Ghosts I–IV

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Ghosts is a four-volume, 2-disc release by Nine Inch Nails released online on March 2, 2008. It will be available in CD stores on April 8, 2008.

The official introduction page for the album reads:

Nine Inch Nails presents Ghosts I - IV, a brand new 36 track instrumental collection available right now. Almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I - IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.
Trent Reznor explains, "I've been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn't have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective - dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I'm very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts."

The official site also contains the following under "More Info"

This music arrived unexpectedly as the result of an experiment. The rules were as follows: 10 weeks, no clear agenda, no overthinking, everything driven by impulse. Whatever happens during that time gets released as... something.
The team: Atticus Ross, Alan Moulder and myself with some help from Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew and Brian Viglione. Rob Sheridan collaborated with Artist in Residence (A+R) to create the accompanying visual and physical aesthetic.
We began improvising and let the music decide the direction. Eyes were closed, hands played instruments and it began. Within a matter of days it became clear we were on to something, and a lot of material began appearing. What we thought could be a five song EP became much more. I invited some friends over to join in and we all enjoyed the process of collaborating on this.
The end result is a wildly varied body of music that we're able to present to the world in ways the confines of a major record label would never have allowed - from a 100% DRM-free, high-quality download, to the most luxurious physical package we've ever created.
More volumes of Ghosts are likely to appear in the future.
- Trent Reznor, March 2, 2008


Ghosts is available in five different formats:

  • A free 320Kbps DRM-free MP3 download consisting of Ghosts I only and a 40-page PDF booklet
  • DRM-free download in consumers' choice of format and 40-page PDF booklet
  • 2-CD set in custom digipak with 16-page booklet
  • Deluxe Edition, which includes 2 CDs, a DVD-ROM of multitrack files, Blu-Ray DVD of the album featuring a 96/24 digital mix of the album as well as a slideshow, and hardcover 40-page booklet in a black fabric slipcase
  • Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition, which includes everything in the Deluxe Edition, as well as the album on a 4-part 180 gram vinyl edition and two Giclée prints. This version is limited to 2500 copies, each of which is numbered and signed by Reznor himself. Although it was initally expected that this edition would take a while to sell out, it was announced on March 4, 2008 that all 2500 copies had been sold.

It is rumored that a vinyl-only edition will also be available. This edition will not be 180 gram like the set included in the Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition and will be released on April 8, 2008.

The Standard 2-CD edition, Deluxe Edition, and Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition also include an immediate download of the album in the consumers' choice of format. The Deluxe Edition and Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition will not be shipped until May 1, 2008.


Ghosts I

  1. "1 Ghosts I"
  2. "2 Ghosts I"
  3. "3 Ghosts I"
  4. "4 Ghosts I"
  5. "5 Ghosts I"
  6. "6 Ghosts I"
  7. "7 Ghosts I"
  8. "8 Ghosts I"
  9. "9 Ghosts I"

Ghosts II

  1. "10 Ghosts II"
  2. "11 Ghosts II"
  3. "12 Ghosts II"
  4. "13 Ghosts II"
  5. "14 Ghosts II"
  6. "15 Ghosts II"
  7. "16 Ghosts II"
  8. "17 Ghosts II"
  9. "18 Ghosts II"

Ghosts III

  1. "19 Ghosts III"
  2. "20 Ghosts III"
  3. "21 Ghosts III"
  4. "22 Ghosts III"
  5. "23 Ghosts III"
  6. "24 Ghosts III"
  7. "25 Ghosts III"
  8. "26 Ghosts III"
  9. "27 Ghosts III"

Ghosts IV

  1. "28 Ghosts IV"
  2. "29 Ghosts IV"
  3. "30 Ghosts IV"
  4. "31 Ghosts IV"
  5. "32 Ghosts IV"
  6. "33 Ghosts IV"
  7. "34 Ghosts IV"
  8. "35 Ghosts IV"
  9. "36 Ghosts IV"

Album Credits

  • Trent Reznor: All performance except as noted {Admin note: will be noted on individual song pages}, production
  • Atticus Ross: Programming, arranging, production
  • Alan Moulder: Engineering, mix engineering, production

  • Rob Sheridan: art direction, with Trent Reznor and Artist In Residence

  • With special guests Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew and Brian Viglione

  • Support: Brett Bachemin, Dustin Mosley, Michael Tuller and Alynn Dotson

  • Management: Rebel Waltz

  • Mastered by Tom Baker, Precision Mastering, Hollywood, CA

  • Photography by Philip Craybill and Rob Sheridan
  • Additional photography: Tamar Levine

  • Business management: William Harper and Michael Walsh for Gelfand, Rennert and Feldman, LLP
  • Legal: Gary Stiffelman and David Byrnes
  • Worldwide booking: Marc Geiger for William Morris Agency

  • Label: The Null Corporation

  • Press: US—Steve Martin (Nasty Little Man); UK—Frances McCahon (RMP)

  • The Null Corporation Europe: Didi Parlevliet

  • Web integration: Sudjam

  • Thank you: Bruno Bondarelli, Andrew Grad, Andrew "Hans" Buscher, Angela Sidlow, Christina Lum, Cori Bardow, Craig Johnston, Guitar Center, Irina Volodarsky, Jeff Anderson, Jeff Davis, Jeff Masud, Jim Scheel, Miles Rogers and Digidesign, Pable La Rosa and Native Instruments, Paul Cox, Paul Haines, Paul J. Cox Studio Systems, Phillip Scholes and SSL, Ricky Chao, Rock-It Cargo, Roger Cordell and Big City Music, Ross Rosen, Scott Rodger, Shawn Cleary and Analogue Haven, Steve "Coco" Brandon, Vintage King, Westlake Audio, West L.A. Music, Zia Modabber

This album is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial Share Alike license. More information:

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Initial response and technical issues

On March 3, 2008, the day after the release, the following was put up in place of the Ghosts I-IV web site:

Unfortunately, the Ghosts I-IV site is down for the next few hours for maintenance.
We quietly released this album last night without any warning, and without any press. Because we know how devoted our fans are, we planned for an overwhelming response, and expected heavy traffic. To our surprise, the traffic was more than three times what we anticipated, and has only been getting heavier throughout the day. The response has been absolutely phenomenal, and we couldn't be happier, but our servers have taken a beating, causing numerous problems with the download site. Our developers, who have been working non-stop to combat the surge of traffic, feel that taking the site down for a few hours to fix some crucial issues is the best way to get things running smoothly again. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
While the site is down, you can still purchase the complete Ghosts I-IV here from Amazon's MP3 store for only $5. The MP3s are high quality and DRM-free. You can also order the deluxe and limited edition packages from Artist in Residence.
If you're familiar with BitTorrent, you can download Ghosts I, the first of the four volumes, for free, from our official upload at The Pirate Bay.
If you ordered a download and have not yet been able to retrieve it or have experienced any technical difficulties with the download, your download link will work as soon as the site returns.
Thanks again for the amazing support, and your continuing patience. Watch for updates during the downtime.

Later, the following message was posted to

"The new Nine Inch Nails record is available RIGHT NOW! (for real this time)
Sorry again about the hassle. Somebody kicked the plug out of our internets, but we're all set now.
posted by Trent Reznor at 8:00 PM pst, from hong kong."

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