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'''''The Slip''''' (also known as '''''[[Halo numbers|Halo 27]]''''') is the eighth and latest studio album from [[Nine Inch Nails]]. It was released as a free download on May 5, 2008, and contains the previously released Web-only singles "[[Discipline]]" and "[[Echoplex]]."
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'''''The Slip''''' (also known as '''''[[Halo numbers|Halo 27]]''''') is the eighth studio album from [[Nine Inch Nails]]. It was released as a free download on May 5, 2008, a CD/DVD package on July 22, 2008 and a vinyl on August 4th, 2008.
  
 
The album is available for download in a variety of formats, including MP3, lossless FLAC and high-quality WAV files. When playing the MP3 files in an MP3 player a different piece of artwork is displayed for each song, [[The_Photography_of_Ghosts_I%E2%80%93IV|as was the case with]] ''[[Ghosts I–IV]]''.
 
The album is available for download in a variety of formats, including MP3, lossless FLAC and high-quality WAV files. When playing the MP3 files in an MP3 player a different piece of artwork is displayed for each song, [[The_Photography_of_Ghosts_I%E2%80%93IV|as was the case with]] ''[[Ghosts I–IV]]''.
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While [[Trent Reznor]] is known for laboring over his music for years at a time, ''The Slip'' was written and recorded in just three weeks.[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/08/arts/music/08pare.html?pagewanted=all] The album was originally intended to be an EP, but quickly grew to album length.[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/sftw/article1497804.ece]
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==Track Listing==
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====CD/DVD====
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=====CD=====
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#"[[999,999]]" - 1:25
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#"[[1,000,000]]" - 3:56
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#"[[Letting You]]" - 3:49
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#"[[Discipline]]" - 4:19
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#"[[Echoplex]]" - 4:45
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#"[[Head Down]]" - 4:55
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#"[[Lights In The Sky (song)|Lights In The Sky]]" - 3:29
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#"[[Corona Radiata]]" - 7:33
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#"[[The Four Of Us Are Dying]]" - 4:37
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#"[[Demon Seed]]" - 4:59
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=====DVD=====
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#"1,000,000" (Live Rehearsal) - 4:12
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#"Letting You" (Live Rehearsal) - 3:57
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#"Discipline" (Live Rehearsal) - 4:12
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#"Echoplex" (Live Rehearsal) - 4:51
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#"Head Down" (Live Rehearsal) - 4:04
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====12" Vinyl====
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A1&nbsp; "999,999" - 1:25<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A2&nbsp; "1,000,000" - 3:56<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A3&nbsp; "Letting You" - 3:49<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A4&nbsp; "Discipline" - 4:19<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A5&nbsp; "Echoplex" - 4:45<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;B1&nbsp; "Head Down" - 4:55<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;B2&nbsp; "Lights In The Sky" - 3:29<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;B3&nbsp; "Corona Radiata" - 7:33<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;B4&nbsp; "The Four Of Us Are Dying" - 4:37<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;B5&nbsp; "Demon Seed" - 4:59
  
 
==Formats==
 
==Formats==
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The FLAC, M4A and WAVE formats are distributed via torrents through tracker.nin.com. All formats include a PDF file with artwork and credits, all songs include individual track art and lyrics embedded. All files are 100% DRM-free.
 
The FLAC, M4A and WAVE formats are distributed via torrents through tracker.nin.com. All formats include a PDF file with artwork and credits, all songs include individual track art and lyrics embedded. All files are 100% DRM-free.
  
===Physical product===
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===Physical Product===
''The Slip'' will be available as a physical product in CD and vinyl formats. The 6 panel digipak will be limited to 250,000 pieces worldwide, each individually numbered, and will include a DVD of NIN performing five live tracks from ''The Slip'' at rehearsals, a 24-page booklet, and an exclusive sticker pack. The CD is to be released July 22, 2008 in the US and Canada, and released July 21, 2008 in the UK and Europe.
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''The Slip'' is available as a physical product in CD and vinyl formats. The 6 panel digipak is limited to 250,000 pieces worldwide, each individually numbered, and includes a DVD of NIN performing five live tracks from ''The Slip'' at rehearsals, a 24-page booklet, and an exclusive sticker pack. It was released on July 22, 2008 in the US and Canada, and on July 21, 2008 in the UK and Europe.
  
