Unpublished music of the brilliant, late composer Johann Johansson is being released as NFTs, it seems.
The loss of composer Johann Johansson is still keenly felt, with his music to films such as Arrival and Sicario very much living on. Sadly, the late composer’s estate is now looking to capitalise on previously unpublished music, via NFTs.
If you’ve not had the pleasure of NFTs before, then they’re billed as unique digital collectables. Their critics don’t quite call them that.
That notwithstanding, Johannsson’s estate will be releasing music such as Johansson’s unpublished work for Blade Runner 2049, for instance, but it seems like it’ll be NFT-exclusive.
To give you a flavour of the responses to the announcement thus far…
selling records to support someones family is one thing, but nfts rake in money at a questionable level, are terrible for the environment, and the whole nft scene reeks of wealthy investors getting the majority of the spoils from the work of smaller creators falling for it
— channel select (@channel_select) May 19, 2022
As someone who has listened to and been deeply inspired by Jóhann’s catalog for some time, I think it’s fairly crass to release posthumous music in this way. It seems most people agree
— jacob (@jacobpoemssongs) May 18, 2022
You can read more on what’s going on here. Sadly, it looks like this is going to be the only way music many of his fans would love to hear is set to be published.
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