Muse releases her new album on NFT: Miserable Bad Joke?

After the graphic arts, NFT bands are conquering the music world. Rock band releases new album Will of the people Also in this format. It’s ironic, because this marketing ploy is inconsistent with the band’s passion for a critical approach to the future via dystopia.

The band Muse led by Matthew Bellamy released their new album on Friday, August 26, 2022. Will of the people, containing 10 titles, faithful to the group’s emotions, plunges us into a form of dystopia. Joe is also written on the first tracks of the album.

whether Will of the people An excellent return to basics for Muse in their wild, mixed style of contemporary rock, there’s just something new, and not really about the musical work of the Three Companions: the album will be sold in NFT format for up to 1,000 copies.

This was announced by Warner in early August. So the album is available on Serenade (in Web3), where it’s already out.

Inspiration and future, long history

If there is one characteristic that connects all of Muse’s discography, it is the red thread of science fiction. With lyrics like sounds or clips, each album plunges into a futuristic world that is sometimes spatial, sometimes high-tech or post-apocalyptic. And it’s not a particularly happy future: Muse is miserable music – remember the music video for mad who gave allegiance to 1984. Will of the people No exception to the rule, describing a disastrous, authoritarian, and collapsing futuristic world.

We can be surprised, barely a few years after the release of cyberpunk album simulation theoryor even the ecological tale 2nd lawto see the group sell its own music under the NFT – a technology practice that is disputed (even within the tech community) regarding its usefulness and environmental impact.

Finally, we return to the eternal paradoxical observation associated with science fiction, particularly in regard to who is political and wretched: it presents neither a future that is supposed to come true nor any apocalyptic fascination for what it describes, but rather shows the drifts so that, knowingly, these cannot happen. In short: Being passionate about the future doesn’t necessarily mean sticking without a filter to any new emerging technology in fashion. So the distribution of Muse’s album in NFT releases a certain irony.

This will count towards the UK charts

In any case, the sale of the album in the NFT will be a milestone: it is the first time that the NFT musical has been counted in the charts, at least in the UK. In fact, the UK’s official charting company (OCC), which regulates these issues, validated this principle a few months ago. All albums sold on NFT are technically compliant with the charts; This is the first time a new audio format has been included in this arrangement in 7 years.

Muse is simply the first album to fall into this category, but it won’t be the last. And that comes with some misrepresentation: I noticed on the sales site’s page that the NFT sells for £20. yes, pound. It is not about Bitcoin or Ethereum. If buyers have crypto wallets, they can use them, but if they do not, they can simply buy the album with “regular” money, which will create the virtual wallet.

This seems to facilitate the democratization of NFTs, but it also makes the principle of what we really buy via this system more ambiguous.

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