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New Publication: Decentralised Music: Exploring Blockchain for Artistic Research

News March 5, 2024

Co-edited by Paulo de Assis and Adam Łukawski

Researchers of the MetamusicX research cluster at Orpheus Institute Paulo de Assis and Adam Łukawski co-edited a new book for CRC Press / Taylor & Francis titled “Decentralised Music: Exploring Blockchain for Artistic Research”. The book will premiere on the 14th of August 2024.

The book includes contributions from leading researchers in music, arts, and technology offering a thorough examination of the potential of blockchain technology to transform musical practices. Moving beyond blockchain’s financial applications, it presents various perspectives on how this technology plays an important role in a creative, conceptual, and philosophical rethinking of the current modes of artistic creation.

It is an essential reading for artists, musicians, researchers, and policymakers curious to know more about the implications of blockchain for the future of music. More than an academic exploration, it is a call to the artistic community to critically engage with blockchain technology and its consequences for the creative practice of music.

The original idea for this publication originated in a 2-day webinar “Music NFTs: blockchain technologies for artistic research in music” ( held on 24-25 May 2022 at Orpheus Institute, which many of the contributing book authors participated in as either speakers or participants.

The book includes contributions from Orpheus Institute’s MetamusicX research cluster members (Paulo de Assis, Adam Łukawski, and Martin Zeilinger) and other authors: Marcus O’Dair (University of the Arts London), Claudio J. Tessone (University of Zurich), Diane Drubay (WeAreMuseums), Catherine Mulligan (University of Lisbon), Kristof Timmerman (Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp), Einar Torfi Einarsson (Iceland University of the Arts), and Kosmas Giannoutakis (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

Pre-order the book here.

Table of contents


List of Contributors


Paulo de Assis and Adam Łukawski

Blockchain for Artistic Research?

Chapter 1.

Paulo de Assis

Rethinking Musical Objects in and for Blockchain Technologies: from the Work-concept to Hypermusic

Chapter 2.

Adam Łukawski

Performative Transactions: Artistic Collaboration of Humans and AI Agents in Decentralized Creative Networks

Chapter 3.

Martin Zeilinger

Integrating Generative AI and Blockchain Technologies to Create Musical Objects with Agency

Chapter 4.

Marcus O’Dair

Valuing Web3 music: from NFT prices to the quadruple bottom line

Chapter 5.

Claudio J. Tessone

From blockchains to NFTs: Decentralized (?) platforms for unique (?) content distribution

Chapter 6.

Diane Drubay

Art, People, Museums, and the Promise of Blockchain

Chapter 7.

Catherine Mulligan

Can't Knock the Hustle: NTFs, DAOs and Creativity

Chapter 8.

Kristof Timmerman

Breaking the 5th wall. Stories happen through interaction. Interaction leads to experience.

Chapter 9.

Einar Torfi Einarsson

Hypermusic Experiment 0.9: Modelling, Mapping, and Prototyping The Future

Chapter 10.

Kosmas Giannoutakis

Decentralized transindividual collaborative experimental musicking