title: Blockchain Music, applications of
### Mycelia http://myceliaformusic.org
Founded by Imogen heap, we are a growing collective of creatives, professionals and lovers of music.
<sub>Imogen heap, along with Phil Barry of Ujo Music, which resulted in Tiny Human being the first song ever to automatically distribute payments via a smart contract(eth) to all creatives involved in the making and recording of the song. - https://hbr.org/2017/06/blockchain-could-help-musicians-make-money-again (very interesting article which goes more in depth about what Imogen is doing and will continue to do. Also the first thing that came up in my google search for blockchain music</sub>
Not a "technical" advantage, however, this has been around since July 2015. Imogen seems to be "on the pulse" of what's happening in both the music industry and it's relation to the block-chain. Seems to be an intermediary in bringing everyone involved together.
>Our mission is:
>+ To empower a fair, sustainable and vibrant music industry ecosystem involving all online music interaction services,
>+ To unlock the huge potential for creators and their music related metadata so an entirely new commercial marketplace may flourish,
>+ To ensure all involved are paid and acknowledged fully.
>+ To see commercial, ethical and technical standards are set to exponentially increase innovation for the music services of the future,
>+ To connect the dots with all those involved in this shift from our current outdated music industry models, exploring new technological solutions to enliven and positively impact the music ecosystem
private channel on reddit
### Open Music
Doesn't say so in the copy easily found on thier website but this is a blockchain based api, which appears as though will provide an industry standard.
>WE ARE A NON-PROFIT INITIATIVE OF LEADING ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS, MUSIC AND MEDIA INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS, CREATORS, TECHNOLOGISTS, ENTREPRENEURS AND POLICY EXPERTS WHO LOVE AND
>WE ARE CREATING AN OPEN-SOURCE PROTOCOL FOR THE UNIFORM IDENTIFICATION OF MUSIC RIGHTS HOLDERS AND CREATORS.
>WE ARE NOT BUILDING A DATABASE OR A SPECIFIC PRODUCT. THE OUTCOME OF OMI WILL BE API SPECIFICATIONS TO ENABLE INDUSTRY PLATFORM INTEROPERABILITY.
“Why shouldn’t songwriters have a dashboard that could tell them in real time where their music is being heard?”
Has over 200 partners including (short list just for example):
BERKLEE INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
FAIR TRADE MUSIC
Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS ORGANISATON
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY / Clive Davis Institute
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY / Music Business
SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP
WARNER MUSIC GROUP
These people have all of the tech and industry backing they need. they are the future. very exciting stuff.
>Access your data on the go. See what’s performing at a glance, and get the full picture of your revenue and daily trends in a single dashboard.
>Transform the way rights are managed with smart contracts. Make it easy to split earnings and automate payments to collaborators
>Efficiently manage your data collection, processing, and analysis. Experience next generation cloud performance for your digital business workflow.
Looks like it is to be connected with youtube pandora spotify ect.
>Revelator was founded in 2012 by music industry veteran Bruno Guez. Backed by a team of seasoned music industry and software development professionals, Revelator is a leading provider of data services for today’s digital business.
### Colu.com (parent or bigger partner with revelator I believe)
A platform aimed at helping developers and consumers with little to no Bitcoin knowledge build their own applications and exchange digital assets for everything from financial industry (shares, bonds, stocks), records (certificates, copyrights, documentation) to ownership (event tickets, vouchers, gift cards).
>Our team of 40+ people are a mix of tech enthusiasts, blockchain experts, product visionaries, and design virtuosos, who are bound together by a shared passion for helping local economies thrive.
Tel Aviv is the developer for blockchain, ios, andoid.
>In 2015 Imogen Heap collaborated with Ujo to demonstrate how Ethereum could usher in a modern music supply chain built on a backbone of prompt and transparent payments
>We partnered with [RAC](http://rac.fm/) to demonstrate the Ujo Store being released later this year with our Creator's Portal, where artists can publish, license, and be compensated for their work using Ethereum
> RAC – aka André Allen Anjos – is releasing his latest album ‘EGO’ this Friday (14 July). And it’s billed as the first full-length album to be distributed on the ethereum blockchain, with fans paying for it via a ‘smart contract’ using the ether cryptocurrency.
