BitTorrent downloads of Thom Yorke bundle pass one million mark

'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes' was released one week ago today (September 26)

Over one million people have downloaded the free BitTorrent bundle Thom Yorke gave away last week (September 26).

A spokesperson for BitTorrent confirmed overnight that the album has been downloaded over 1.1 million times through a combination of the free bundle option and paid for purchases of the full album. “By the artist’s request, we are not disclosing sales figures,” the spokesperson told Consequence Of Sound. “But we have been very happy with what is happening.”

The free bundle includes the single ‘A Brain In A Bottle’ and the song’s video. 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 was 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’

A press release issued with the announcement of the album read:

“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.”