That's one way to look at the new plan by Billy Corgan to distribute the Smashing Pumpkins' latest album. The other, of course, is that he just wants to share the gift of joyful tunes with the world.
The press release about the new album by the Pumpkins In Name Only follows the jump (because really, the stuff about the Tarot is too good to paraphrase).
From the Smashing Pumpkins publicity machine:
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR NEW ALBUM
'TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE,' TO BE ISSUED ONLINE FOR FREE
44 SONGS BASED ON THE TAROT'S 'THE FOOL'S JOURNEY'
11 EPs OF FOUR SONGS EACH AND DELUXE BOX SET WILL ALSO BE MADE AVAILABLE
"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," announced BILLY CORGAN about the forthcoming new album from THE SMASHING PUMPKINS in a posting on the band's website.
It will ultimately feature 44 songs, 4 of which are now being recorded. The entire collection--which CORGAN says "harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins; atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty"--should be completed by early next year with a world tour slated for spring 2010. Explains CORGAN about how the music will be issued:
"My desire is to release a song at a time beginning around Halloween of this year, with each new release coming shortly after until all 44 are out. Each song will be made available absolutely for free, to anyone anywhere. 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."
TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE, says CORGAN, "is based on 'The Fool's Journey,' as signified in the progress of the Tarot, the intention is to approach the work by breaking down the journey of life into four phases as made by different characters depicted in major arcana cards: the Child, the Fool, the Skeptic and the Mystic."
The music will not only be issued online, reveals CORGAN. "We will sell highly limited edition EPs (of 4 songs each times 11), and details of how those EPs will be made available are still being worked out. Because the songs themselves will be free, the EPs 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 EPs 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."
Upon the album's completion, explains CORGAN, "it will be compiled into a deluxe box set which will also be made available for sale. Those who have bought the EPs need not worry, as the box set will not be a recompilation of the limited edition pieces. "
Adds CORGAN: "I am very committed to seeing this album through to its completion and very, very excited about the prospect of delivering new Smashing Pumpkins music to you in a unique and exciting way."