Apparently this makes ujo the first to actually implement an album release on the (etherium) blockchain. [mind you the album is not actually stored on the etherium blockchain but on the interplanetary filesystem]
Seems to me that ujo is a sort of record label that assists artists in releasing music for sales on the blockchain.
this is also part of Consensys Suite
What it is: Consensys is a Brooklyn-based Ethereum development incubator with a high-profile conveyor belt of blockchain projects that often interconnect. A few Consensys projects, when utilized together, streamline the business of music down to as little as a few clicks.
How it works: On Ujo—the centerpiece app of Consensys' interlocking music platforms—artists can distribute music directly to fans. But even before releasing music, bands or groups can use Weifund, a crowdfunding app upon which users issue value tokens redeemable with band-specific goods and services. The Boardroom app can be used to allocate contracts and set up royalty percentages amongst members, and Balanc3 even specializes in doing taxes for musicians.
interplanetary filesystem is a decentralized cloud based datastorage
>HTTP downloads a file from a single computer at a time, instead of getting pieces from multiple computers simultaneously. With video delivery, a P2P approach could save 60% in bandwidth costs.
>IPFS makes it possible to distribute high volumes of data with high efficiency. And zero duplication means savings in storage.
>IPFS and the Blockchain are a perfect match! You can address large amounts of data with IPFS, and place the immutable, permanent IPFS links into a blockchain transaction. This timestamps and secures your content, without having to put the data on the chain itself.
[Just a little more info on that, somewhat tangental, but a quick copy-paste incase it's helpful to you in one way or another]
these guys started in 2016, I can not easily see what type of content they host or thier userbase without signing up. guessing not too much since there is no music on thier front page (?)
>>Welcome to the documentation for the Mediachain project, an open, universal media library.
>Mediachain is a singular data fabric for open-first media applications.
>It serves the role of a traditional database, but is a decentralized, global data layer for powering serverless applications.
>It is a single port of entry for applications and users to publish, discover, and collaborate on media metadata.
>With Mediachain, a group of museums can collaborate on cultural heritage data in a shared system, a cooperative of openly-licensed image sharing platforms can publish attribution information to a community-maintained ledger, a consortium of music industry organizations can share rights data without ceding control to a third party, and a developer can build a decentralized blogging platform without needing to run a centralized database.
Apparently this is up and running and ready to roll. With full documentation. Also has information about how to use it with etherium in addition to having it's own crypto cccoin. So it's a library with earning potential.
(aquired by spotify in april which to me is quite a large advantage over any startup who hopes to provide a similar service, possibly explains why the site is so polished)
>Dot Blockchain Media Inc. ("dotBC"), announced today [8.22.17] that it has selected the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Sawtooth as the platform for recording its content rights registry for the media industries. Hyperledger Sawtooth is an open-source blockchain framework originally contributed to the Linux Foundation by Intel. dotBC's announcement is a key advancement in the development of its blockchain initiative to bring clarity and transparency to the complex data, rights and payment issues in today's music and media industries.
>Please join us as we build the only cross-vertical, media rights solution for everyone.
founded in 2016
socan.com - cdbaby.com - songtrust.com - mndigital.com - fuga.com
>Our free dotBC tools will be available in late 2017, and we will be on-boarding queue members on a first come first serve basis at that time. We will keep all partners informed as we progress and release tools via email and through our public Slack channel.
The founder of dotblockchain created:
"We are a community of more than 3,000,000 fans and over 50,000 artists who believe there’s a better way to experience music and share the unique relationship between artist and fan."
This is one of the nicer services I looked at. Front page is covered with music, the various categories have have hundreds of bands.
The most user-friendly as a "listener" I'm able to see what's going on without joining, and I can find music abd see what the community looks like.
>British blockchain music startup BlockPool is the company behind music-discovery service [Aurovine](https://www.aurovine.com/), which has ben going since 2012.
