Yorke hopes to “bypass the self elected gate-keepers’ with new method of releasing music.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has revealed his new album will be named Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and will be released using an experimental method. In a statement signed by Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, the pair outlined how they intend to release the record, using a new BitTorrent client.
There's a new Thom Yorke record on the way!
“As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record,” began the statement. "The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files.. 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. 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. The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ëcloudí 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.”
They duo then finished by announcing the album would be named Tomorrow's Modern Boxes before signing off.
Earlier this week Yorke had excited fans by posted an image of a mysterious ‘white label’ on Twitter, hinting that new material was coming.
Of course, this isn't the first time Yorke has taken an experimental approach to releasing a record. In 2007 Radiohead cause controversy when they allowed fans to name their price for downloading the album In Rainbows.