Thom Yorke may have recently scuttled his band Atoms for Peace's relationship with Spotify. But that doesn't mean he's not interested in trying new digital ways to get his music into fans' hands.
Atoms for Peace says it'll upload live performances from two of its upcoming shows at London's Roundhouse in nearly real time on the burgeoning platform Soundhalo. The service, previously used by acts such as Alt-J, is designed to deliver high-quality video and sound taken from the live mix, delivered seconds after each song's performance.
Individual songs from the sets, on July 25 and 26, will run for (in U.K. figures) 99 pence per track or £9.99 for the whole set.
The motivation for the broadcast came about, in part, because the band was tired of the Internet being flooded with bad cellphone clips after shows.
"I found myself wondering why, whenever you go to a gig, the next day there are a million shaky, horrible-sounding YouTube videos already online," Atoms for Peace's Nigel Godrich told the Independent newspaper. "But you go and look because you want to see something of your experience."
The announcement comes after the high-profile defection of Atoms for Peace (and Godrich's other band, Ultraista) from the popular streaming service Spotify over concerns that younger artists weren't being paid fairly.