 
Originally, the physical product was intended to be released on July 22, 2008 in the US, Canada, and Japan as a numbered, CD/DVD package, limited to 250,000 units with the UK, Europe, and Australian unnumbered editions to be released on July 21, 2008, with the same content as the North American and Japanese editions. It is not known at this time why the decision was made for the numbers produced to be reduced.
 
Originally, the physical product was intended to be released on July 22, 2008 in the US, Canada, and Japan as a numbered, CD/DVD package, limited to 250,000 units with the UK, Europe, and Australian unnumbered editions to be released on July 21, 2008, with the same content as the North American and Japanese editions. It is not known at this time why the decision was made for the numbers produced to be reduced.
  
The double gatefold vinyl release contains one 180-gram LP and a 24-page booklet. Unlike the CD release, the vinyl is not numbered. It will be released in the US and Canada on august 5th, 2008, and in the UK and Europe on August 4th, 2008.
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The double gatefold vinyl release contains one 180-gram LP and a 24-page booklet. Unlike the CD release, the vinyl is not numbered. It was released in the US and Canada on august 5th, 2008, and in the UK and Europe on August 4th, 2008.
  
On July 16, 2008, [[Trent Reznor]] posted two images of the physical product on nin.com. The post was entitled "The Beginning and the End." The first image shows him holding two copies of the album, hiding his face behind them. The second image shows the backs of both CDs. The one in back reads 1/250,000 and the one in front reads 250,000/250,000.
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On July 16, 2008, Reznor posted two images of the physical product on nin.com. The post was entitled "The Beginning and the End". The first image shows him holding two copies of the album, hiding his face behind them. The second image shows the backs of both CDs. The one in back reads 1/250,000 and the one in front reads 250,000/250,000.
  
The Limited Edition CD comes with 3 stickers included are 4" x 4" and depicts one of the 10 illustrations for the songs.
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The Limited Edition also comes with three 4" x 4" stickers, each representing one of 9 illustrations to album songs (printed in booklet or individually embedded in distributed media files), with the difference that none of the stickers have the red lines. The stickers appear in consistent order, which allowed community to dub them 1st, 2nd and 3rd sticker packs and create The Slip Owners Database [http://theslip.apocalyptech.com].
  
====Third Disc====
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The cover of the insert is a new piece of artwork that depicts several light gray lines on a dark background (the same color as the one for 1,000,000).  Five lines, two on the ends and three in the middle, all travel straight downward from the top edge to the bottom. Two more lines, in between the three middle and two outside, on each side, start straight downward, then slant inward, then travel straight downward parallel to the other lines before they would intersect the ones in the middle.  These lines combined form the usual NIN logo (second "N" being backwards).
On Amazon US, ''The Slip'' is described as having three discs. A user named as Ronaldo Jones posted under the discussion "Hidden Disc" that there is a third disc, a CD, with more studio tracks named "The Take Over." This is, however, just a rumour.
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When asked to verify the product info, Amazon.com customer service replied with the following: "I understand that it is listed as 2 disc, 6 panel digipak in other websites and it is listed as 3 discs on our website. The only information we can give you about a particular CD is what is displayed on the detail page for that particular music title."
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====Third Disc & 11th Track====
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There was some confusion about the physical release, mostly due to information on Amazon.com (US) and other online retailers. The product description indicated the release included three discs which were rumored to include an unreleased or “hidden disc” of unreleased studio tracks entitled “The Take Over”. Later on, the track listing on the site was updated to show 11 tracks. The 11th track was entitled “Slip”.  
  
