NIN launch Ghosts YouTube film festival
Today Trent said:
First of all, a sincere THANK YOU for the response to Ghosts. We are all amazed at the reaction for what we assumed would be a quiet curiosity in the NIN catalog. My faith in all of you has been restored - let's all go have coffee somewhere (my treat)!
I feel really joyful. First of all I felt really sad when he was disappointed by the fact that the Saul Willimas experiment did not go too well and that he somehow lost faith in us, the community. The risk was that he would not feel confident of a new possible business model and go back to a music label. I was enthusiast when he announced the new Ghosts albums, even more happy by the NIN went Creative Commons. One could really smell that this was coming, it was floating in the air. The whole idea of a blank canvas, the lack of descriptive song titles and the primarily textural artwork, packaging and instrumental songs was a very clear premonition of the future and the potential that this piece of music holds. Here is the complete message from Trent:
Today we announce the expansion of the Ghosts project into the visual world. This record began as an experiment with us using sound as a means to describe visuals. Early in the project we thought it would be interesting to see what the community could create / collaborate on as a reaction to the music we were making. We wanted to keep the canvas as blank as possible for you, hence the lack of descriptive song titles and the primarily textural artwork and packaging.
So here's the plan: we've teamed up with YouTube to host a "film festival" around Ghosts. The concept is for you to take whatever tracks you feel inspired by from Ghosts and create what you feel should accompany them visually. You will be able to see all of the submissions, and a team of us (including me) will be sorting through them and setting aside ones we feel are exceptional. Eventually (within a couple of months?) we will present a virtual "film festival" with me and some special guests presenting selections of your work.
This isn't a contest and you don't win elaborate prizes - it's meant to be an experiment in collaboration and a chance for us to interact beyond the typical one-way artist-to-fan relationship. We've discussed some interesting ways this could go, including multiple installments of the online "film festivals," to broadcast TV specials, to a one-time live performance of the entire Ghosts record with your visuals involved. It really depends on how this progresses and develops.
We are all very much looking forward to what you come up with, and hope you enjoy the experience. Visit our YouTube channel for information on how to participate.
Message from Trent
I am really excited about this. I actually had the feeling all along that not only ghosts, but most of NIN's discography is the soundtrack of a yet-to-be-directed film. I don't think I'll be able to put into images and frames what I have in mind right now, it's too complex, too difficult considering the tools I have, and I don't particularly like half-works. Still, I'm very much curious of what everyone else can come up with. At the NIN Ghost film festival YouTube group videos are popping up by the minute, every time a refresh the page a new one is added. I can't really describe the feeling I have, I guess the word is... awe.