I’ve been playing with the Nine Inch Nails track (reported by many, many sites in the last few days: NIN made their new single available in GarageBand 2.0 format). I have to say, this is a lot of fun. To me, the song sounds better with more tracks muted: the lesson here is, all of us are loading way too much into a mix. (I know, I know, it’s NIN: but listen to just the vocals alone and tell me it’s not a lot more interesting bare?)

Trent Reznor suggests he wanted us to be able “to create remixes, experiment, embellish or destroy what’s there.” And what did Trent’s posse do with it? From the readme: “All work effectively stopped for a while – it’s fun to mess around with. I’ve now heard a country version of the track as well as an abstract Latin interpretation (thanks, Leo).”

So it wasn’t just me adding banjo. Do I think more songs should be released this way? Yes, I do. Being able just to turn off certain tracks makes the CD more live, lets you hear things you wouldn’t have heard.

For the record, I’m guessing NIN did not use Apple Logic Pro as some have speculated on the Web. Trent, for his part, says in the readme they used Pro Tools. It’s no surprise Logic showed up in the creator codes: Logic supports OMF import and GarageBand export, so they went that route to get the file from PT to GB. Too bad: Trent, give Logic a try the next time you fire it up. (I can see it now — Trent’s Dub remix!)

The normal release of the NIN single The Hand That Feeds
icon is, of course, on iTunes — in audio, not GarageBand format. (Missed opportunity, Apple?)

  • Guest

    Is it intentionally crippled (in bloglines)???

  • admin

    Dude, not sure if you'll see this response (email me next time!) I had issues with the syndication included with Mambo; it was broken. I've managed to fix it.

    Update your RSS feed with this new link:

    That's what we call unintentionally crippling something — when it's broken. It's broken everywhere, not just bloglines. It'll take a while for the new RSS to catch on.


  • Guest

    Yes, of course. And then, eventually, artists won't release each actual track, but just the concept of each track ("should sound like a duck in heat") and a suggestion for lyrics ("bitch about your life–here!").

    And then, artists will just release visual squiggles that listeners will have to interpret with whatever musical implement they have at hand. They may need a few friends to fill out the parts, but it might be some new kind of get-together: a group of "musicians" "play" "live!".

    Happy planet.

  • admin

    . . . when you play live, you can't instantly "mash-up" the track by "remixing" live sound by . . . removing the guitarist.

    I keep playing, and I can still hear him.

    Fortunately there was that 4'33" Silent Moogerfooger from earlier in the month — there's technology for better living.


    (tomorrow I'm back to drummer jokes . . . look out . . .)

  • Guest

    He absolutely does still use Logic.


  • admin

    I should have qualified: Pro Tools was used for this MIX. Probably his engineer uses PT.

    Let's see what's cooking in that studio:
    Digi HD hardware (Logic front-end?)
    Logic 7 host
    Arturia softsynth
    way too much hardware
    . . . and that's just for starters.


  • Guest
  • Guest

    I know that he use Digi and Apogee stuff on the front end. From what I heard, he only uses PT for mixing.

    I found that photo, BTW, here. There are other interesting images posted there as well.


  • Guest

    😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕

  • Guest

    where people are putting links to their remixery? I've done seven of them, myself, and would like to, at this point, hear what everyone else is doing with it.

    – mns

  • Mike

    turn it into a ska remix lol