No further clarification was given. It is possible that they are counting the sticker pack as a disc. At some point, Amazon US was updated to show 2 discs.
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All of this was clarified as rumor and error when the official release information was posted on July 21, 2008 at [http://theslip.nin.com/physical/ theslip.nin.com/physical]
 
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The images posted on nin.com on July 16, 2008 show the label on the album which reads "limted edition CD + DVD". It is difficult to make out the smaller print, but it doesn't appear to give any further clues to a 3rd disc.
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Some copies of ''The Slip'' began to ship on July 21, 2008. The only discs included are the audio CD and the live rehearsal DVD.
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=====11th Track=====
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Amazon.com (US) shows the CD having 11 tracks in the track listed. The 11th track in entitled "Slip." This may be an error much like the apparent 3rd disc.
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As with the mystery of the third disc, there seems to be no 11th track, just the 10 that come with the download.
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==Track Listing==
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#"[[999,999]]" - 1:25
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#"[[1,000,000]]" - 3:56
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#"[[Letting You]]" - 3:49
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#"[[Discipline]]" - 4:19
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#"[[Echoplex]]" - 4:45
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#"[[Head Down]]" - 4:55
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#"[[Lights In The Sky (song)|Lights In The Sky]]" - 3:29
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#"[[Corona Radiata]]" - 7:33
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#"[[The Four Of Us Are Dying]]" - 4:37
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#"[[Demon Seed]]" - 4:59
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Full length: 43:45
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==DVD Track Listing==
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#"1,000,000"
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#"Letting You"
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#"Discipline"
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#"Echoplex"
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#"Head Down"
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Full Length: 21:17
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==Album Credits==
 
==Album Credits==
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*Mixed by Alan Moulder
 
*Mixed by Alan Moulder
 
*Programmed by Atticus Ross
 
*Programmed by Atticus Ross
*Engineered by [[Michael Tuller]], Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder
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*Engineered by Michael Tuller, Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder
 
*Mastered by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, California
 
*Mastered by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, California
  
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*Hair: Cori Bardo
 
*Hair: Cori Bardo
  
*Project coordination: [[Brett Bachemin]]
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*Project coordination: Brett Bachemin
 
*Assistance: Alynn Dotson
 
*Assistance: Alynn Dotson
 
*Management: Rebel Waltz
 
*Management: Rebel Waltz
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*The Null Corporation Europe: Didi Parlevliet
 
*The Null Corporation Europe: Didi Parlevliet
 
*Published by: Form And Texture (ASCAP)
 
*Published by: Form And Texture (ASCAP)
*Label: The Null Corporation
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*Label: [[The Null Corporation]]
  
 
© 2008 NIN
 
© 2008 NIN
  
  
*Thank you: Bob Morelli, Alan Becker, Danny Buch and everyone at Red; Digidesign; Elena Dickstein and Preferred Travel; Jeffrey Ehrenberg and Vintage King; Jeffrey Jorton and Native Instruments; Paul J. Cox Studio Systems; Phillip Scholes and SSL; Rockit Cargo; Roger Cordell and Big City Music; Ross Garfield and Drum Doctors; Shawn Cleary and Analogue Haven; Shivaun O’Brien and Sound City Studios; Sudjam; Topspin Media Inc.; West L.A. Music
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*Thank you: Bob Morelli, Alan Becker, Danny Buch and everyone at Red; Digidesign; Elena Dickstein and Preferred Travel; Jeffrey Ehrenberg and Vintage King; Jeffrey Horton and Native Instruments; Paul J. Cox Studio Systems; Phillip Scholes and SSL; Rockit Cargo; Roger Cordell and Big City Music; Ross Garfield and Drum Doctors; Shawn Cleary and Analogue Haven; Shivaun O’Brien and Sound City Studios; Sudjam; Topspin Media Inc.; West L.A. Music
  
 
*Thank you (continued): Bruno Bondanelli, Candy Soo, Chris Whitemyer, Christina Lum, Craig Johnston, David Phillips, Irina Volodarsky, Jeff Davis, Jeff Masud, Jessica Trento, John Coleman, Josh Smith, June Munsinger, Karen Ciccone, Kelly Jao, Marie Lewis, [[Rich Fownes]], Ross Rosen, Shamal Ranasinghe, Sherri Durrell, Tamar Levine, Zia Modabber
 
