nine inch nails fans kick ass

a couple days old (sometimes it takes me a few days to catch up in my rss reader), but i wanted to get back on the music openness topic and throw this out there…from nin.com:

For 12 months, a core team of dozens of fans and a network of thousands spanning the entire globe pooled their efforts to create this professional-quality 1080p 5.1 concert film, and have released it in every format from Blu-ray and DVD to iPod and YouTube. It combines footage from all three shows and includes DVD menus, bonus footage, a PDF booklet, and more. That something of this scale was produced entirely by fans, on their own time, purely for the sake of giving something back to the community, is absolutely unprecedented.

check the nin site for the full backstory.  anyone marginally familiar with the 405 gigabytes (you read that right) of uncut footage from the lights in the sky tour know that it’s been floating around for a while and various people have done a variety of things with it including videos, live albums, etc.  but this takes the cake, and obviously the band is impressed.  it just goes to show you what can be done by crowdsourcing raw materials, and how deeply involved fans can get with the artists when the artists give them the keys to the castle.  seriously, this is pretty freaking awesome, i’m about to download my copy right now.

you can check out the list of releases in various formats here
and download the art here
or download the pdf booklet here