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?)