*Thank you (continued): Bruno Bondanelli, Candy Soo, Chris Whitemyer, Christina Lum, Craig Johnston, David Phillips, Irina Volodarsky, Jeff Davis, Jeff Masud, Jessica Trento, John Coleman, Josh Smith, June Munsinger, Karen Ciccone, Kelly Jao, Marie Lewis, [[Rich Fownes]], Ross Rosen, Shamal Ranasinghe, Sherri Durrell, Tamar Levine, Zia Modabber
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*Directed and edited by Rob Sheridan
 
*Directed and edited by Rob Sheridan
  
*[[Letting You]], [[Head Down]], and [[Discipline]] mixed by Blumpy
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*"Letting You", "Head Down", and "Discipline" mixed by Blumpy
*[[1,000,000]] and [[Echoplex]] mixed by Ken Andrews at Red Swan Studios
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*"1,000,000" and "Echoplex" mixed by Ken Andrews at Red Swan Studios
  
 
*Production Manager: Mark Demarais
 
*Production Manager: Mark Demarais
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Prior to the album's release, a message was posted on [[nin.com]], simply stating "2 weeks!". The previous time the same message had been posted on the site had been to forbear the release of ''Ghosts I-IV''. Two tracks, "Discipline" and "Echoplex", were also released through radio and the internet respectively, both containing the message "go to www.nin.com May 5" in their ID3 tags.  
 
Prior to the album's release, a message was posted on [[nin.com]], simply stating "2 weeks!". The previous time the same message had been posted on the site had been to forbear the release of ''Ghosts I-IV''. Two tracks, "Discipline" and "Echoplex", were also released through radio and the internet respectively, both containing the message "go to www.nin.com May 5" in their ID3 tags.  
  
On May 5th, nin.com was updated with the title [[Halo numbers|Halo 27]] and a link to [[theslip.nin.com]] with the message:
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On May 5th, nin.com was updated with the title [[Halo numbers|Halo 27]] and a link to [[theslip.nin.com]] with the message: [http://ninblogs.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/halo-27/]
"(thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one’s on me)"
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<blockquote>(thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one’s on me)</blockquote>
  
 
The album site requires a password to be submitted where the link to the download page can be sent to. The site itself states:
 
The album site requires a password to be submitted where the link to the download page can be sent to. The site itself states:
"as a thank you to our fans for your continued support, we are giving away the new nine inch nails album one hundred percent free,
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<blockquote>as a thank you to our fans for your continued support, we are giving away the new nine inch nails album '''one hundred percent free''', exclusively via nin.com.</blockquote>
exclusively via nin.com."<br>
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<blockquote>we encourage you to [http://remix.nin.com/ remix] it, share it with your friends, post it on your blog, play it on your [[podcasts|podcast]], give it to strangers, etc.</blockquote>
"we encourage you to remix it, share it with your friends, post it on your blog, play it on your podcast, give it to strangers, etc."
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[[Multitracks]] for the songs were then posted for download from [[remix.nin.com]]
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According to a [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/20818072/nin_release_free_album_online Rolling Stone article], the album was finished May 4th and sent to Sudjam, the company that manages nin.com, at 9:30 p.m. for a midnight release.
 
According to a [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/20818072/nin_release_free_album_online Rolling Stone article], the album was finished May 4th and sent to Sudjam, the company that manages nin.com, at 9:30 p.m. for a midnight release.
  
In a [[nin.com]] update on June 26th, 2008, it was reported that since the album's release on May 5th, 2008, over 1,400,000 people had downloaded ''The Slip'' from theslip.nin.com. That number represents individual people, and excludes multiple downloads from the same order.  
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In a nin.com update on June 26th, 2008, it was reported that since the album's release on May 5th, 2008, over 1,400,000 people had downloaded ''The Slip'' from theslip.nin.com. That number represents individual people, and excludes multiple downloads from the same order.
  
== Relation to Year Zero ==
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==Multitracks==
Like ''[[Ghosts I-IV]]'', the release of ''The Slip'' came as a surprise to most fans, who were expecting the next release to be a "''Year Zero 2''". Trent Reznor has indicated in interviews since the release that a ''[[Year Zero]]'' sequels was still in the works.
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The [[Multitracks|multitracks]] for the single "Discipline" were made available on [[remix.nin.com]] at the same time it was released as a free download. Multitracks for the remaining songs on ''The Slip'' were made available on May 5, 2008 as a free download from remix.nin.com.
  
