WRITING MUSIC FOR NFTs
Recently, I’ve been collaborating with talented digital artists, writing music for their animations. This was my introduction to the new world of NFTs.
First of all, what the heck is an NFT?
A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unique and non-interchangeable unit of data stored on a digital ledger (blockchain).
NFTs can be used to represent easily-reproducible items such as photos, videos, audio, and other types of digital files as unique items (analogous to a certificate of authenticity), and use blockchain technology to establish a verified and public proof of ownership.
The first challenge I faced when writing the music for these digital animations was the length of the video animation. Usually, these digital animations created to be sold as an NFT, are short videos, with a total length between 30 seconds and 1 minute (of course there are exceptions).
“How will I write something that makes sense from the musical point of view, in one minute or less?”, that was my big question. The answer was: by keeping it simple!
My first collaboration was with the digital artist Daniel Blumenthal (check his Instagram profile), writing the music for his digital animation “Eternal Love”.
When watching the animation for the first time, I felt that I needed to write something more epic, for full orchestra. The theme starts with a short introduction and rapidly evolves to the main theme, an epic and romantic melody. As the video was intended to be looped, the ending brings back the theme and orchestration that initially appeared in the introduction.
I liked so much the main theme that I´m planning to write an extended version!
My second collaboration was with the digital artist with the pseudonym “New In Town” (check her Instagram profile). Her animation named “Dancing Lollipops” needed a piece of music that would describe the light and joyful mood of the video.
I wrote a joyful tune for piano, punctuated with trills, accompanied by a string orchestra.
My third collaboration, also with artist “New In Town”, was to write the music for a short animated portrait (about 10 seconds!) based on an original painting by Rembrandt.
As Rembrandt lived in the baroque period, I thought writing the music in this same style would be the best approach.
Here I opted for writing a theme for string orchestra and harpsichord.
If you are a digital artist and would like me to write the music for your animation/video, get in touch and we’ll see how we can collaborate.