I want to write a bit more publicly a bit more often. And I don’t want to edit the thing and make it all nice + pretty. I just want to talk to myself + to you about textures floating around in my brain the last little bit. So here’s freeform energy I.
ps 100% of proceeds that come in from collecting this piece as an NFT (above) will go to JobDAO — which you can read more about here.
Sindra: I’ve been reading up lately on the beginnings of the web. Do you know much about it?
Kyle: Yeah I mean, a little. Why?
Earlier this year I wrote an essay called Canons, Collectible and Copies. It outlined a web3 native “release mix” for songs, experimenting with the idea that the future of music would simultaneously embrace these three form factors:
CANON → Single edition. The digital master of the song. The internet’s source file.
COLLECTIBLES → Multiple editions. Collectible NFTs that allow superfans and/or regularfans to express their love for the song and opt into an ownership orbit ever closer to the artist(s).
COPIES → Infinite edition. This is essentially what we have today: streaming services create infinite copies of the song for all to listen to.
Add the BPM bot to your Discord!
Update: The !BPM airdrop from contributors to this article has been completed! You can still support the article, but please note it will not result in a !BPM airdrop. Thank you!
Two Fridays ago, I learned that YouTube had forced the most popular discord music bots to shut down their services. In a fit of rage and enthusiasm, I sprung up a crowdfund to rectify the situation.
The thought went as follows: if web2 platforms such as YouTube and Spotify aren’t happy with us streaming their music in our Discord calls, then we must build a bot of our own.
But on the 3rd day, in the deepening heat of the sun, Mava fell faint.
When he awoke, Mava was no longer in the desert. He was in a lush meadow, a rainforest, a beauty unlike he'd ever seen. No climate for millions of acres in every direction could support such life. Yet here he was.
He stood up and walked about. The water was fresh and glistening, with animals — deer, birds, fish — enjoying its cold and refreshing wake. The colours were overwhelming. Blues and purples and yellows and greens burst before him in patternship and beauty.
"I never thought I'd see you again."
Hiram gave his older brother a strong and burly hug.
"A cup of cold water, brother. The journey has been long." Mava Tow looked tired and old, with cracked skin and sun marks under his eyes. He hadn't been home in over 4 years.
My album Textures Of A Long Forgotten Assumption drops today, but not on streaming platforms. The full album is made up of 9 songs. 6 of them are done. 3 of them aren’t. I need your help to finish the project.
You can participate in the drop through 3 form factors:
On Thursday May 20th, I’m dropping my new album.
Not on Spotify. Or on Apple Music. Or on any of the other streaming platforms.
Well, because there are new ways of releasing art on the Internet. And they are a whole lot more fun.
TL;DR: The music industry is broken. Instead of trying to fix it, let’s just try something a whole lot different. It all starts with this NFT.
UPDATE: A huge thank you to Seed Club for collecting "The Unlock" NFT and for officially unlocking this first Songcamp for everyone!
DOUBLEUPDATE: And thanks to all who voted for Songcamp in Mirrors $WRITE race and pushing us into the Top 10. This and future Songcamp essays now live at songcamp.mirror.xyz.
The current music industry models condition us to believe certain untruths: that we must amass millions upon millions of streams a month to earn a decent living, that we must be one thing and build one brand identity and not stray from that, that we must spend an exorbitant amount of time and money finding our audience by paying for data that is siloed off by opaque intermediaries — data that is rightfully ours.