It remains unclear what portions, if any, of ''The Slip'' should be considered as canon in the Year Zero storyline.  Aside from from [[Art Is Resistance]] logo in the artwork for "[[Letting You]]", there are no clear direct references characters or events in Year Zero. Many of tracks do share similar themes, such as abuse of power ("Letting You"), an avatar of destruction ("[[Demon Seed]]"), submission to authority ("[[Head Down]]"), imprisonment ("[[Echoplex]]") and the appearance of entities in the sky ("[[Lights In The Sky]]").  Other songs, however, like "[[1,000,000]]" and "[[Discipline]]", seem completely unrelated and feature more "traditional" NIN themes of personal turmoil.
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==Touring==
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''For more information, see [[Lights In The Sky Tour]]''
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The album (as well as ''Ghosts I-IV'', which was released the same year) was supported by a tour that visited North and South America.  This tour was notable for having the most ambitious production of any NIN tour up to that point, using groundbreaking lighting and video technology.  The middle portion of the set, referred to as the "Ghosts" portion, utilized some of that album's unorthodox (for NIN) instrumentation such as marimba, banjo and small percussion.
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== Relation to ''Year Zero'' ==
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Like ''Ghosts I–IV'', the release of ''The Slip'' came as a surprise to most fans, who were expecting the next release to be a continuation of ''[[Year Zero]]''Reznor has indicated in interviews since the release that a ''Year Zero'' sequel was still in the works.
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Aside from [[Art Is Resistance]] logo in the artwork for "Letting You", there are no clear, direct references to characters or events in ''Year Zero''. Some tracks share similar themes, such as abuse of power ("Letting You"), an avatar of destruction ("Demon Seed"), submission to authority ("Head Down"), imprisonment ("Echoplex") and the appearance of entities in the sky ("Lights In The Sky").  Other songs, however, like "1,000,000" and "Discipline", seem completely unrelated and feature more "traditional" NIN themes of personal turmoil. It remains unclear which portions, if any, of ''The Slip'' should be considered canon in the ''Year Zero'' storyline.
  
 
==Miscellanea==
 
==Miscellanea==
 
The high quality wave download torrent includes a subdirectory named "The Slip art", containing JPEG images. However, the file "02-1000000.jpg", has an incorrect file extension. This is actually an Adobe Photoshop CS3 (Macintosh version) file with a single layer and no significant meta information attached.
 
The high quality wave download torrent includes a subdirectory named "The Slip art", containing JPEG images. However, the file "02-1000000.jpg", has an incorrect file extension. This is actually an Adobe Photoshop CS3 (Macintosh version) file with a single layer and no significant meta information attached.
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According to a [http://sound.jp/hardlistening/interviews/modwheelmood2_1.html Japanese interview] with [[modwheelmood]], the hand on the cover of ''The Slip'' is that of Alessandro Cortini, while the shoulder is Reznor's. Cortini also states that he did not actually play anything on the studio album, though his performances are included on the rehearsal DVD.
  
 
There also seems to be a mistake in the wave files; The track "The Four Of Us Are Dying" is mistitled "Demon Seed" and vice versa.
 
There also seems to be a mistake in the wave files; The track "The Four Of Us Are Dying" is mistitled "Demon Seed" and vice versa.
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
 
*[http://theslip.nin.com theslip.nin.com]
 
*[http://theslip.nin.com theslip.nin.com]
*[http://www.ilike.com/artist/Nine+Inch+Nails Streaming audio at iLike]
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*[http://portraitofdecay.net/theslip.nin.com theslip.nin.com] archived at Portrait of Decay
 
