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Audionals are a groundbreaking new standard for producing, inscribing, and distributing music via the Bitcoin blockchain, providing a unique tool for musicians, sound designers, music enthusiasts, and audiophile collectors alike to create and distribute their work in a web3 environment guaranteed attribution for all future uses of their work. The platform takes advantage of the secure and transparent nature of the blockchain, offering a unique method for inscribing data directly on the blockchain or bridging off-chain data from alternative permanent data storage solutions to tokens traded purely on the Bitcoin blockchain. This innovative approach taken by might very well disrupt the traditional music industry and usher in a new era of audio content creation, distribution, ownership, and administration.

The fundamental technology that drives is the inscription of data to the Bitcoin blockchain. Audio data in the form of Base64 embedded JSON files is one such protocol that was introduced by Audionals in mid-2023. Audio files uploaded to the platform are encoded into a text format called Base64, which transforms the binary data into a string of ASCII characters. This audio-text data is then embedded within a JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) file, another text format file that is both easy for humans to read and write as well as for machines to parse and generate.

The use of JSON files makes the audio data more easily indexable and sortable by its ability to hold extensive, user-defined metadata. Metadata such as the audio type, the instrument used, genre, key, BPM, and other user-defined parameters can be added to JSON files, which facilitates searching, categorization, and manipulation of the audio files on the platform. It essentially creates a database of audio files with advanced metadata that are easily searchable and sortable for use in future applications such as the Audional Sequencer that allows the creation of new music using existing inscriptions to save on the cost of on-chain music production and distribution.

Audio data in its raw form can also be inscribed and recursively accessed in whole or in part for distribution of future releases or third-party remixes that always access the original file when executed, ensuring that on-chain attribution is as immutable as Bitcoin transactions themselves.

The ability to inscribe audio data directly onto the blockchain or to store and access audio from other permanent immutable storage solutions has profound implications for ownership, copyright, authenticity, and control. Once a piece of immutable audio is inscribed or connected to the blockchain, it is permanent. Its inscribed usage cannot be altered or deleted, the user's ownership is transparent, and the original sample owner's rights are upheld if any part of their work is reused in future compositions.

Today, there are alternative, permanent data storage solutions available that offer similar levels of permanence and security as Bitcoin without the high cost of inscribing audio directly onto the Blockchain itself. We can leverage the immutability and P2P distribution power of Bitcoin to bridge to other data solutions such as Arweave to get the best of both worlds. 1 GB of permanent, immutable storage space on Arweave costs $10 - for life. This combination of technologies is going to completely reshape the musical landscape in every way from sample creation and usage tracking, collaborative music production including music software distribution and usage tracking for audio processing apps, plug-ins, and instruments like soft synths.

The administration of music copyright, ownership, and distribution is being optimized in ways we never dreamed of, providing an indisputable record of participation in the origins of original content. This is not just for the composers but for the producers of every element of a song. Both production and distribution become part of a single technological leap, ensuring that the rights of every participant are upheld from conception to distribution and even beyond.

Audionals, in all their forms, audio or code, sound or software, can be subjected to on-chain recursive techniques, pulling together Base64 encoded samples, real audio samples, soft synths, and audio processing plugins in on-chain initiated programmatic signal processes to form new musical creations, enabling users to "record" and then distribute their music directly on-chain to an audience who only need to own a Bitcoin wallet and hold some Bitcoin if they want to engage with their favorite artists.

By leveraging audional technology and the immutable nature of the blockchain, musicians can establish permanent, verifiable ownership, distribute their work entirely peer to peer, and track all of its usage with ease. The transparency and traceability offered by audional technology also enables accurate and transparent royalty payment tracking and distribution, ensuring all creators receive recognition and income for their work no matter how small their contribution might be. Unlike Spotify removing payment for songs with fewer than 1000 plays, the Audional vision is one where every single element of a song's production gets full attribution in an environment where this is not only possible but extremely healthy at a grassroots level and promotes greater creative collaboration through guaranteed financial inclusion.

Owners of software used in the music creation process can apply new business models based purely on actual usage and financial earnings that their software is a part of rather than complex subscription models that add friction at a grassroots level and earn nothing extra when their software produces big hits. The audional protocol improves efficiency, fairness, and productivity for all participants and allows some previously external yet vital elements of the music creation process to become a visible part of every song that is also included in the financial framework.

In essence, represents a novel application of blockchain technology in the realm of audio and music. Its unique approach to audio inscription, coupled with the innovative on-chain composition feature, is poised to disrupt the traditional music industry and empower artists in unprecedented ways. In a world where digital technology continues to reshape the way we create, distribute, and consume music, offers a glimpse into a future where music and blockchain become inextricably linked drawing all participants into the same transparent, data-driven environment where the music really can speak for itself.

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