Fragile, which was f***ing epic...very prog feel to much of it. With Teeth and to a lesser extent Year Zero were non-metal let downs.....Reznor is weirdly productive but he's missing more than any other point in his career sooooo...I'll listen to this stuff and see what happens.

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# Mar 3, 2008 @ 8:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. zMETALlica writes:

a friend told me this was very much like "fragile" mixed with a bit of "with teeth"

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 9:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. RememberMetal? writes:

Just did a random sampling at Amazon I'm going to download it..
Production quality is a little thin, purposefully minimal. Your friends description is spot on. For every track that rubbed me the wrong way I found 2 or 3 that I liked.

It would be nice if Reznor could put together an equally massive collection of instrumentals that are rich, alternately soundscapey-sparse and densely layered. I can't complain about 36 tracks for 5 bucks though.

Now Playing: Nine Inch Nails - "22 Ghosts III"

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 9:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Kalis_wrath writes:

Hahaha! "A bit of teeth." Something about that sentance is funny to me.

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Caveman writes:

Dam it post 4 you talked me into buying the 300 dollar package... dont go for it unless you have 369.99 (which includes shipping & handling) Thank god i have a visa which is totally paid off, this way i wont worry about having to pay for this dam thing for a month!

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 10:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RememberMetal? writes:

ouch, that might not have been the best idea. Unless you can hold out a year or two for the demand to surpass the current asking price.

Now Playing: Soundgarden - "Outshined"

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 10:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

So...is it any good? I dl'ed it, thankfully FOR FREE mainly because I paid for The Fragile, and after that, dammit, I'll take what I want, thank you.

# Mar 4, 2008 @ 9:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Txmetalhead writes:

I never was a BIG NIN fan, however, I am interested in hearing the new tracks. I could even pay a little money to get quality tracks. I am sure my friends already know about this.

# Mar 4, 2008 @ 10:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Magical_Salamander11 writes:

The big honkin' $300 package sold out already. This is definitely not metal and I think it's kinda weird to see this on metalunderground, but I'll just say that if you're a fan of Godspeed You! Black Emperor or music like that, you will likely dig this.

# Mar 4, 2008 @ 1:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Y'know...it's not that bad. Like Boards of Canada or something like that.

# Mar 4, 2008 @ 2:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. RememberMetal? writes:

I'm impressed.

It's his best material since The Fragile( which is AS essential as Spiral where I stand ). Noone looking for metal wil care for this but from a non-metal stand point I'd have to say it was well worth it.

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# Mar 4, 2008 @ 5:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Boocifer writes:

NIN is a quality music act,,,, but not even close to the metal genre; get NIN out of here.

# Mar 4, 2008 @ 7:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Hey, remembermetal, I just got chills when I read you say it was the best material since The Fragile. That album sucked the freckles off of my nutsack.

# Mar 5, 2008 @ 12:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. RememberMetal? writes:

Crawford
lol. I don't see how anyone could think that but considering it sold less than Downward Spiral I'm not surprised.

It was a slowed down, sound-scapey, flipside of Spiral, and I think it matches Spiral as Reznors best work. It's very heavy on keys and there were fewer pop songs and more instrumentals.

It's a recipe for poor reception.

I know alot of people were hoping for something like Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, or Downward Spiral but I wasn't let down in the least by The Fragile. There was nothing frantic ala "March of the Pigs" or "Wish" and I personnally know several people who thought that killed the whole album.

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# Mar 5, 2008 @ 5:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. SexBloodandMetal writes:

Even if I got their entire discography for free, I'd still want money back

# Mar 5, 2008 @ 7:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. psythe writes:

The Fragile remains my favourite NIN album to date. Heaps better than Downward Spiral. All I can say is it's a pity that Tapeworm project didn't work out. As for this Ghosts album/s, I only got the free 9 songs, but I was thoroughly unimpressed. It's the sort of music I would love, if I happened to be driving at the time I was listening to it. Otherwise, no good, sorry. It bores me. I'll have to burn it to a CD and try listening to it in the car, maybe that'll change my perspective.

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# Mar 6, 2008 @ 4:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. zMETALlica writes:

honestly, I found the best stuff being on ghosts III. I downloaded it via torrents (creative commons liscence allows this legally ;) )

The first 9 tracks bored me for the most part as well.

# Mar 6, 2008 @ 8:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Diamond Oz writes:

I have to agree with SBM on this one haha! They have one or two songs which I quite like but I think they're hugely overrated. To each their own though.

# Mar 6, 2008 @ 9:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

I know that The Fragile has it's fans, and that's understandable seeing as how NIN has changed since it's inception. But it's definetly way too boring, uneventful, quiet, and slow-paced for me. My favorite NIN album is Broken, and it has been since it came out. I actually think this Ghosts shxt is pretty cool, actually.

# Mar 6, 2008 @ 10:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Charlie writes:

i thought it sucked..everything else is good though but ghosts is just bad

# Mar 6, 2008 @ 12:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. RememberMetal? writes:

Funny how most of us think NIN has done SOMETHING good but none of us completely agree.