>It was one of the first digital music services to tap into blockchain technology, and now it’s launching a new way to reward fans for their actions on the platform, working with rock band Superfecta.
>Subscribe to Music Ally and get:
>– Updates by email every weekday, with the latest news from the digital music industry
>– Fortnightly digital marketing reports in PDF format and monthly insight reports
>– Online access to Music Ally’s archive of Articles, Data, and Reports
this page has 60 pages with 12 music startups each, I don't believe that they are necessarily based upon crypto. just helpful tools for musicians.
Aurovine seems to be a fully functioning music service, which appears to have around 50 different artists using it, currently. From what I read below, it's a bit like steemit for music. As far as functioning services that the average user \ musician could enjoy, this is the only player so far.
>When you join Aurovine we'll give you 50 AudioCoins for sharing your first track. Your coins are stored in your wallet on your profile page.
>Then every time you listen to music you like, you can share for even more coins. The artist you are listening to also gets coins and we'll notify them when you share their music. This creates a unique partnership between artists and music fans!
>When you share music we award AudioCoins to the artists which they can then spend on our promo packages to help them develop their careers even further!
>Spend Your AudioCoins or Convert them to Cash
>As well as the free compilation albums available to you when you join, we also reward our loyal fans with further gifts. The more you use the site and the listen rate share feature, the more coins you'll get in your wallet.
>You can transfer the coins to a currency exchange, earn interest in an offline wallet or use them to buy merch in our shop and on other websites.
“....we plan not only to design an easy to use interface but also accept fiat currency payments so everyone who uses a mainstream music service will be able to use VOISE the same way. Without having to set up a wallet, download the whole ethereum blockchain or trading on an exchange. Our target is not the average crypto user but everyone who enjoys music and other audio content.”
Australian startup Paperchain has been talking about its plans to attack the challenge of uncovering $2.5bn of “royalty black boxes” on behalf of publishers and songwriters.
The company, which is moving to London this month, says it has developed a product that will help rightsholders identify and claim missing royalties from streaming services and collecting societies alike.
The ‘black boxes’ element refers to royalties that have not been paid out, because the service or society has not identified the correct rightsholders.
Paperchain has been running closed beta tests with labels, publishers and other middlemen over the last year, and is hoping to work with the UK’s PROs and industry bodies in the months ahead.
“Our focus is not to replace the current digital supply chain, but to make the flow of rights data work better,” said CTO Rahul Rumalla in a statement.
(started in 2016, looks close to implimentation)
The final companies to pitch in this year’s Midemlab startups contest in Cannes were the ‘experiential technology’ firms – a category that includes virtual and augmented reality, hi-res audio and hardware.
(this one is fairly tangental, however since they support "experimental technology" I added it incase it may be helpful for whatever it is that you are into)
“Right now our focus is on reducing the friction involved in the capture, provenance, and authenticity of data and rights information in the supply chain,” said McKenzie.[I didn't understand what that means, I hope you do]
“The Ujo/Mycelia prototype was an excellent example of the potential of smart-contract based rights management and royalty payments. With MΞTA, we’re working to build out the infrastructure layer, which means we could very well underpin many of the concepts and prototypes that are currently in development.”
“Transparency is always a concept that encounters resistance but this isn’t just a blockchain or decentralisation issue, it’s part of a much wider conversation about ethics,” he said.
“Blockchain is just technology. Given the response we’re receiving from the industry we’re very optimistic, but this isn’t going to be an overnight thing. We need collaboration, we need a shared vision, and we need time.”
Amsterdam-based GUTS Tickets is promising to help fans “say farewell to ticket fraud and disgraceful secondary ticket prices”. How? It describes its technology as “a ticketing system which uses blockchain technology to register ownership of SMART-tickets” which it claims “makes ticket fraud impossible. The ticket can only be (re)sold at a fixed price, so no more disgraceful prices for secondary tickets”.
