What do Async Art and spoken word poet David Bianchi have in common? A knack for breaking new ground in the NFT space, that’s what. The launch of Music Blueprints, our generative audiovisual tool, is all-new territory for us and the concept of music NFTs. Bianchi is continually pushing the boundary of what an NFT can be, with his latest Async project “blending audiovisual and sonic poetry”. As both of us continue to challenge people’s understanding of art and music, it felt in perfect alignment to partner with Bianchi to launch his audiovisual collection “Senses” on Async.
Bianchi’s innovative Blueprint+, “Senses”, comes alive for the first time this week and it’s really something special. The high art collection “leans into cutting-edge technology in crypto art that also speaks to the white glove art collector,” Bianchi told us. It comprises of 950 generative audiovisual NFTs and 50 Legendary Editions (fully-animated and rare NFTs), each 1/1 Edition containing original spoken word poems, each written and performed by David Bianchi, an accompanying ambient soundtrack produced by OG Async musician PLS&TY, and a generative fractal art coded by technologist Dogan Demir.
Unlike our previous Music Blueprints launches, “h0m3w0rk” and “JANUS'', Blueprints+, which Bianchi used to create his "Senses" collection, is geared towards visual artists and allows them to add audio to visual Blueprints. His collection will be showing up in our Art Blueprints gallery as well as others who uses Blueprints+ as it becomes available on June 13th.
“Senses” takes collectors on a journey through the five human senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell – focusing on the healing of mind and spirit. The artwork contains 20 poems per human sense and 2 haikus per sense for scarcity. The colors in the visual artwork correspond to a sense: for example, red = taste and blue = sight. Each visual is generated by code extracted from data of David Bianchi’s poetry recordings. The audio element is composed of healing instrumentals in the solfeggio frequency range: the musical score denoted to each sense, aims to open up the corresponding chakra. Bianchi envisions that collectors will “wrap themselves up in this immersive audiovisual experience to listen, experience, feel and heal”.
Bianchi, who now has 15 spoken word films under his belt, first entered the NFT space in March 2021, when he minted his NFT film “I Can’t Breathe”, a reflection on being black in America following the murder of George Floyd. The spoken word art leader, who has a successful background in film and acting, now devotes the majority of his time to web3-based projects, crypto art, and building in the web3 ecosystem.
“Crypto art has opened up a deep vessel inside of me for creativity. It has motivated me in a deeper way than I have been motivated in over a decade,” said Bianchi. “The freedom that crypto art offers is like no other artistic outlet I've ever experienced. It allows you to be a self-sustaining artist, so you can tap into parts of your creative humanity you normally couldn’t access.”
So much work has been poured into the “Senses” project. Bianchi spent a lot of time researching how the human senses work from a biological and chemical perspective. “I wanted to offer some insight into some of the secrets of the human body, as well as take the listener on an introspective journey.”
Bianchi hopes collectors will approach “Senses” with an open heart, being able to “connect their feelings and emotions, rather than just looking at a piece of art,” he told us. “An individual's response to the words in music and art is contingent on their life experiences. Art travels through them reacting to their memory, their present, and their perception of the future, so the work will touch people in different ways.”
“For each of the senses, I wrote twenty poems for a total of 100 individual poems. It was an emotionally gratifying journey for me to write these words and is the first step in what could be a physical book. Within each twenty, I wrote two haikus for scarcity. Each NFT will be a marriage of a music layer, multiple visual layers, and one audio poetry layer. The Blueprints technology (based on how we arrange the rarities) will choose how often these poems appear in the collection and how.”
Bianchi has added multiple utility cases to the work, so collectors will get much more than a 1/1. Owners are granted resale and publishing rights of Bianchi’s poems during the ownership of the NFT, as well as commercial use ownership of each visual art Layer, which are downloadable on minting. “Senses” collectors will also gain first minting access to “The Sixth Sense”, and the opportunity to arrange a creative consultation with Bianchi, PLS&TY, and Dogan Demir.
Bianchi aims to deepen the connection between NFTs and “real-life” experiences. “I'm very interested in taking audiences on a journey through sound image and physical form,” he told us. Each “Senses” Edition gives the owner access to an immersive poetic IRL sound bath at a future-facing event. It also gives collectors a ticket to immersive poetic sound baths in the metaverse on Spatial. “Metaverse spaces give people around the world a chance to be part of a community ceremony, experience the poems, and join together to escape on a healing and listening journey,” explained Bianchi.
Bianchi is optimistic about the future of NFTs and blockchain technology, believing it will play into everything we do in as early as two years from now. He admits it’s hard to predict what the future of art will be, but believes “crypto art and all forms of intellectual property media will find a safe place in the NFT ecosystem”.
Finally, he leaves us with some advice for creators: “Learn about blockchain: how it works, what it means to the NFT ecosystem, and the technological advances it can support”. With this knowledge foundation, artists will find themselves inspired and ready to explore the kinds of art they can contribute to the community. “All I know is that artists that are working very hard today will have a very bright future tomorrow.”
Find out more about the Music Blueprints launch and how the tool works.