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Apr 04 2016

Ghosts I-IV — Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails’ instrumental double album Ghosts I-IV is one of my all-time favorite albums. It consists of 36 songs and I’m never tempted to skip one of them.

It’s been on heavy rotation this week on my phone and I was trying to choose one or even three or four songs for this post, but it was an impossible task.

This is the widescreen version of wallpaper #5 (of 11).

This is the widescreen version of wallpaper #5 (of 11).

The songs range from perfect for aftercare (mellow, almost ambient) to excellent for heavy impact scenes (industrial, electronic). And everything in between.

Somehow, listening to the entire album in one go also works, though I don’t know how it would be to use for a scene.

On his site, Reznor describes the album as being very visual and it is definitely that. It’s an atmospheric album, as well, which is probably why it’s perfect for different types of scenes.

This is the widescreen version of wallpaper #2.

This is the widescreen version of wallpaper #2.

It was released in 2008 straight from Reznor’s own website.

From there you can download the first nine songs for free. The full 36 songs are available in a variety of formats (all DRM-free) for $5 and includes a 40 page PDF booklet and wallpapers (some of which are included in this post). Other downloadable extras like avatars and phone wallpapers are included, as well.

It does not include this photo of Trent rocking out on the xylophone, though. (source)

It does not include this photo of Trent rocking out on the xylophone, though. (source)

The 2 CD set includes the digital download and all that entails is $10. This is what I got.

I admit to liking Trent Reznor because when he found out his (at the time) record company was gouging his Australian fans ‘because they would pay’ exorbitant prices for a particular album he released the album on torrent services for free. The man knows he has enough money.

He regularly makes available the individual tracks of his songs to see what fans will come up with in remixes.

[Though it’s like trying to choose a favorite child, I will admit a particular fondness for track three. It is, what I believe the kids today call a ‘banger’. And not in the British sausage meaning.]

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