First piece of classical music sold on the blockchain for $375k - One-Time "Steemizen" involved in the sale - BBC Music Magazine: Classical Music

in Steem Links3 years ago (edited)

( June 3, 2021; BBC Music Magazine: Classical Music )

Check the bottom of this post for the connection to Steem

According to the school's Facebook post, the composer, Nicholas Reeves is a 2003 graduate from Westminster Choir College.

The first piece of classical music has been sold on the blockchain for $375,000. The piece was written by Texan composer Nicholas Reeves, who was first commissioned by the Verdigris Ensemble in 2018. The ensemble wanted to be the first classical music organisation to produce a work to be sold on the blockchain, which is a ledger of transactions made using bitcoin or other forms of cryptocurrency. The money raised from the sale will go back to the ensemble.

The 20-minute choral work is titled Betty’s Notebook and is based on 15-year-old Betty Klenck’s notes from what she believed to be Amelia Earhart’s signals coming through on her family’s shortwave radio. She wrote these sketches in 1937 in St Petersburg, Florida. Although her story has been dismissed, she maintained that it was a true account throughout her life.

Read the rest from BBC Music Magazine: Classical Music: First piece of classical music sold on the blockchain for $375k

You can learn more about the piece and listen to it on the Verdigris Ensemble's blog page, written by Sam Brukhman, who I assume conducted the performance.

In a "small world" coincidence, Brukhman is another Westminster grad (2015) - and amazingly - a one time Steemizen (I thought I recognized the name "Verdigris" from past blog entries when our #classical-music community was more active... seems that was right.)

 3 years ago 

It is amazing how well sold digital art is today, I recently read an article about an NFT design that cost 1 million dollars although I can't remember where I read it to send you the article, I think I should learn a little how to use Photoshop and learn more about NFT, we never know when our own creation can give us money as the main protagonist of this post and give a 360 degree turn to our life.

 3 years ago (edited)

Wow, that's pretty cool!
Time to go down the rabbit hole, and learn about how it was all set up.
I noticed from the article that the owners of the Stem NFTs control what the future audience hears, but you can buy a limited edition version of what it sounds like at the time of purchase before any stem owners change settings.
That's ones of the best executions of NFTs I've learned about so far.
I saw a headline in the last couple of days that NFTs are already "out", but something like this signals to me that there are so many more novel and creative ways they will be used.

Yeah, pretty amazing. I hadn't dug into the details yet. Now, I'm even more impressed. This is finally a use case for NFTs that makes sense to me. (FTR, that's "Stem NFT", not "Steem NFT".;-)

I followed links from Brukhnman's web site and found this, with more about the programmable nature of the NFT:

Betty’s Notebook is a 21-minute work that has been split into five unique pieces: 1 Master NFT and 4 Stem NFTs.

Each Stem contains three unique audio-visual variants that the owner can toggle between, altering musical texture, timbre, and narrative for all listeners. As Stem owners toggle variants, the album art for the work visually shifts to reflect that change.

The Stem NFTs apparently control:

  • the choir
  • Betty's voice
  • "Betty's choir" (click through for explanation)
  • Betty's radio

And here's a description of the "Master NFT"

The owner of the Master experiences audio-visual layer changes. If they meet the minimum reserve price, they will receive a 1 of 1 limited edition physical radio piece to watch these real-time changes. This radio is a one-of-a-kind crafted physical installation, fit for museums, private collections, and galleries.

And, I probably should have linked directly, here in the original post. That's where we can listen to it, for free.

It also has a link to bid on it, but I'm not clear if it's really for sale, because the original BBC article says,

Metapurse has announced that the physical representation of the master track – a vintage 1930s wooden radio console repurposed to include an LCD screen of digital art and the four musical ‘stems’ – will be lent to museums.

Oops! Thanks for catching the typo. I typed that comment on my mobile. I guess my autocorrect has picked up on something...

This is finally a use case for NFTs that makes sense to me.


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