Late Night Thoughts on Music, Musicians and the Blockchain
☆ WHEN SLEEP IS FAR AWAY
Ever been in a situation where you laid on the bed for several hours waiting for sleep to show its happy face, but then the King of Dreams seem to be far away? However, instead of fighting with the Dreaming King for the moment that sleep was far away, you decided to take those pressing thoughts out of your head.
I believe you can relate with this experience.
If you can, then you are human... but if you can’t, then please tell me your secret!
I am experiencing it right now (as always), and the time is 1:41am here.
Insomnia is calling, again, and again!
☆ THOUGHTS ON MUSIC
In the midst of the conflicting thoughts, music seems to stand out.
Are you (the thoughts) indirectly pushing me to carry my guitar and start playing it right now, to disturb my neighbours?
I don’t think so!
My thoughts on music are different and somewhat scattered this time around, WITHOUT a sprinkle of humour. first time in history
☆ MUSIC WITHOUT THE MUSICIANS?
Think about this:
We listen to wonderful music by great musicians and superstars, and most times we enjoy the music without being bothered about the processes that led to its greatness.
We don’t care about the musician’s sleepless nights and busy day; neither do we care about the stress the music producer or engineer went through.
It’s not our business, right?
We don’t even care whether he or she benefits from the music... Oh! It’s a charity work, I forgot!
Our priority is to listen to the music and new artists in a bid to criticize, criticize and criticize!
Well, if we don’t see clear reasons to criticize, then we try to enjoy the music. In most cases, the music may become popular while the artist remains unknown.
How would the artist gain from this great music when we not only side-line the artist but we also rule out every possibility to gain?
☆ MUSIC WITHOUT GAIN?
Although I didn't live through the entire decade of the 90s, I genuinely believe that, in contrast to today's society, musicians in earlier centuries and decades were more aware of their worth or value and benefited more from the sales of their songs and albums.
I may be wrong in terms of statistics, but one thing that is certain is that the abuse and piracy in this century is second to none.
Few minutes after a music is officially released on streaming channels, you begin to see different blogs and website possessing copies for free download. By doing this, they drive the attention of people to download from these illegal blogs rather than streaming the music.
How on earth would these musicians gain?
They spend a whole lot to record the music and breathe life into it; they also spend a lot financially and get drained physically to produce and promote this music.
Yet, what do they gain?
Likewise, streaming services like Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube Music, among others, feed on these artists streams offering them crumbs.
☆ IS THERE A WAY OUT WITH BLOCKCHAIN OR WILL IT END UP IN THE SAME WAY? OR WORSE?
This question was the crux of my thoughts!
- What if music is integrated in Blockchain?
- Will it aid to reduce piracy?
- Can anyone duplicate the music and host on illegal blogs?
- Will it ensure that the musicians benefit more from their music?
Don’t forget what blockchain is:
Blockchain is an automated and encrypted system that serves as a digital ledger, such that it records every transaction from both parties, and such transactions cannot be modified. It gets rid of third parties and ensures that data are safe and secured, and transactions are fast, transparent and could be handled from anywhere, at any time.
Integrating music in the blockchain world would mean providing a decentralized platform for musicians to directly share their data in a safe and secure chain, and promote or stream without the need for a third party (like Amazon and the likes).
It would also mean adoption of NFTs; where your records and tracks become NFTs which could be bought by your fans.
Yet, do you think it is the way out?
Do you think it'd prevent piracy?
If it will, then how?
If it won't, then what's the difference?
Your comments and views are highly welcomed. Its 4:56 am now, I need to force myself to bed.
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