Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Why Trent Reznor rocks...

...and I don't even like Nine Inch Nails!

Article from MacMinute.com: NIN Offers new single in GarageBand format

"What I'm giving you in this file is the actual multi-track audio session for 'the hand that feeds' in GarageBand format," Reznor explains. "This is the entire thing bounced over from the actual Pro Tools session we recorded it into. I imported and converted the tracks into AppleLoop format so the size would be reasonable and the tempo flexible...Drag the file over to your hard disk and double click it. Hit the space bar. Listen. Change the tempo. Add new loops. Chop up the vocals. Turn me into a woman. Replay the guitar. Anything you'd like."

Now THAT'S cool. I've always wanted to see an artist do this: give up the multitracks, allowing people to create their own personally definitive versions of songs/albums. Specifically, I've always hoped that one day, Pet Sounds will be released in this format - allowing us to take all those instruments that Brian Wilson snuck in there and bring them wherever we want in the mix.

It takes a brave artist to do this. You have to accept that your creation may not be always seen as the definitive creation. You have to let go of your baby and let people take it where they want it to go. But ultimately, I think all it does is generate more respect for the artist - and also helps build a strong fanbase.


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