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Phillip Torrone @ Make:
Make your own Nine Inch Nails

MacMinute has a story about Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails making the band's new single, "The Hand That Feeds" available to download for Mac users with GarageBand to mix and mash up (an actual multi-track audio session). "For quite some time I've been interested in the idea of allowing you the ability to tinker around with my tracks -- to create remixes, experiment, embellish or destroy what's there," Reznor says. Here's a screenshot of it on my Mac (View image) and here's where to get it (70MB file). Here are a couple of the first remixes!

How excellent. This is almost like open source music. It's one thing to say, "hey it's OK to sample this." It's taking it to a totally different level to publish it as a Garage Band project. Now if only they would put some kind of Creative Commons license on it, it would be perfect.


They've been doing this kind of thing over at Acid Planet for years in the form of remix competitions - you can see all the artists featured in previous competitions here.

I wish I could use Garageband on my PC :(

I love the idea though! Kudos to Mr Reznor.

I suppose I should give credit to Apple for taking an old idea and making everyone think it's new. Though kudos should also go to David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Black Eyed Peas, Garbage, Madonna and the dozens of others who made their music available for remixing on Acid Planet YEARS AGO! And Acid Express is kinda like Garageband and it's free for your PC.

Your call for a CC license is apt: In fact, the download comes with a license agreement. Here is part of that EULA:

The Licensee may modify the sounds but MAY NOT USE THE SOUNDS, MODIFIED OR UNMODIFIED, FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WITHIN MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS. Licensee must obtain a separate license from Licensor in respect of any intended commercial uses.

It is very much like a Creative Commons, No-commercial use license.

I make this point on my blog.

It was good to see your post, we have been working with artists that are sharing media to mix and remix their work between musicians and artists in different locations in a trusted peered network. We're offering it free so we can get feedback as to how to make what we call "speed jamming" more accessable to artists. Mixing and remixing is a critical component to the creative process and its great to see more people putting efforts into derivative content.

Yeah so all the PC users get left out?
Why not just make the thing available in .wav format so everyone pc/mac can work on it. Great marketing with Apple though, it's always about the marketing aint it!
Can't just release something without some major marketing scheme involved.