Imogen Heap releases a single on а blockchain based music platform

Imogen Heap releases a single on а blockchain based music platform

Imogen Heap, an English singer-songwriter and composer, released her single 'Tiny Human' on Ujo Music. This is a platform for artists to distribute th

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Imogen Heap, an English singer-songwriter and composer, released her single ‘Tiny Human’ on Ujo Music. This is a platform for artists to distribute their music via the Ethereum blockchain. The platform’s advantage is that it shows all of the creative contributors that made the song possible, giving them all the credits needed. Ujo Music also support a functionality called ‘smart contracts’ that show when the song is purchased by customers and the revenue percentage each respective contributor will receive automatically.

This is one of the first blockchain releases of digital media, giving us a peak into the near future of decentralized distribution. The implications it offers are something coming directly from the future. There has already been a big improvement since old record label models have changed dramatically, but now artists are willing to completely avoid the usual channels, experiment in new ones and avoid unnecessary income divisions. The downloaded music has no attached DRM which is also innovative and offers many functionalities.  That way users can even legally download stems of the song, for example, only the drums, to create their own remixes the way they like it. Supporters claim that this is the future of music rights and distribution.

More about Ujo Music

Ujo Music is a platform that allows artists to own and control their creative content, plans on using blockchain technology in order to launch a full commercial music platform in early 2017.

Apart from Ujo Music, a number of music industry projects have turned to blockchain technology including Mycelia, launched by Imogen Heap and Dot Blockchain Music, launched by PledgeMusic founder Benji Rogers. Other projects include Blokur, Aurovine, Resonate, Peertracks, Stem and Bittunes that already has users in 70 countries.

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