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*[http://nincatalog.com/the-slip/ ''The Slip'' at nincatalog.com]
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*[http://theslip.apocalyptech.com Un-official The Slip owners database]
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*[http://dl.nin.com/kml/slip_dls.kml Google Earth KML file] to show worldwide download stats
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*[http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26x%3D0%26ref_%3Dnb%5Fsb%5Fnoss%26y%3D0%26field-keywords%3Dnine%2520inch%2520nails%2520the%2520slip%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps&tag=thniinnawi-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957 ''The Slip'' at Amazon]
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*[http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=9&pub=5574848848&toolid=10001&campid=5336384580&customid=&icep_uq=nine+inch+nails+the+slip&icep_sellerId=&icep_ex_kw=&icep_sortBy=12&icep_catId=&icep_minPrice=&icep_maxPrice=&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg ''The Slip'' at eBay]
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Halo 27: The Slip
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The Slip (also known as Halo 27) is the eighth studio album from Nine Inch Nails. It was released as a free download on May 5, 2008, a CD/DVD package on July 22, 2008 and a vinyl on August 4th, 2008.

The album is available for download in a variety of formats, including MP3, lossless FLAC and high-quality WAV files. When playing the MP3 files in an MP3 player a different piece of artwork is displayed for each song, as was the case with Ghosts I–IV.

While Trent Reznor is known for laboring over his music for years at a time, The Slip was written and recorded in just three weeks.[1] The album was originally intended to be an EP, but quickly grew to album length.[2]

Track Listing

CD/DVD

CD
  1. "999,999" - 1:25
  2. "1,000,000" - 3:56
  3. "Letting You" - 3:49
  4. "Discipline" - 4:19
  5. "Echoplex" - 4:45
  6. "Head Down" - 4:55
  7. "Lights In The Sky" - 3:29
  8. "Corona Radiata" - 7:33
  9. "The Four Of Us Are Dying" - 4:37
  10. "Demon Seed" - 4:59
DVD
  1. "1,000,000" (Live Rehearsal) - 4:12
  2. "Letting You" (Live Rehearsal) - 3:57
  3. "Discipline" (Live Rehearsal) - 4:12
  4. "Echoplex" (Live Rehearsal) - 4:51
  5. "Head Down" (Live Rehearsal) - 4:04

12" Vinyl

     A1  "999,999" - 1:25
     A2  "1,000,000" - 3:56
     A3  "Letting You" - 3:49
     A4  "Discipline" - 4:19
     A5  "Echoplex" - 4:45

     B1  "Head Down" - 4:55
     B2  "Lights In The Sky" - 3:29
     B3  "Corona Radiata" - 7:33
     B4  "The Four Of Us Are Dying" - 4:37
     B5  "Demon Seed" - 4:59

Formats

Downloads

  • High-quality MP3s (87 mb), encoded with LAME at V0, fully tagged.
  • FLAC lossless (259 mb)
  • FLAC high definition 24/96 (942 mb), better-than-CD-quality 24bit 96kHz audio
  • M4A Apple Lossless (263 mb)
  • High definition WAVE 24/96 (1.2 gb), better-than-CD-quality 24bit 96kHz audio

The FLAC, M4A and WAVE formats are distributed via torrents through tracker.nin.com. All formats include a PDF file with artwork and credits, all songs include individual track art and lyrics embedded. All files are 100% DRM-free.

Physical Product

The Slip is available as a physical product in CD and vinyl formats. The 6 panel digipak is limited to 250,000 pieces worldwide, each individually numbered, and includes a DVD of NIN performing five live tracks from The Slip at rehearsals, a 24-page booklet, and an exclusive sticker pack. It was released on July 22, 2008 in the US and Canada, and on July 21, 2008 in the UK and Europe.

Originally, the physical product was intended to be released on July 22, 2008 in the US, Canada, and Japan as a numbered, CD/DVD package, limited to 250,000 units with the UK, Europe, and Australian unnumbered editions to be released on July 21, 2008, with the same content as the North American and Japanese editions. It is not known at this time why the decision was made for the numbers produced to be reduced.

The double gatefold vinyl release contains one 180-gram LP and a 24-page booklet. Unlike the CD release, the vinyl is not numbered. It was released in the US and Canada on august 5th, 2008, and in the UK and Europe on August 4th, 2008.

On July 16, 2008, Reznor posted two images of the physical product on nin.com. The post was entitled "The Beginning and the End". The first image shows him holding two copies of the album, hiding his face behind them. The second image shows the backs of both CDs. The one in back reads 1/250,000 and the one in front reads 250,000/250,000.

