A year ago today, we set out to revolutionize the way music is created, transformed, and shared online. Music-making has always been collaborative, but recent advancements in cryptographic technology have opened up new possibilities for decentralized, permissionless collaboration over the internet, and that’s when Arpeggi comes in.
We created a brand new DAW, built natively on-chain, to pull from and contribute to a freely-licensed sound library where attribution is automatically tracked and guaranteed. Sounds and finished songs can be minted—for free—right from Arpeggi Studio. Given the infinite potential of sounds outside of what one can make on a computer, we launched the ability to upload and tokenize any sound too, so all musical work could be stored on Arpeggi.
Next, we’re working on integrations that extend the Audio Relationship Protocol we developed to harness the composable nature of web3, and further allow the community to set the direction of creator-owned music. In addition, onboarding new artists and producers, expanding the capabilities of the DAW, exploring a royalty splits system, and building new site features are just some of the next steps we’re taking after an incredible year of progress. Let’s look back:
By the Numbers:
We’ve had 5,100+ artists onboarded
We’ve had over 4,373 songs minted
904 sounds uploaded
October 2021 — The Genesis NFT and Arpeggi Studio Launch
The first fully on-chain music creation experience was born with songs from artists the likes of:
November — NFT NYC Music NFT Movement 1
We sponsored the NFT NYC Music NFT Movement event hosted by @Cooopahtroopa and @web3brett that brought the earliest folks in music NFT space together for the first time. Shoutout to the amazing performances by:
Our sincerest thanks go out to Blockchain Brett and Cooper Turley for hosting.
Nov 2021–March 2022 — Build Mode
After collecting samples, we went heads-down building with our community towards the launch of Arpeggi Studio V2 and the ARP Protocol.
March — V2 Private Beta Launch
We worked directly with our community to build a user-first music creation experience with the launch of the ARP Protocol V1 to track sample and stem usage throughout the web3 ecosystem.
SXSW Zoratopia Sponsorship
We sponsored Zoratopia in Austin for the annual South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival with some of our favorite web3 platforms including Zora, Sound, Catalog, FWB, Water & Music, Cool Cats, Glass Protocol, Metamask & more!
June — The First On-Chain CC0 Sample Library Launch
After compiling submissions for an open-source on-chain sample library, over 150 people submitted applications and we minted 406 CC0 samples from 39 artists.
NFT NYC Music NFT Movement 2
We had so much fun the first time around we had to run it back with NFT NYC Music NFT Movement 2!
July — Arpeggi V2 Public Launch
The full ARP integration went live for everyone; CC0 Sample submitters could finally see exactly where and how their samples were used, and anyone could mint their first music NFT and give on-chain attribution back to all the sound contributors. Now, we have over 5,000 samples, with new sounds being minted every day.
August — Sample Uploading with hedsDAO
Beyond samples created in Arpeggi Studio, we launched the ability for sound samples, like one-shots, to be uploaded. To demonstrate the breadth of potential for sample pack artists, we worked with the hedsDAO production crew to drop 100 unique samples for immediate use.
September — Clips Mode with Ben Kessler
To help celebrate the launch of our Clips feature—the ability to upload any audio—we worked with the legendary Ben Kessler to drop his new track, and its stems, on Arpeggi: MEET ME WHERE I AM
Our Fundraising Announcement
Last month, we announced the backers behind our $5.1m seedround, as well as our advisors and partners. We couldn’t be more proud of the teams behind us.
Lastly, we wanted to give a special shout out to everyone who participated in our contests that helped show the best of collaborative music-making. Here were our favorites so far:
Thanksgiving Competition — Two months later, we held one of our most memorable bracket-style tournament competitions with over 32 contestants, 6 rounds of voting, and 1,100 votes. Check out some of the entrants here.
Camoufly x Arpeggi Remix Competition — In July, we worked with Camoufly Beats to host our first artist-based remix competition based on his track Wrong, produced entirely in Arpeggi Studio. A lo-fi remix was the undisputed champion.
Song Competition — We ran a no-rules song contest in November given the unlocked possibilities of Clips, and let the community vote on Arpeggi and via Twitter double-elimination polls to crown the winner. The results were outstanding.
Keep an ear tuned for more contests coming over the coming months. We’re in conversation with artists to produce original sounds ripe for remixing.
To the year ahead,
James, Evan, Kyle & The Arpeggi Labs Team