Artificial intelligence
Paradigm shifts: How AI will transform music creation in the next 10 years
June 23 2022
Web3
Music NFT sales in 2021: What we learned
May 06 2022

Over the last month, several contributors in the Water & Music community collaborated to analyze music NFT market dynamics, based on data from our members-only music NFT database. This report is the result — an in-depth analysis of 2021 music NFT sales by artist genre, platform/protocol, and label affiliation, covering over $86M worth of revenue, as well as a qualitative discussion of popular and emerging forms of utility that have emerged around the format in the last year.

Artists
Temp check: The state of Web3 sentiment across the music industry
March 10 2022

As a follow-up to our myriad studies of fan sentiment around music/Web3 projects in Season 1, we embarked on a survey analysis of how artists and music-industry professionals were feeling about Web3 across its numerous forms, including NFTs, DAOs and social tokens.

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Music DAO Deep Dives, Pt. 11: How $RAC pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with artist DAOs
March 07 2022

RAC DAO is the community of holders of independent electronic artist RAC’s eponymous social token, $RAC. In February 2022, he worked with HIFI Labs to launch a custom web portal known as “racOS” for his Web2 fans to claim $RAC tokens and access token-gated tracks and other exclusive content perks down the line. That same month, $RAC also became the first artist social token to be available on Coinbase Exchange.

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Music DAO Deep Dives, Pt. 10: Why the Holly+ DAO is taking it slow
March 05 2022

Holly+ is an artist DAO, built around the eponymous machine-learning tool that allows anyone to clone the voice of experimental electronic artist Holly Herndon. At its heart, Holly+ hopes to use a combination of emerging technologies to decentralize creativity.

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Music DAO Deep Dives, Pt. 9: Good Karma Records’ vision for a Web3-native, multi-token record label
March 03 2022

Good Karma Records (GKR) is a record label DAO founded by the artist Grady Lee. Since raising 20ETH from 76 backers in November 2021, GKR has distributed its $KARMA governance tokens and voted on their first artist signing, Daz Merchant.

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Music DAO Deep Dives, Pt. 8: The vision behind Leaving Records’ $GENRE token
February 26 2022

Songcamp is a community founded by independent artist Matthew Chaim, with the goal of building more financially sustainable, decentralized infrastructure for like-minded artists to share their creative output and develop projects together. These projects are organized into “camps,” and one of these camps, the interactive musical storytelling and worldbuilding project Elektra, has transformed into a DAO.

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Music DAO Deep Dives, Pt. 7: How Songcamp/Elektra is building a Web3-native artist collective
February 14 2022

Songcamp is a community founded by independent artist Matthew Chaim, with the goal of building more financially sustainable, decentralized infrastructure for like-minded artists to share their creative output and develop projects together. These projects are organized into “camps,” and one of these camps, the interactive musical storytelling and worldbuilding project Elektra, has transformed into a DAO.

Creators
The creator economy is growing much faster than music streaming
November 03 2021
Streaming
What music/tech companies won’t tell you about spatial audio
October 22 2021