The Limited Edition also comes with three 4" x 4" stickers, each representing one of 9 illustrations to album songs (printed in booklet or individually embedded in distributed media files), with the difference that none of the stickers have the red lines. The stickers appear in consistent order, which allowed community to dub them 1st, 2nd and 3rd sticker packs and create The Slip Owners Database [3].

The cover of the insert is a new piece of artwork that depicts several light gray lines on a dark background (the same color as the one for 1,000,000). Five lines, two on the ends and three in the middle, all travel straight downward from the top edge to the bottom. Two more lines, in between the three middle and two outside, on each side, start straight downward, then slant inward, then travel straight downward parallel to the other lines before they would intersect the ones in the middle. These lines combined form the usual NIN logo (second "N" being backwards).

Third Disc & 11th Track

There was some confusion about the physical release, mostly due to information on Amazon.com (US) and other online retailers. The product description indicated the release included three discs which were rumored to include an unreleased or “hidden disc” of unreleased studio tracks entitled “The Take Over”. Later on, the track listing on the site was updated to show 11 tracks. The 11th track was entitled “Slip”.

All of this was clarified as rumor and error when the official release information was posted on July 21, 2008 at theslip.nin.com/physical

Album Credits

  • Written by Trent Reznor
  • Performed by Trent Reznor, Josh Freese, Robin Finck and Alessandro Cortini
  • Produced by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder
  • Mixed by Alan Moulder
  • Programmed by Atticus Ross
  • Engineered by Michael Tuller, Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder
  • Mastered by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, California
  • Room tuning: Steve “Coco” Brandon
  • Art direction: Rob Sheridan and Trent Reznor
  • Cover styling: Amy Hall
  • Hair: Cori Bardo
  • Project coordination: Brett Bachemin
  • Assistance: Alynn Dotson
  • Management: Rebel Waltz
  • Business management: William Harper and Michael Walsh for Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman
  • Legal: Gary Stiffelman and David Byrnes
  • World wide booking: Marc Geiger for William Morris Agency
  • Press [us]: Steve Martin (Nasty Little Man)
  • Press [uk]: Frances McCahon (RMP)
  • The Null Corporation Europe: Didi Parlevliet
  • Published by: Form And Texture (ASCAP)
  • Label: The Null Corporation

© 2008 NIN


  • Thank you: Bob Morelli, Alan Becker, Danny Buch and everyone at Red; Digidesign; Elena Dickstein and Preferred Travel; Jeffrey Ehrenberg and Vintage King; Jeffrey Horton and Native Instruments; Paul J. Cox Studio Systems; Phillip Scholes and SSL; Rockit Cargo; Roger Cordell and Big City Music; Ross Garfield and Drum Doctors; Shawn Cleary and Analogue Haven; Shivaun O’Brien and Sound City Studios; Sudjam; Topspin Media Inc.; West L.A. Music
  • Thank you (continued): Bruno Bondanelli, Candy Soo, Chris Whitemyer, Christina Lum, Craig Johnston, David Phillips, Irina Volodarsky, Jeff Davis, Jeff Masud, Jessica Trento, John Coleman, Josh Smith, June Munsinger, Karen Ciccone, Kelly Jao, Marie Lewis, Rich Fownes, Ross Rosen, Shamal Ranasinghe, Sherri Durrell, Tamar Levine, Zia Modabber

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

More information: www.creativecommons.org

Video Content:

  • nine inch nails live: Alessandro Cortini, Robin Finck, Josh Freese, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Trent Reznor
  • Produced by Michael Angelos
  • Directed and edited by Rob Sheridan
  • "Letting You", "Head Down", and "Discipline" mixed by Blumpy
  • "1,000,000" and "Echoplex" mixed by Ken Andrews at Red Swan Studios
  • Production Manager: Mark Demarais
  • Director of Photography: Simon Thirlaway
  • Camera Operators: Simon Thirlaway, Rob Sheridan, Hilton Goring, Dan Bombell, Ethan McDonald
  • Mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering, Hollywood, CA
  • DVD media services by Broadness, NYC.

