Published Sep 16, 2009If we didn't already have enough crazy ideas from the mind of Billy Corgan, today (September 16th) he announced on his website that the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins album will be a 44-song endeavour called Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. Yup, that's right: 44 tracks.
Apparently the plan is to begin releasing four-track EPs around Halloween for a total of 11 EPs, or what Corgan calls "mini-box sets." There will be some physical versions of the releases but if you don't care about packaging and art and all that, the Smashing Pumpkins record will be completely free, "no strings attached," says Corgan.
Here, let's just let the Pumpkin explain:
Recording began yesterday, September 15th, 2009 on the new record which will be entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. The album will feature 44 songs, four 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.
And you thought Mellon Collie was big and ambitious!