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Imogen Heap's Life Of A Song Project Shows Who Gets Paid
Ever an innovator, GRAMMY-winning musician Imogen Heap has recently been focused on creating futuristic tools to support music makers with her organization Mycelia, which bills itself as "connecting dots for music makers." They launched their latest project, "Life Of A Song," on Oct. 23, which connects the dots of the royalty data from her song "Hide And Seek."
The data for "Hide And Seek" is comprehensive over the more than 13 years since the song's release in 2005, with more than $1 million in revenues. Mycelia's Life Of A Song project breaks down the revenue flow that viewers can explore in an interactive, detailed way. The changing geometry of the visual data representation shifts, letting a user turn off different sources of revenue — such as public performances, broadcast or digital — to see how that morphs the colorful, graph.
The Life Of A Song platform fits within Heap's — and Mycelia's — larger work using blockchain, decentralized computer systems and other cutting-edge technology-based projects. She explained to Forbes that Mycelia and her passion is "about convincing the music makers to claim the space which is theirs." For Heap, that includes making this platform open source, so fairness can ultimately become a feature of future computer-based, music payment-tracking systems.
Besides being on a tour that blends speaking engagements with music performances, Heap also supplied the musical accompaniment to the play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child — a sensation in the UK and U.S. Her reworked soundtrack will be issued by Sony Music Masterworks on Nov. 2 as The Music Of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Parts One And Two In Four Contemporary Suites.