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Radiohead sells 'Nude' deconstruction on iTunes

updated 10:15 am EDT, Tue April 1, 2008

Radiohead 'Nude' remixes

British rock act Radiohead has taken a different approach with its latest single, the band has announced. Rather than commission a series of professional remixes for "Nude," any musician can now buy the song's underlying elements on iTunes (link), and remix them into a new track. Available "stems" include the voice, bass, guitar, drum, and string/FX layers; while shoppers have to buy before April 8th to get free GarageBand project files, the layers can be edited using many other programs, such as Logic.

Completed remixes can then be uploaded to a special Radiohead website, where people can vote on their favorite mixes until May 1st, the best of which will be heard by the band. MySpace and Facebook widgets can be used to simplify voting by friends and strangers.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This strikes me as being really cool. I like the idea a lot.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    open source track

    This is akin to:

    Check out

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Also sounds like what Peter Gabriel and friends at RealWorld have been doing for a while:

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wow, the excitement. You too can take someone else's work, and then hack it up into little pieces and put it back together again.

    And the end result? Ooooh, the band might listen to it.

    Nothing more thrilling then hearing 200 versions of the same damn song, most not even close as good as the original (although, because its Radiohead, means that even be 1/1000th as good, it still rulez, man! That's how good the head are!)

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As guest has also pointed out, let's stop pretending this is a new idea. Not that I'm a fan of NIN either but I'm sure Trent did the same thing a year or two ago for a whole album.

    Coming from someone who has collected indie rock for 20 years, I don't get the appeal. I'm not even curious as to what people could do to improve this song. I also don't get the emasculated singing style. But it sure is popular. Maybe this is just a case of "please make our songs better so we can sell another album with your improvements.".

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yeah.... yawn.

    I can see the fascination this might hold for fans of the band, and fans of remixing. But honestly, unless you think that you can create something so immensely creative that it will propel you to a career in the industry, why not write and record/mix your own song?

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