Skimming through my feed reader, I see that I missed something important: R.E.M. have gone a step further than Radiohead’s approach to their In Rainbows album, which was released online on a pay-as-you-like basis. Instead, R.E.M. have open-sourced the music video footage from their latest album, Accelerate.

The 11 MP4-format HD videos were released on Feb 13th – sort of an early Valentines gift to fans, I guess. The album itself doesn’t get released until April 1st. Go to their R.E.M. HQ site and you can listen to the first single Supernatural Superserious, as well as see the 11 new videos and several older videos.

Regarding Radiohead, I gave up in December trying to find a high-quality version of the downloads and bought the CD a couple of weeks ago. I’m also a long-time fan of R.E.M. so I’ll buy the CD, but I’m definitely going to check out the music videos to see if there’s some remixing ideas that pop into my head.