Monday, May 3, 2010

The NIN Drive Project - NIN Drive [Live recordings from 89-09]

Here's a link to something I'm looking forward to contributing to:,1066910,1070390#msg-1070390

Here's a quote from the post:
NIN DRIVE READY FOR LAUNCH!!!!! - 04/29/2010:

After Dassarri recieved the NIN Drive he worked crazily on it to get the first inital drive ready to start this project. Very excited to get this underway, here is a message from Dassarri, it covers the whole project for more info check out the drive page as well;

Dassarri: Hello all!

I haven't posted anything in a long while, in part because I've been so actively busy with all things NIN Drive. Bad news for my free time, but hopefully good news for all of you! The initial NIN Drive is just about ready and consists of roughly 300 gigs of live audio recordings from 1989 to 2009. Ryan and I have been spending a lot of time thinking about and talking through the finer points of the Drive and we'd like to share some of those with you.

1) Regarding videos: We absolutely plan on having video recordings be an integral part of the NIN Drive, but are holding off on that part of the project for now. The reasons are numerous, including that it will take much more time to accurately determine generation between various VHS and DVD copies. We would like to launch the project as soon as possible and thus will be only launching audio for now while we work on video.

2) Regarding membership: By no means do we intend to create an "@#$%&" network in which the privileged few get to enjoy an archived collection of all circulating NIN sources, but we also do not intend to spawn a group of leechers who simply wait for the next update and never contribute to the mission of the Drive Project. To balance these two extremes, there will be membership requirements which must be met to join the project and to remain a part in it. The details are still being worked out, but essentially come down to being an active part of the NIN collecting community. All members are expected to contribute to the drive by tracking down new sources, finding upgrades to existing sources, or finding evidence for correcting source information for recordings already on the drive. This will be done by a point system and, occasionally, we plan on posting "bounties" for especially slippery sources that need to be added to the drive. BY NO MEANS do you mean this process and these requirements to the be prohibitive in any way: anyone can join and remain a part of the NIN Drive Project. All you have to do is put in some work to keep it active!

3) Regarding torrents: The Drive wouldn't be where it is now if it weren't for torrents. It was great to see how many tapers decided to share their recordings through such sites as Dime A Dozen and Demonoid and torrents remain the fastest and easiest means of getting new sources. Torrents also, however, tend to alienate a lot of tapers and stress otherwise happy trading relationships. We highly (HIGHLY) discourage torrenting sources on the Drive unless YOU are the taper of the source (in which case you can obviously do as you please!). The Drive is intended as a live archive and trading tool, not a quick means to fix your Dime ratio. Any and all sources on the Drive should be used to trade for new items and upgrades: that's how the project grows.

4) Getting a drive: Seeing as the video part of the Project is on hold for now, the NIN Drive will take up approximately 300 gigabytes. As such, we would recommend you send in at least a 500 gigabyte hard drive to allow for substantial updates before needing to increase the size of your drive. For starters, Ryan and I will have identical copies of the NIN Drive and will be able to make copies for others. Simply send us the drive with return shipping and we'll get them back to you in a timely fashion. Conveniently (not so much for the initial drive, but it'll work out well for all of you), Ryan runs a Mac and I run a PC - thus you will simply have to ship your drive to him or me depending on your operating system and all will be well!

That's about it for now. We look forward to launching this project soon and hope you guys will enjoy it. And yes, to settle inevitable apprehensions, if you already contributed to the drive or are the taper of one or more sources on the drive, you will be given "credit" for the membership requirements. Like I said, we're still working out those details and just want to make sure that everyone stays active and involved and uses the NIN Drive as a trading tool to collect as many NIN sources as possible!


Look out for some SCREWFILMS video contributions!

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