Rocker Thom Yorke is attempting to take advantage of the popularity of downloading website BitTorrent.com by releasing his first solo album in eight years via the company.

The Radiohead frontman and his producer Nigel Godrich have decided to shun traditional release methods for Tomorrow's Modern Boxes and surprise fans by offering up the eight new songs to BitTorrent users at a cost of $6 (£3.75) - making the project the Internet's first paid-for music torrent.

In a statement released on Friday (26Sep14), Yorke and Godrich write, "As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record...

"It's an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around...

"If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done."

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes was made available for paid download immediately after the announcement.

Torrent websites have long been associated with online piracy as the software allows users to share and download music, movies and Tv shows quickly and easily.

Yorke is no stranger to non-traditional music releases - he and his Radiohead bandmates used an 'honesty box' system for In Rainbows in 2007, allowing fans to pay what they liked for the record, while they released their 2010 album as a direct download to fans days before physical copies hit retailers.