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The signs that Imogen Heap was going to be a game changer came at an early age. As has been the case with many of our brightest musicians, Imogen did not get along well with her music teacher at school but found herself in the small cupboard which had an Atari and some music software on it, 25 years ago! She read the manual and so began her work with music and computers. She attended

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Award-winning recording artist Imogen Heap is on a mission to decentralise the music industry. Could blockchain technology hold the key? Yessi Bello Perez reports. Known for her musical prowess and as one half of British electronic duo Frou Frou, Grammy-winning artist Imogen Heap is also a technologist and one who’s striving for the decentralisation and democratisation of the music industry. Heap developed an interest in technology at an early age. She explains that, when she

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British singer and songwriter Imogen Heap is building what she calls a “fair trade” music industry that aims to sidestep middlemen like iTunes and Spotify and give musicians more ownership over the money and data produced by their work. Heap’s latest song, “Tiny Human,” a ballad to her newborn daughter, debuted last year on a site called Ujo Music where users can buy the song, as well as the track’s key, tempo, and stems, using

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Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 16.19.59 British art-pop singer-songwriter Imogen Heap has signed a worldwide agreement with Downtown Music Publishing, as both parties to the deal explore new ways of administering royalties for all songwriters and artists. Heap, a Grammy- and Ivor Novello-winning solo artist who was a co-writer and producer on Taylor Swift's 1989, released a new track, "Tiny Human," on Oct. 2 using blockchain technology. She's also at work on a "fair trade" music distribution and payment system that Read More
Capture d’écran 2016-04-27 à 16.44.07 We started the second Future of Work event with an introduction to Mycelia from Imogen Heap.  If you haven’t read it yet, the two-part interview she did on Forbes is a great starting point.  In a nutshell, she calls it “Fairtrade for musicians”  it’s intended to be a way of using smart contracts on the blockchain to manage metadata about an artist’s works (including that important metadata about price and how money gets distributed after each Read More
three-startups-trying-to-transform-the-music-industry-using-the-blockchain Music was once scarce. Before the days of MP3 and P2P file sharing, you didn’t have the ability to hear songs whenever you wished unless you bought them. Today one does not even need to download songs, as platforms such as VEVO and YouTube host many of the most popular songs of yesterday and today. The industry was faced with a definitive problem in an age of liberal copy and distribution technology: finding new ways Read More
Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 15.38.00 This is another Bitcoin and the Arts podcast with John Stuart! This month’s show is all about an idea that is still developing in the mind of singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. She calls it Mycelia, and it’s a way for artists to store every bit of information about their music (everyone that helped create it, who’s reusing it, etc.) in a decentralized manner. Combined with cryptocurrency and smart contracts, the distributed database should help eliminate the massive overhead and countless Read More
imogen-heap-tiny-human Following on from the launch of AudioCoin (ADC) at MIDEM in June, Aurovine were invited to participate in the release of Imogen’s Tiny Human single using blockchain technology. Don’t be put off by the tech speak surrounding this new new technology. Essentially it simply aims to bring transparency and fair trade into the music industry. This is achieved by allowing for instant transactions (clearly recorded on an open public ledger that cannot be altered), and Read More