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New Smashing Pumpkins album [Sep. 16th, 2009|04:55 pm]
Billy Corgan

I'm happy to finally announce the plans for the new Smashing Pumpkins album.

Recording began yesterday, September 15th, 2009 on the new record which will be entitled 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope'. The album will feature 44 songs, 4 of which are now being recorded. 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.

We will however sell highly limited edition EP's (of 4 songs each times 11), and details of how those EP's will be made available are still being worked out. Because the songs themselves will be free, the EP's 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 EP's 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. 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.

When the entire album is finished, it will be compiled into a deluxe box set which will also be made available for sale. Those who have bought the EP's need not worry, as the box set will not be a recompilation of the limited edition pieces.

The story of the album is based on 'The Fool's Journey', as signified in the progress of the Tarot. It is my intention to approach this by breaking down the journey of our life here into four phases as made by these different characters; the Child, the Fool, the Skeptic, and the Mystic.

The music of 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope' harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins: atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty.

I already have 53 songs written for the record, so I am quite confident that I already have much of the material that I would need to undertake such an extensive project. 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.

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[User Picture]From: leelah
2009-09-16 09:26 pm (UTC)
holy shit.

not going to lie, i am nothing but extremely excited by this news. everything about it. wow.

i can't wait.
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[User Picture]From: om_shakti
2009-09-16 09:29 pm (UTC)
I am so excited for the new songs, and I absolutely love & appreciate your philosophy towards releasing it! Thank you thank you!

Also love the tarot connection- should be interesting!!
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[User Picture]From: merli
2009-09-16 09:53 pm (UTC)
Wow I'm amazed by the number of songs planned. Here's hoping it'll be as good as your old standards. I've been hoping for something I can really sink my teeth into again!
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[User Picture]From: common_nocturne
2009-09-16 10:26 pm (UTC)
That sounds really nice? ... but I don't personally understand why Billy would give away 44 songs for free. I mean, billy needs to eat too, right? And I want billy to eat. And it's his sweat and blood that went into the music, no? I guess I just don't understand the music industry anymore. Fans should neither demand free music, nor should artists supply it, at least not on such a vast scale as 44 songs.
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[User Picture]From: merli
2009-09-16 10:56 pm (UTC)
You have the option to support him as I assume a number of people will. He's releasing EPS and a full album set later.
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[User Picture]From: willdevine
2009-09-16 10:32 pm (UTC)
Hmm, interesting. Freely available music is good, of course. I hope the "deluxe box set" will be something akin to a double/triple/quadruple (whatever is appropriate) album. I think I just want a somewhat affordable official release, since my guess is that the cost of eleven EPs would add up to mucho dinero in the end.
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[User Picture]From: niyabinghi
2009-09-16 10:34 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to it!
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[User Picture]From: gallius
2009-09-16 11:25 pm (UTC)
Hell yeah! \m/ \m/
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[User Picture]From: intothedepths
2009-09-16 11:31 pm (UTC)
looking foreward to hearing it when it is released
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[User Picture]From: metanoia_cw
2009-09-17 01:58 am (UTC)
That is very generous! Takes me back to a time when I sent off blank CDs to the official fansite and received my very own Machina II back in the mail thanks to your generousity.
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[User Picture]From: spinkedzzz
2009-09-17 04:49 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: corwin_1979
2009-09-17 04:59 am (UTC)
it's great Billy!!!
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[User Picture]From: dith
2009-09-17 05:34 am (UTC)
oh lordy lordy lordy! not only is the concept album centered around Tarot and the story of the Fool - but you are bringing back the old psychedlic vibe. thank you thank you thank you, look forward to it much!!!!! rock out god please!
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[User Picture]From: dith
2009-09-17 05:35 am (UTC)
billy you are nuts! 53 songs written already!?
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From: ext_207335
2009-09-17 05:47 am (UTC)
Mr. Corgan,

I really admire your open-mindedness regarding the creation and distribution of music. Your efforts are unique, and you're an extremely forward-looking artist. Your true fans appreciate it and will be showing up to see your concerts as soon as you finish the album.
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From: vika_sinika
2009-09-17 07:14 am (UTC)
Wow! Great news!

How about touring? More precisely - touring in Eastern Europe?
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