Tuesday, March 04, 2008


I'm gonna try to get this up before all the bloggers start talking about Pennsylvania.

Ok. I thought I had 30 pages done. I don't know what I based this number on, but I based it. For free. Either way, it's the 12th page in my 100 Pages in 143 Days challenge. Not that impressive, I know.

Listening to Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV.

Click the link to check out this crazy project (whether you care about NIN or not). 9 songs and a 40-page pdf for free. Buy 36 tracks and a pdf for $5. $10 is the download and 2 cds. $75 is two cds, a multitrack audio dvd (all creative commonsed for your interactivity), a bluray dvd AND the free download. $300 was the fabric slip-cased, signed and numbered, four lp, 4 book, + everything else above, limited-edition set.

The $300 dollar set has sold out of its 2500 print run. In one day. Do some quick math on that.

So, how is it? It's pretty good. Honestly, I've wanted Reznor to put out instrumentally for a long time. It protects us from the words, the words that sometimes make us feel sad at Reznor. Words like "Starfuckers, Incorporated." Words like "Flyentology." Words like whatever he said on his last two albums.

It's not the follow up to The Downward Spiral that never happened. It's not the mythical jungle album that was supposedly being made after A Perfect Drug when Reznor discovered Halo. It's more like a tribute to the electronic producers of the late nineties and late seventies: Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Autechre, The Orb, Trent Reznor, Alan Moulder, Flood, King Crimson.

It's laid back, if not entirely ambient. It's more listenable than background music. It drifts in and out of having recognizable NIN sounds and things that you could never pinpoint as Reznor. 18 Ghosts II is playing right now, and if you asked me, I'd say it was peak-period Orb, maybe playing with some NIN guitar effects from a Downward Spiral track that more closely resembled Bowie's Low.

Then 19 Ghosts III kicks in with a much more familiar industrial sound (like from Closer) but more subdued.

I will definitely have to listen to this a few more times.


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