this startup is Live and Functional. I can see three events there are tickets available for coming up in 2017
launched in february 2017
MusicCoin is a platform that allow it's Users to released their works,create simplified licenses, and get paid -directly every time a user listen to their songs
What makes the platform more interesting is that every body wins since as there is no monthly fees and payment is made directly and automatically each time a music lover Click the plays button
As a user of musicCoin,you can use the web-based wallet available on the Musicoin website after registration Musicoin.org or download their desktop wallet Musicoin (MUSIC) price, charts, market cap, and other metrics | CoinMarketCap
MusicCoin Creators are transparent,free and the website is open to everyone,also their coinChart is shown below
"thousands of contributions are made and enjoyed everyday by our community of musicians and listeners." - https://medium.com/@musicoin/roadmap-of-musicoin-blockchain-4a65620fefce
As of this moment 1540 musicians and 202 labels have joined.
You can at least preview some music on the front page.
"no monthly subscription fee – you only pay for what you listen to
25X more earnings for artists compared to Spotify
More ways for fans and artists to connect than other platforms
Changing how we stream, license and purchase music"
Tokenly, which has built various Blockchain platforms for sectors ranging from marijuana supply to eCommerce, announced the latest plans in a press release Tuesday.
token.FM aims to give artists considerably more control over how their content is distributed, along with deeper involvement in revenue sharing.
they include a store for merch, and revenue sharing.
it doesn't appear to be quite live yet, although a site said they were doing a public trial, the website invites you to join the "early community" on slack.
"token.FM reintroduces the jukebox style of playing music with platform credits. A fan or artist enters the ecosystem by paying for a plan or bulk credits with credit card or bitcoin. These credits are custom to token.FM and not transferable, but also never expire. A credit is roughly 1¢.
Fans: Redeem credits to stream or buy media or other items. Fans only pay for media they haven’t already bought on token.FM with stream rates set by the artist. Once they buy media or artist tokens they also get access to perks. Perks are set per artist and can include private artist chats, discounts, emojis, VIP experiences, etc.
Artists: Redeem credits to upload tracks, tokenize their media, to purchase additional chats or features, and as a transaction fee for eCommerce sales if they operate a store. Tokenizing media is what enables the artist to set a limited volume (create a collectible), associate perks, and allow token transfers/rentals by the fans."
"Engage with fans in chats that are public or require a specific token (album) to access.
Create verifiably scarce albums; true digital collectibles.
Start selling other merchandise or digital goods with a Tokenly Markets ecommerce store which accepts credit cards, bitcoin and tokens.
Allocate their revenue to specific bitcoin addresses for streaming or sales that occur off platform. This can be for revenue distribution or even charity purposes.
Create regular quality, premium quality, consumer and commercial tracks and sell or license media.
Work with other artists, publishers or communities to create collective ‘multi-artist’ albums that can have a growing and changing library of songs."
Three of the world’s biggest collection societies -- ASCAP, France-based SACEM and the U.K.’s PRS for Music -- have joined forces to prototype a new model of metadata recording and management to speed up licensing and royalty payments.
"Blockchain has become well-known for its use in payments systems because of its ability to capture real-time data and transaction updates that can be shared with multiple parties, and in the process, dramatically improve operations by reducing costs," she went on to say.
Utilizing IBM blockchain technology
based upon the steem blockchain
@senseiteekay - project manager
@klye - lead web developer
@raymonjohnstone - web developer
still in development, hard to say when it will be live. No public announcements for 6 months since the front end developer quit
"It should be noted, the true purpose of our crowd sale is to share ownership of our company with the public, as any publicly limited company. We currently hold 15,000 company assets for seed investors. Our next move forward will be to look for outside investors interested in joining our company."
no updates to the website.
We had a lot of issues in the last five months of development, with an understaffed and underpaid team. The team fell apart, yet the application stayed in development. Streams is still set for release in coming months.
They are to be releasing "launch pad"
A project funding launch pad for tokenized ecosystems created in Tokit. Tap into the growing $53 billion cryptosphere and connect with audiences from around the world while your project’s in development. Launching Q3 2017!
SingularDTV’s Rights Management Gateway and Project Creation Application. Your entry point into the SingularDTV entertainment economy. Launching Q3 2017!
