Smashing Pumpkins Like Free Online Music Concept

By: Chris Crum - September 17, 2009

Offering your album online for free seems to becoming quite a trend these days. The concept was pioneered by acts like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, and the latest group to jump on the bandwagon is Smashing Pumpkins.

The band began recording its 44-track opus, titled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope and aims to have the first song available by Halloween. The band says it wants to release one song at a time with each one following the other after a short time.

"Each song will be made available absolutely for free, to anyone anywhere," says a post on the band’s blog. "There will be no strings attached. Free will mean free, which means you won’t have to sign up for anything, give an email address, or jump through a hoop. You will be able to go and take the song or songs as you wish, as many times as you wish."

Smashing Pumpkins - Teargrden by Kaleidyscope

The band will eventually compile the whole thing into a box set after releasing 11 "highly limited edition" EPs of 4 songs each. This is where the band is apparently hoping to make money off the effort.

"Because the songs themselves will be free, the EP’s will be more like collectors items for the discerning fan who will want the art itself, along with the highest possible audio quality available," the band says. "The EP’s will be more like mini-box sets rather than your normal cd single. We may also offer other variations for sale, say for example a digital single with a demo version of a song. The commitment that is most important is the one I’m making to you: that the music of ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’ will be available for free to everyone. All 44 songs: free for ALL."

On a related note, Billy Corgan, frontman of the group, also has a new personal blog. Although, I wouldn’t expect much in the way of updates on Teargarden by Kaleidyscope there. The blog is apparently for his spiritual thoughts.

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  • DJ Jason Spencer

    Smashing Pumpkins is hardly jumping on a bandwagon. They were one of the first major acts to offer a free album via download, “Machina II,” way back in 2000.

    • Chris Crum

      Fair enough. Back on the bandwagon then…

  • Vinisha

    I think it is a pretty sensible move by the band considering how piracy is eating out on the profits made by overpriced cds. Music downloads over the Internet is a norm rather than the trend. In fact, many kidsmay be blissfully unaware that its piracy. In spite of efforts by music companies have tried to fight the Internet and tried to close down websites like Napster but had no luck.

    In such a scenario, if music artists and companies need to find a solution they need to join em’ instead of fightin’ em. They need to look for new ways of making profits like the one talked about here.