A few selections from the set, which consists primarily of alternate versions of songs from the album, as well as tunes that were not issued until years later, were released on the 20th anniversary reissue of the album, "OKNOTOK".
The files were recently stolen from Thom Yorke's archive, with the band deciding to push out the material through Bandcamp after the thief demanded they pay $150,000 for their return.
The minidisc tracks were recorded by frontman Thom Yorke, with a total of 18 tracks running to just less than 17 hours. "Instead of complaining - much - or ignoring it", Greenwood continued, the band members chose to upload the tracks to Bandcamp, where they will be accessible for the next 18 days. All proceeds from the sessions will go directly to Extinction Rebellion, described in a press release as "a socio-political movement which uses nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse".
The description of the large 1.8GB collection contained on Radiohead's Bandcamp page further deemphasizes the importance of the material, contending its appeal extends only "until we all get bored and move on". According to a note that guitarist Jonny Greenwood posted on the band's Instagram this morning, they'll only be downloadable for the next 18 days, and will cost you £18 (or about $23 U.S.). And very, very long.
Get MINIDISCS [HACKED] for the next 18 days below. Not a phone download.