"Clair de Lune" is now an NFT, and it is thanks to the International Space Station (ISS), as it helped in flying it around the Earth's orbit for 90 minutes, before being sent back down. The classical piano music itself is not an NFT, but a version of it was minted by a company called "Nanoracks" and Artemis Music, aiming to capture the "feels" of space travel.
As Tech Times has reported previously, anything can now be an NFT, as long as it's digital and people are willing to buy it. The perfect example of that is Poland's Instagram influencer @martirenti which sold her love as an NFT.
'Clair de Lune' NFT
Classical piano music, "Clair de Lune" or otherwise known as "Moonlight," by French composer Claude Debussy did not expect his composition to be a classical masterpiece, much less a non-fungible token. According to Artemis Music Entertainment, the company has made the "first space-flown music" NFT in the world.
Nothing was changed with the music, and it still is the original 1905 song by Debussy, and still captures the nostalgic feels of its classic composure. The song was performed and a rendition by a popular musician known as Wing-Chong Kam.
The specific version can be found on Artemis' YouTube page, where it already is the "space-flown" version, which made history. Additionally, this specific NFT was beamed to the International Space Station last July 28 and experienced 90 minutes of orbit before being retrieved by the company.
How Did Artemis and Nanoracks Do it?
Artemis Music has partnered with Nanoracks LLC, and together, they have brought music from outer space, digitally. As the company cannot make the song itself an NFT, as they do not own it, they created a version of it with Kam and minted it as an NFT.
After which, the song was brought to Nanoracks' Houston facility where it was beamed to their "Bishop" airlock which was attached to the International Space Station. It then flew a total of 90 minutes around Earth's orbit, aboard the ISS, making it the first minted NFT that fully orbited the planet.
According to Artemis's press release (via SpaceRef), "Clair de Lune" was specifically chosen because of its "cosmic perspective for space."
Furthermore, Artemis co-founder Bob Richards said that "Clair de Lune perhaps comes as close as possible to stirring the emotions of awe and wonder experienced by space travelers."
International Space Station Harbors Music
The ISS was the chosen vessel to fly around a classical masterpiece, to become an NFT. This might be the first, but it certainly would not be the last, especially as Artemis Music has the means and ways to do it, in partnership with Nanoracks.
There were a lot of astronauts that brought musical instruments aboard the orbiting space station and were used for downtimes when not doing any work. It is safe to say that the International Space Station can harbor music to and from Earth.
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Written by Isaiah Richard