As a fan of the band Radiohead, I was excited at the prospect of hearing and downloading their 8th and newest musical release, King of Limbs, named after a famous oak in the Savernake forest near the studio where In Rainbows was recorded. This album was initially released for download — not via iTunes but through the band’s own site.

The previous release, In Rainbows, offered a ‘pay what you can’ model, some people paid nothing, some paid .99 cents some paid 9.99. In addition to this they offered a limited edition digital and physical collectors album at around £70. This time around they have offered
King of Limbs as a digital download, mp3(£6) or wav(£9) but at a fixed price format.

Again, as with In Rainbows, Radiohead are offering the listener a more tactile audio experience. In addition to the opportunity to download the music directly from the artist, you can order the ‘Newspaper’ edition which includes 2 vinyl albums, a CD, large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together. Now this is the way I remember the album art experience.

More touch, more thought more connection with a band you love.
In a time when we are promoting the dematerialization of products and goods, I have found myself reconnecting to a band and their music.
I am more connected through this digital/physical experience. I find myself becoming more than just a listener of their music. I am a fan
all over again.

Ian Chalmers

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