Trent Reznor has offered a multitrack version of “Only” from the album
for download from
the Nine Inch Nails Web site. Like the previously released “The Hand That Feeds,” you can remix “Only” yourself using Apple’s GarageBand and other music-making software. The music file requires you to register before you can download it.
This is Reznor’s second effort to allow the general public to reinterpret his music their way since
was released. Earlier this year Reznor offered a GarageBand version of the album’s first single, “The Hand That Feeds.”
On his Web site, Reznor called the earlier effort “a resounding success,” and added “I’ve enjoyed and cringed at what you’ve done with my song. Thank you (I think).”
This time around, Reznor isn’t limiting the multitrack version of “Only” to GarageBand. He’s created Mac and Windows-compatible versions that work using Ableton Live and Digidesign Pro Tools. Windows users with Sony Acid can also download a version. The GarageBand version can be used with Apple’s pro-level music creation software Logic as well.
Reznor noted that “Only” and all the other music on
was originally created using Pro Tools. As a result, the Pro Tools version of the file is a bit different in that it “doesn’t start out ‘remixed’ in any way.” The Pro Tools version also includes some alternate parts and takes that were not included in the final version.
“Again, there is no agenda here other than for you to explore, experiment, and have fun with it,” wrote Reznor. “Depending on how this goes we may construct a more formal community for remix postings and/or possibly some sort of ‘official’ endorsement by means of an EP or something.”