NFT Album Unlocks Physical Biodegradable Vinyl Record
Apr 5, 2023
Crypto & Blockchain
Although the hype surrounding nonfungible tokens (NFTs) has died down, new and innovative ways to use these digital assets are still emerging. Particularly, the music industry has been a fertile ground for exploring the potential of emerging Web3 tools in recent years.
The latest NFT project from DJ and artist, Blond:ish, allows purchasers to unlock physical copies of Blond:ish's latest album, #PlasticFreeParty, on vinyl record. As the record name suggests, it places a strong emphasis on sustainability. Blond:ish's partnership with startup Evolution Music and pressing plant DeepGrooves aims to prove that vinyl's sustainability doesn't come at the expense of audio quality.
The vinyl used in this project is created from "naturally occurring bacteria" that imitate plastic and can biodegrade in any environment, even the ocean. This is in contrast to traditional vinyl, which is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and produces twelve times the amount of greenhouse emissions.
Music artists such as Muse and Snoop Dogg, have previously incorporated NFTs into album releases and original content. This latest vinyl release is a prime example of the emerging phygital trend within the NFT community. "Phygital" involves combining digital assets with a physical component, blurring the lines between the virtual and physical worlds.
As music artists rapidly explore the latest NFT and Web3 trends to create new opportunities, it will be interesting to observe how industry labels and streaming services attempt to keep up.