SingularDTV (S-DTV) is a content production and distribution platform built on Ethereum. The goal is not only to create and broadcast quality film and tv content but also to reshape the entertainment industry into a more fair, efficient and transparent business thanks to blockchain and smart contract technology.
this one is frustrating because they don't seem to offer much text information, all videos. have to google.
PeerTracks hopes to garner marketing dollars -- it aims to stay ad-free for users -- through "artist tokens," a concept comparable to baseball cards. Consider it A&R, gamified. Every artist on PeerTracks can create their own token, bearing their face and name. The artist sets the amount of available tokens. "Since it is limited edition," Cobban explains, "once you create your tokens, you can't create more." The idea is to create a type of sub-cryptocurrency, the valuation of which directly reflects the appeal of an artist.
Just like the real world, the valuation of PeerTracks tokens is determined by supply and demand. Tastemakers can buy tokens of unknown artists while they are cheap, speculating on that creator's future potential. "Boom! Your incentives have been magically aligned with that of the artist," Cobban explains. "You now want that artist discovered, you want him to sell music. You want him to be streamed and sell merchandise, because your tokens can go up in value as that artist becomes more successful."
Right now they have "Muse"
Which is a copyright database and royalty distrobution network, which "is to be the backbone of peertracks filesharing service"
Beta versions of Muse and its first web wallet are out. You may use the wallet to create accounts, claim your stake, transfer funds around and vote for Witnesses. You’ll notice the wallet is still a bit rough around the edges but quite easy to navigate. It just needs a bit of polishing. - https://steemit.com/muse/@cob/new-muse-blockchain-web-wallet-ready-to-go
"Muse calculates user attention per second. For example: If user Bob spent 200 seconds listening to Song X out of Bob’s 1000 seconds of total listening time today, then 1/5 of Bob’s “assigned” royalties will be paid out to the recipients contained in the Song X smart contract.
In other words, Song X captured 1/5 of Bob’s attention today, hence Song X’s copyright holders will receive 1/5 of the royalties Muse distributes. Had Bob spent 100% of his time listening to Song X, then 100% of Bob’s “assigned” value would have been paid out to Song X’s recipients."
I'm not sure if I understand that right but 1000 seconds a day don't sound that great.
Muse switched recently to open ledger.
"Metaverse is an open source public blockchain, allowing digital assets to be issued, transferred and recorded on its decentralized platform via Entropy (ETP), its native token. Unlike Ethereum, which allows programmers to write code on top of the platform itself, Metaverse preserves the underlying platform, enhancing security."- https://steemit.com/blockchain/@bloggersclub/muse-on-openledger-metaverse-foundation-leads-on-creation-of-official-blockchain-alliance-in-china
[this was one of the more confusing ones for me.]
This one is based on bitcoin
We launched the beta version of the Bittunes Android app in early 2014 and opened the platform up to all users in the Google Play Store in May 2015.
"Bittunes allows users to receive micro-earnings in Bitcoin for distributing music. This effectively creates a situation whereby fans work in partnership with the artists they follow. As each sale occurs the Artist receives their payment instantly, and a selection of previous buyers of that track also share ‘micro earnings’ instantly, anywhere in the world. This mechanism is facilitated by many new conditions and components not least of which is Bitcoin itself, which serves as the default global currency to underpin the system. However, the role of the Artist as ‘primary publisher’ is also fundamental."
In the current Bittunes application, once a song has moved to the $1.00 price point, an Artist will always get $0.40c from every song, and Bittunes will always get $0.20c. The novel aspect is that ‘previous buyers’ of the track being purchased will share the other 40% and this process will occur completely automatically. However, there is a probability index algorithm applied that seeks to make a selection of 5 previous buyers of the track being purchased from the set of ‘all previous buyers’ of that track.
In the illustration below, we project what would typically happen if a song was sold 1M times on Bittunes.. i.e. After 1M sales of a $1.00 track, the Artist would make $400k, Bittunes $200k and the remaining $400k would be divided among the previous buyers of that track, with many users making up to 1000% profit on their $1.00 purchase. (NOTE: most songs in Bittunes trade at $0.50 and Bittunes takes no percentage)
"Although the community is still quite small in terms of total numbers, we now have members in more than 90 countries. A number of these users have invested in the business, (securing around 10% of Company equity) and are deeply committed to our mission. It is now very clear that by involving both Artists and music buyers in the economic process of distribution, significant ‘lock-in’ effects naturally occur. i.e. When every purchase is an investment, users have little incentive to leave."
