Thom Yorke BitTorrent bundle downloaded 116,000 times in first 24 hours

The free portion of the bundle includes the single 'A Brain In A Bottle' and a video

Over 100,000 people have downloaded the free BitTorrent bundle Thom Yorke gave away for free on Friday.

A spokesperson for BitTorrent confirmed to NME that 116,000 people downloaded the free portion of the bundle, which includes the single ‘A Brain In A Bottle’ and the video, in the first 24 hours that it was available. BitTorrent users then had the option to pay £3.68 to access the full version of ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’, Yorke’s first solo album since ‘The Eraser’ in 2006.

The album is described as an “experiment” by Yorke, who announced its release in a press statement co-authored with producer Nigel Godrich.

The tracklisting is:

‘A Brain In A Bottle’
‘Guess Again!’
‘Interference’
‘The Mother Lode’
‘Truth Ray’
‘There Is No Ice (For my Drink)’
‘Pink Section’
‘Nose Grows Some’

The press release reads:

“As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record. 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 ‘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.”

Thom Yorke has been teasing fans with bits of information about forthcoming work. On Wednesday, he posted an image of the lyrics to Radiohead track ‘A Wolf At The Door’ with some new lines added.

On Monday, he linked to an image of a white vinyl 12-inch record playing on a turntable, which led fans to speculate that there could be new music coming soon.