How Audioglyphs NFT is shaping the Future of Music
The next generation of digital music is closer than you think. It’s called Audioglyphs and it lets you own a unique piece of music that can be remixed, shared, and even sold like any other cryptographic token.
What separates Audioglyphs from the standard idea of “music as intellectual property” is their shapeshifting nature. Audioglyphs are an infinite, ever-changing color palette of musical notes. They start as a single grain and branch out into multiple layers of music that can be remixed and rearranged without boundaries.
Audioglyphs NFTs are the first innovation of their kind, and they’re capable of revolutionizing the way we experience music. Here’s how they work.
A New Kind Of Musical Asset
Audioglyphs are novel tokens based on the ERC-20 standard, but with a few important differences. They’re generated using Pixelglyph’s Composer, an AI that creates musical art in the form of infinite loops that can be combined into unique pieces of music.
Unlike audio files like MP3 and WAV, Audioglyphs are cryptographically unique tokens that represent entire infinite compositions. Like most NFTs, they can be stored in any Ethereum compatible wallet. But since they’re music-based, the Composer app is required to generate them from scratch (BitTorrent’s Torrent file format uses a similar approach).
Compositions created with Composer have a number of unique properties that set them apart from standard audio. First, they’re rendered at lossless quality. This gives listeners the highest fidelity possible when using Audioglyphs as their primary listening source. Second, they’re infinitely remixable without losing any sound quality. In fact, the source composition is directly encoded into an Audioglyph’s DNA.
Third, like most blockchain assets, compositions are transferrable and tradable (the latter requires UBIQ approval). They can also be used as collateral when launching an ICO through Pixelglyph’s upcoming service.
Owning Audioglyphs vs. Listening To Them
When you own an Audioglyph, you can do anything with it, such as download your token (which, like all NFTs, is a file) and store it in a digital wallet to be shared or sold at will. You can also listen to it anytime you’d like, and even use the token itself as a musical instrument.
In fact, Audioglyphs has been designed from the ground up to be more than just a piece of digital property. The tokens can be used as instruments by executing smart contracts that turn them into playable soundwaves with an on-chain “play” button, which anyone can click. They’re also stretchable to any length, so they can be sequenced into songs that allow multiple people to create unique arrangements of the same piece of music.
Audioglyphs are not just a glimpse into the future of music either…they will soon offer an even deeper connection between artist and listener.
Audioglyphs vs. The Current Music Publishing Model
The current music publishing industry is based on selling and protecting “intellectual property,” or what can be described as a fixed quantity of musical ideas in the form of recordings, not the actual notes themselves. This means that when any particular song starts generating income, all other musicians are required to pay a fee or stop performing it altogether. This system functions as an incentive for music discovery and makes the discovery process advantageous, but it’s also highly limiting.
In fact, most music is made to be heard just once. Once you’ve purchased a song from iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, etc., there’s no guarantee that anyone else will ever hear it. It’s simply an idea, not something you really own. Compared with an Audioglyph, it’s just a static snapshot of one moment in time. When you own the song’s DNA, you can actually learn about its structure and become familiar with how it sounds under certain conditions. This not only benefits listeners but artists as well by creating new listening experiences that generate more revenue for them than any standard audio file.
Sharing an Audioglyph also makes it more interesting and profitable for listeners who may not have otherwise purchased it. When a person shares their token with another user, that second user can execute the smart contract immediately to listen (meaning they don’t need to wait until the song’s NFT is created). This allows users to create their own unique version of the song, which can then be shared again with another user, and so on. Sharing Audioglyphs is what empowers fans to truly own music.
Last but not least, an artist’s token has many applications that go way beyond releasing albums or selling concert tickets. With access to all their compositions in one place, they can create a unique portfolio of tokens, as well as use the music as collateral when launching an ICO.