"Now, the LBRY project is more than just a revolutionary new protocol. It is also a company, LBRY Inc., which is developing a LBRY app to allow users to easily interact with the protocol. So it’s as if Google had developed the email protocol, released it to the world for free, and then built Gmail to help people make use of it. Not only is our app completely open-source, but others are welcome to create competing apps that also use the LBRY protocol. For a content creator, your uploaded content will be available to all of these apps at the same time.
Do you see the difference here? YouTube can afford to push around its creators and users because they’ve created tremendous lock-in. LBRY is challenging this model from the ground-up. Everything we’ve built is open-source, decentralized, and belongs to the community using it. LBRY Inc. could go bankrupt tomorrow and the LBRY protocol will live on. Can YouTube say that?"
Do you watch YouTube? Imagine paying a few cents to eliminate all ads. 100% of the payment will go directly to the content creator – and they’ll still be earning more than YouTube offers, so they’ll want to make even more of the content you love.
Do you use BitTorrent? Imagine getting paid to seed files into the network. Because there is a marketplace for these files, you can finally find rare songs and films that can’t support a torrent swarm based on popularity alone.
Do you shop on the iTunes Store? Imagine paying less for songs, TV episodes, and music videos and having 100% of the price go directly to the creators.
LBRY is a digital media library at your fingertips. It can store any kind of content and make it available at low cost on demand. In a few years time, LBRY may become your one-stop-shop for everything digital, from ebooks to video games to movies. One app to rule them all – but still leaving more power in your hands because it is decentralized by design.
they have thier own currency called lbc
How is LBRY different from Decent / SingularDTV / Alexandria?
The first, and biggest, difference is that LBRY exists and has significant traction. As of this writing, Alexandria is the only one of these to release a client to the public, and there hasn’t been much progress since that release.
It's difficult to compare LBRY to something that doesn't exist yet, but as we understand it, no alternative is providing a human-friendly namespace and discovery mechanisms like LBRY.
Additionally, LBRY is the only one of these three to see significant backing outside of the cryptocurrency niche. While we love crypto, we're aiming to be a mainstream, household technology. To that extent, the fact that LBRY has backing from major VCs, tech companies, and Hollywood studios says a lot.
Finally, unlike almost every blockchain company, we've never sold coins to the public. We've put ourselves in a position where the only way we make money is if LBRY is a long-term success. To us, having "skin in the game" is a moral imperative.
has 2,779 subscribers on reddit
crowdsale goes public in 3 days
has 130,000 artists, 53,000 venues, 210,000 events
Viberate is a crowdsourced live music ecosystem and a blockchain-based marketplace where we're matching musicians with event organizers. We're listing profiles of over 120 thousand musicians, from superstars to garage bands. Now we're giving everyone a chance to become a part of our community by offering Vibe tokens in a public crowdsale.
based upon etherium, already has a bunch of major artists on it.
charlie shrem is part of the advisory board.
So the idea here is it allows artists to market themselves to venues and get paid in crypto.
sort of a blockchain agent
"Custos’ technology allows companies to watermark bitcoin into a piece of media, track the blockchain to see when it’s infringed, and then recognise who the infringer is. There’s also a crowdsourcing element, with a bounty avialable to downloaders who identify other pirates."
basically disincentivizes piracy by encoding a bitcoin watermark in a piece of media which can be redeemed by someone who downloaded it illegally. Pays illegal downloaders to report piracy
not live for music yet, but it's in the works
[so far we have aurovine, lbry, musicoin, mediachain, pledgemusic, resonate, and viberate as functional implimentation of average user ability,
Viberate seems to have the most users and nicest front end, lotta support for viberate.
musically has proven to be an invaluable resourse for this job
course guts.tickets is operational if not highly implimented at this time]