Spiral and Fragile are tops.
I have some very fond memories attatched to PHM and Broken is strong but flawed. Ghosts works for the most part. I loath With Teeth and while Year Zero was a slight step up from it, it still pales to PHM-Fragile.

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# Mar 6, 2008 @ 5:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. psythe writes:

With Teeth was a disgraceful record, as far as NIN is concerned, but I still actually enjoy a few songs from it. It was a huge disappointment, knowing how much better Reznor can do, but I just kind of ignore that fact and tap my feet hahah. What I have heard of Year Zero, which admittedly is very little, has been an even bigger disappointment than With Teeth, though. Somebody explain to me what's good about it hahah :P

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# Mar 6, 2008 @ 6:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. RememberMetal? writes:

Psythe: Somebody explain to me what's good about it hahah :P

The few tracks that aren't all glitchy/scratchy sounding are better than anything off of With Teeth....Which means instead of the 2 good tracks on With Teeth theres 3-4 decent ones on Year Zero.
I'm hoping Ghosts is Trents way past/through that rough patch, as I'm quite happy with 3/4 of the 36 tracks.

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# Mar 6, 2008 @ 9:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. psythe writes:

As I said, haven't listened to much of YZ at all, so I'm glad to hear it does have a few worthwhile moments to it :) As for Ghosts being his way past the rough patch, here's hoping!

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# Mar 6, 2008 @ 9:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. RememberMetal? writes:

Psythe: As I said, haven't listened to much of YZ at all

your not missing much

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# Mar 6, 2008 @ 11:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

I'd just like to pop in by saying I feel out of place. I never got into this band..... Reznor never did it for me..

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# Mar 7, 2008 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Damn, is everyone a mod now? Where was I when they were passing out free promotions?

# Mar 7, 2008 @ 3:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Fuck A Name writes:

sh**... that just makes the album easier to steal. Now I don't need long sleeves.

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# Mar 7, 2008 @ 3:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Txmetalhead writes:

Just my opinion - but NIN's With Teeth ripped off a Fear Factory song from Archetype..that was messed up. The song was featured in the SAW movie - Bite the Hand that Bleeds You-lyric idea....I would much rather listen to Fear Factory or Rammstein over NIN. Burton C. Bell has some wicked vocals!

# Mar 7, 2008 @ 10:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. thestormmaster writes:

300$ for insturmental industrial you can sit and beat some pots and pans in your kitchen for free. I failed to read where the free coupon for a BJ from a local hooker was in all the stuff included in that special edition. I guess there are some NIN fan with a little to much cash. I was good with the 9 free songs thanks!

# Mar 9, 2008 @ 8:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. brandedcfh420 writes:

Magical_Salamander11 writes:
The big honkin' $300 package sold out already. This is definitely not metal and I think it's kinda weird to see this on metalunderground, but I'll just say that if you're a fan of Godspeed You! Black Emperor or music like that, you will likely dig this.

i like godspeed....."the dead flag blues" is one whacked out mind tripper of a song...some songs being 20 mins or more is crazy!! damn good musicians though!!

# Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Caveman writes:

I grew up with nails, everything that reznor has created has been something that i listen to quite often, from pretty hate machine to ghost the guy is a master of his craft.
Broken is one of the all time best cds ever (tracking 6 songs, 2 bonus) & with teeth & year zero are both excellent.

I love my metal, but i also like my nails

# Mar 9, 2008 @ 7:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. xXxBODOM OF MY HEARTxXx writes:

I CANT GOT PAST THIS ALBUM SORRY TRENT ADN NIN I LOVE YOU TO DEATH AND I HAVE LOVED YOU FOR YEARS I JUST THINK YOUR OLDER STUFF IS A LOT BETTER THAN THIS ALBUM...I LOVE EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS CREATED BUT THIS ONE DOES NOT COMPARE TO THE OTHERS...

# Mar 12, 2008 @ 2:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. psythe writes:

Now that I have the full 36 songs, I gotta say, Ghosts is a LOT better than With Teeth and the few songs I've heard from Year Zero. Of course, it doesn't compare to NIN's older, OLDER stuff, hahah. But still, Ghosts is nowhere near as boring as the first 9 songs would have had me believe :)

Now Playing: Meshuggah - "obZen" <- GOOD f***ing album!

# Mar 12, 2008 @ 7:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. RememberMetal? writes:

Psythe: Ghosts is a LOT better than With Teeth and the few songs I've heard from Year Zero. "obZen" <- GOOD f***ing album!

Right on both counts.

Now Playing: Pig Destroyer - "Soft Assassin"

# Mar 16, 2008 @ 7:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. cruor writes:

Still gotta get Obzen, especially since everyone says it is good.

Now Playing: Meshuggah- I

# Mar 16, 2008 @ 9:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. LiquidMetal writes:

wow i have never seen so many mods in the same place, anyways NIN is an ok band.

# Mar 17, 2008 @ 12:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Choke writes:

im not a big fan of nin and i liked this to be honest im stoned and thats prolly y i like it other wise i listen to heavy sh** like behemoth and Red chord but get this was worth it

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