RELICSxyz was born out of the idea that music is a foundational component of your identity, be it virtual or IRL. This is the third in a short series of hot takes on how we see music and the Metaverse 🤝.
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For as long as there has been sound, there has been music. For as long as humans have inhabited this globe (or at least 3400 years), music has played an integral role in our history. It’s a powerful force. It can set the tone in any environment, and connect people on a deeper level.
Music can instantly transport us to a time or place, invoking powerful emotions, and dominate a story or our mood. When we think of stories and gatherings, music is perhaps the most significant element for setting the stage and energy for a moment in time.
Music is a boundless tool that can be used to create a peaceful and calming atmosphere, or to bring exciting and energetic vibes.
We believe this significant element must be emphasized for the Metaverse to truly reach its full potential. Utilizing music to create beautiful and unique spaces is perhaps the most important detail as it provides a vehicle for a user to feel connected, to explore and discover and to enjoy the fully realized experience of virtual worlds.
Research has proven that various types of music can drastically transform environments, similarly to how different pieces of art evoke different emotions. This makes it possible for users to create their own unique and tailor-made virtual spaces, based on the type of music they’d like to incorporate and how they want to affect the overall feel of the space.
We’ve already seen this with Metaverses like MONA’s Andromeda Arena and Fvckrender’s LVCIDIA. Both utilize ethereal type music to set a dream-like tone to their space. Other examples include Voxel’s Weed Bags of New York, where they feature a virtual art gallery that pairs music and visuals to create an immersive and interactive experience. By combining art and music, these virtual worlds can create an even more unique and engaging journey for users.
If you’re building a space in the Metaverse, you’re going to want music as a part of the experience.
Popular games like Beat Saber have been able to create a more interactive and immersive experience for players by adding music to their games. Players are able to signal coming events and actions through the use of certain songs and sound cues. This helps to further foster a sense of community identity within the Metaverse, and allows users to engage with one another in a more natural and fluid way (looking at you Rocket League).
If you’re bringing people together in your virtual environment, music should be the first thing you think about.
It gives life to stories and creates an atmosphere of excitement and drama, making it possible for the audience to become fully immersed in the narrative. Music is essential for storytelling, as it brings out the emotions from within the story and helps to create a more engaging experience. We see this in games from our childhood like Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, and even Tetris. The same can be applied to virtual worlds today, and we believe our Metaverse-ready, music playing IDOLS are the solution to the lack of background melody in the Metaverse.
If you’re building a digital story, the soundtrack to that story should be where you begin.
Consider the type of music you listen to when cooking dinner, or when you’re feeling particularly melancholy. Music has the ability to evoke different emotional responses in a person. It can increase endorphins to create a happier and more relaxed state of mind, or even bring about negative feelings such as sadness and frustration. This becomes increasingly more important in virtual worlds where other senses beyond sound are no longer utilized.
Music can transform a virtual space, foster a sense of community, enhance the atmosphere of storytelling and edit your mood.
If we want to take full advantage of the potential of the Metaverse, focusing strongly on the influence of music is pivotal. Through the use of music NFT’s like our RELICS paired with our Metaverse-ready music playing IDOLS, the Metaverse will continue to become an even more immersive experience, allowing us to enjoy brand new virtual experiences we only once dreamed about.
Music is the future of the Metaverse.