Haunting music, interesting video, more like a modern dance routine or a minimalist drama.
Imogen Heap, Immie to her friends, has released Tiny Human as an experiment, to test out her idea of Mycelium.
The music industry is in crisis, or so we are repeatedly told by the record industry and its apologists.
When was the last time you bought a CD or a record? Chances are, you’re listening to more music than ever, but buying less of it.
The music industry is not in crisis, it is in a healthy state, it costs a fraction of what it once did to record and release music, artists can communicate directly with their fans.
What is in crisis, is the major record labels, for years they ripped off fans and artists, now they are no longer needed.
In terms of sales of shiny circular bits of plastic, sales have not collapsed as we are led to believe, not if we add in DVDs and games.
If I look at the last four weeks, I have bought as many CDs as the number of weeks. Actually more, and a DVD, and several books. But maybe I am atypical.
What Imogen Heap is trying to do, and using Tiny Human as an experimental release, is to elimnate the middle (unless they add value) and use the blockchain (the on-line database that tracks and logs) to keep track of where the music goes and to facilitate payments to the artist.
The blockchain will hold all the information, artwork, recording studio, players, composer, lyricist, all that would be expected in sleeve notes, plus lots more. It could, for example, link to this article.
You can download Tiny Human for free, choose if you wish to make a payment using bitcoin.
Immie bitcoin address
Faircoin addresses many of the problems of bitcoin, but more importantly, it was established to support projects like Mycelia. Closer cooperation between the two, would be to the advantage of both.
Faicoin uses open source software, is reliant upon the blockchain. Collaboration would be in the interests of both.
In many ways Mycelia is an extension of bandcamp, which enables on-line listening, payment to artist, album notes, artist notes, and the artist gets the data.
Mycelia extends this further and is far more ambitious. To include every artist, could be extended to e-books, indeed anything of a digital nature.
No reason why bandcamp could not be a participating partner.
What bandcamp has shown, fans are willing to pay for music, support the artist they like.
There is no control. I would recommend Tiny Human, or maybe a future release, an album or EP, is released on bandcamp too. There is then something to compare with, currently nothing.
Maybe Zoe Keating or Jewelia release their next recording through bandcamp and Mycelia. We will then have a comparison.
- The Making of Tiny Human
- The New Music Industry, Mycelia and Tiny Release
- Imogen Heap’s Mycelia: An Artists’ Approach for a Fair Trade Music Business, Inspired by Blockchain (1 of 2)
- Imogen Heap Gets Specific About Mycelia: A Fair Trade Music Business Inspired By Blockchain (2 of 2)
- Imogen Heap: saviour of the music industry?
- Adele’s 25 set to make UK chart history as sales of new album soar
Blockchain: Each block contains a record of transactions. It is linked to the previous block, and contain a crypto-hash of the previous block. It is transparent, and available to everyone. It is these factors that make it secure.
- The Blockchain: A Promising New Infrastructure for Online Commons
- Blockchain: A Promising New Infrastructure for Online Commons
- Video: Rachel O’Dwyer on the Blockchain as Governance by Design