We’re big fans of NIN’s new album, Ghosts. Now, visualists will get to freely interpret the album in an open YouTube “festival”…

I’ve come out of my self-imposed solitary confinement only due to my man love for Trent Reznor. (Don’t ask.) Following up on the huge success of the Ghosts I-IV release (grossing a cool $1.6 mil during the first week), Trent is announcing a partnership with YouTube to present a user-submitted film festival for works inspired by Ghosts. From NIN.com:

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)!

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.

NIN’s music has been and continues to be some of the most visually inspiring and cinematic music I listen to; now here’s a chance for myself — and everyone else — to freely be share their work and use NIN’s music without repercussion. If only there were more time!

  • MoRpH

    I'll be starting my submission over the weekend 🙂 Good to see Trent still coming up with cool ideas to get ppl involved. I have Ghosts, great collection of music, I highly recommend it 🙂

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  • massta

    This is a great opportunity and I hope CDM readers contribute. Here are some tips from ninOfficial postings on youTube:

    – Prepare your content in the highest resolution you can, and hang on to the original files, in case we want to use your video for something beyond the scope of YouTube.
    – This project will be going on for quite a while, so take your time. Please don't just submit simple image slideshows.
    -We'll be posting a general time frame for the first round of selections (probably in May), but the idea is to continue it beyond that, so there will be opportunities even for long-term projects. Since it's not a contest we can have several submission periods, so please don't worry about rushing.
    – Incorporating copyrighted materials (clips from movies, unlicensed stock footage, music by other artists, etc) into your video might limit our ability to feature it in the future. The same goes for filming of people or locations without their permission. Anything goes on YouTube, but we'll have to play by the rules for other outlets, so if you want your video to be eligible for anything we come up with in the future, make sure its content is fully cleared.
    – Clips that are clearly not legitimate festival submissions (i.e. promotional videos for unrelated content with Ghosts music thrown over them) will be discarded.
    – Make sure we can contact you about your video. Upload from your own YouTube account that you check messages on, or include contact info in your profile.
    -Regarding remixing/extending/re-editing music: Yes, of course you can. Alter the music however you need to suit your video. You could even think of the music from Ghosts as raw materials for your film score, and you can reshape them however your film demands.
    -Since this isn't a contest, there are no "rules," per se. The guidelines here are just suggestions to keep your entries more in line with the spirit of the project and what we're hoping to see from it.

  • massta

    Not mine, but worth posting here.
    Found on Vimeo not YouTube, go figure.


  • massta

    Okay, I'm done now:

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