[www.nin.com]

Release

Prior to the album's release, a message was posted on nin.com, simply stating "2 weeks!". The previous time the same message had been posted on the site had been to forbear the release of Ghosts I-IV. Two tracks, "Discipline" and "Echoplex", were also released through radio and the internet respectively, both containing the message "go to www.nin.com May 5" in their ID3 tags.

On May 5th, nin.com was updated with the title Halo 27 and a link to theslip.nin.com with the message: [4]

(thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one’s on me)

The album site requires a password to be submitted where the link to the download page can be sent to. The site itself states:

as a thank you to our fans for your continued support, we are giving away the new nine inch nails album one hundred percent free, exclusively via nin.com.
we encourage you to remix it, share it with your friends, post it on your blog, play it on your podcast, give it to strangers, etc.

According to a Rolling Stone article, the album was finished May 4th and sent to Sudjam, the company that manages nin.com, at 9:30 p.m. for a midnight release.

In a nin.com update on June 26th, 2008, it was reported that since the album's release on May 5th, 2008, over 1,400,000 people had downloaded The Slip from theslip.nin.com. That number represents individual people, and excludes multiple downloads from the same order.

Multitracks

The multitracks for the single "Discipline" were made available on remix.nin.com at the same time it was released as a free download. Multitracks for the remaining songs on The Slip were made available on May 5, 2008 as a free download from remix.nin.com.

Touring

For more information, see Lights In The Sky Tour

The album (as well as Ghosts I-IV, which was released the same year) was supported by a tour that visited North and South America. This tour was notable for having the most ambitious production of any NIN tour up to that point, using groundbreaking lighting and video technology. The middle portion of the set, referred to as the "Ghosts" portion, utilized some of that album's unorthodox (for NIN) instrumentation such as marimba, banjo and small percussion.

Relation to Year Zero

Like Ghosts I–IV, the release of The Slip came as a surprise to most fans, who were expecting the next release to be a continuation of Year Zero. Reznor has indicated in interviews since the release that a Year Zero sequel was still in the works.

Aside from Art Is Resistance logo in the artwork for "Letting You", there are no clear, direct references to characters or events in Year Zero. Some tracks share similar themes, such as abuse of power ("Letting You"), an avatar of destruction ("Demon Seed"), submission to authority ("Head Down"), imprisonment ("Echoplex") and the appearance of entities in the sky ("Lights In The Sky"). Other songs, however, like "1,000,000" and "Discipline", seem completely unrelated and feature more "traditional" NIN themes of personal turmoil. It remains unclear which portions, if any, of The Slip should be considered canon in the Year Zero storyline.

Miscellanea

The high quality wave download torrent includes a subdirectory named "The Slip art", containing JPEG images. However, the file "02-1000000.jpg", has an incorrect file extension. This is actually an Adobe Photoshop CS3 (Macintosh version) file with a single layer and no significant meta information attached.

According to a Japanese interview with modwheelmood, the hand on the cover of The Slip is that of Alessandro Cortini, while the shoulder is Reznor's. Cortini also states that he did not actually play anything on the studio album, though his performances are included on the rehearsal DVD.

There also seems to be a mistake in the wave files; The track "The Four Of Us Are Dying" is mistitled "Demon Seed" and vice versa.

The final page of the PDF gives credit to "(c) 2008 niin." This appears to be a typographical error.

Audiophile message board Hydrogen Audio noticed mastering errors on the 24/96 high-def WAVs, which was followed by posters "ningineer" and "treznor" who wrote that they had recontacted the mastering studio and released the WAVs in addition to high-def FLACs.[5] On May 15th the nin.com Halo 27 blog post was edited with the message: "Some friends at hydrogenaudio pointed out an error with the high resolution WAVE files we didn't catch. The corrected files are now posted along with high resolution FLAC files as well. If you're interested in these, simply re-download the new files. Sorry for the hassle!"

A Google Earth KML file representing downloads of The Slip according to geographic region was made available from nin.com on June 26th, displaying over 1,400,000 downloads (not including multiple downloads) that had come from theslip.nin.com.

External Links

Discography
Previous release - "Ghosts I–IV" Halo number: 27 Next release - "Hesitation Marks"
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