Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst has released his first solo album for free.

The Australian musician is hosting The Sun Becomes the Sea on his website for fans to download free of charge.

The album has eleven tracks and fans can also purchase a Cd copy from just three different music stores in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia.

On his website, Hirst writes, "I wanted to record some new songs at an unhurried pace, at our local studio, then invite some brilliant players I know to drop by and add their magic. My daughters Lex and Gabriella also sang along with me on a couple of tracks - for the first time ever - and Gabriella kindly allowed me to 'borrow' her beautiful painted birds for the artwork. It all came together so well: the whole project has been joyful from the beginning to the end."

The star's move to release the album for free mirrors the collaboration between U2 and Apple last month (Sep14), when the Irish rock group's latest album was made available automatically to all iTunes users.