The marketing of the last frontier continues at a steady pace.
Last week, Nanoracks LLC and Artemis Music Entertainment teamed up to release a recording of composer Claude Debussy’s piano masterpiece “Clair de Lune” (“Moonlight”) to and from the International space station.
The music was sent to, and do it, the laboratory in orbit before. But the two companies hit this version of “Moonlight” as a non-fungible token (NFT), making it the first musical NFT to reach orbit, Artemis Music representatives said.
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âThe cosmic perspective of space inspires cognitive change in humans,â Artemis Music co-founder Bob Richards said in a statement. “‘Clair de Lune’ is perhaps as close as it gets to arousing the emotions of awe and awe experienced by space travelers.”
Debussy published “Clair de Lune” in 1905. The space version of the classic, which you can find here, was performed by Hong Kong pianist Wing-Chong Kam on July 19 this year. On July 28, he was teleported from Nanoracks headquarters in Houston to the company’s Bishop airlock on the International Space Station.
Digital file zoomed Earth for about 90 minutes, completing an orbit in the process, before being broadcast and hit as NFT, Artemis Music representatives said.
NFTs are pieces of data, stored in a digital ledger known as a blockchain, that represent unique assets – hence the ânon-fungibleâ part of the term. The last few months have seen a boom in NFT art sales, with some of these digital tokens sell for millions of dollars.
Artemis Music Entertainment, a new company based in Cape Canaveral, Florida, is aiming to carve its own niche on the NFT scene. Last week’s âClair de Luneâ action was a test of its Artemis Space Network, a new commercial space platform for music and entertainment media.
âThe way you integrate the blockchain contract with the telemetry that would prove where the file was and when it was in space had never been done before,â Richards, who is also the co-founder and CEO of the company robotic exploration Express moon, Space.com said.
“So the first node test of the Artemis space network was to really prove the communication protocols and the digital work transformation process into an NFT that would be meaningful, valid and authentic,” he added.
If all goes according to plan, many artists, musicians and other creators will use the Artemis space network in the future, sending their own works into orbit – and, eventually, to the moon, Mars and beyond, Richards said. Artemis Music will get a percentage of the revenue from it, functioning much like streaming providers like Spotify do, he added.
Artemis Music also has more idealistic goals for the business, Richards said. For example, the NFT “Clair de Lune” will eventually be sold, but the proceeds will go to the Artemis Music Foundation, which aims to support artists and build people’s enthusiasm for space exploration.
âWe’re trying to do something that’s really authentic, authentic, and has a real capacity to inspire musicians, artists, creators and people who don’t feel connected to space,â said Richards. “It is the accessibility to space that we try to bring to every creative in the world that does not currently exist – the real ability to interact with the space with their creative process and with their creative work. ”
Artemis Music’s business model is one of many to take hold in the Last Frontier. For example, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin flew his first paying customer into the suborbital space last month, on a flight that also included the billionaire himself. And Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is set to begin commercial operations for its VSS Unity suborbital spacecraft in early 2022, provided a few more test flights this fall go well.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is already launching NASA astronauts to and from the space station aboard his Crew Dragon capsule, and the company is gearing up for a completely private mission this fall. This upcoming flight, known as Inspiration4, will carry billionaire Jared Isaacman and three others on a three-day trip to Earth orbit, without an appointment with the station.
Houston-based company Axiom Space has booked several missions to the space station with SpaceX, the first of which is expected to launch early next year. Axiom also plans to launch a commercial module on the station over the next few years and possibly operate its own commercial outpost in Earth orbit.
Mike Wall is the author of “The low“(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book on the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.