Radiohead singer Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich announced that a new album called "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" will be distributed "using a new version of BitTorrent," according to a Nasty Little Man press release.
"The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files," Yorke and Godrich write. "The files can be anything, but in this case is an 'album.' It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around ... If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work."
The release goes on to say that "enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done."
Apparently the way to get the album -- and really, I have no idea what that is yet, and I've read the press release five times -- doesn't involve "server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey. It's a self-contained embeddable shop front... The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network."
The press release is signed "Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich," so it must be legit.
UPDATE: The album is now available for purchase here.