Interview with Messengers of Eden NFT

Hello partners! Today we meet with Brendan Harris, full-time web3 developer and co-founder of Messengers of Eden.

Chris: The Solana blockchain is about to witness new metadata standards for music thanks to your project. What comes with OneDropNFT?

Brendan: Music is a huge part of our lives at OneDropNFTs. However, in our experience browsing the web3 space, we noticed that music NFTs were really underrepresented. We believe this is for two reasons:

  • 1. Music NFTs are often created and consumed as mp4s. This makes your favorite tracks hard to find in albums and really restricts how you can store and listen to them.
  • 2. Art and music have always gone hand in hand. Think of the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ album cover: iconic images that elevate the music. Playing video files of static text or images overlaid with music is also not a good way to experiment.

To solve these problems, we created a metadata standard for storing MP3s of music within NFTs of images. This means that when you buy an album: You get a completely unique album cover image, containing the music inside. Navigate to our website to play the album directly from your wallet. Choose the track(s) you want to listen to, instead of fumbling with a scroll bar at the bottom of an MP4.

We are convinced that music album NFTs will be stored and consumed using this standard throughout web3 for many years to come, and we are actively working towards it.

Chris: Why is the OneDrop token unique? In other words, what sets this collection of NFTs apart from other music-based NFTs?

Brendan: Three things distinguish us:

  1. Industry Partnerships – Our co-founder Owen Murphy has been a professional artist for the last ~10 years, working with a who’s who of the biggest bands: Dead and Company, Foo Fighters, Trey Anastasio, Billy Strings, Lumineers, etc. etc. He has all the connections and partnerships to take this project into the mainstream and massively scale well beyond the web3 community once we are ready.
  2. Technology: Our generative album covers contain the music data for an individualized artistic and portable music listening experience. You will never be able to go back to MP4 to listen to music after trying our solution.
  3. Music: The crypto WAVE radio record is DOPE. It’s a retro-inspired album that I guarantee will make you smile.

Chris: So who are these Messengers from Eden? What are the different traits that make each of the 999 NFTs unique?

Brendan: The Messengers of Eden are these cute little owls that Owen has been drawing in the background of his posters for many years. Like generative album covers/posters, the images are extremely detailed line art. This is not a profile picture project, these are literal posters that should be printed at 350 DPI resolution 11×14″ or displayed in large digital photo frames.

Describing all attributes is too difficult as there are ~100 of them and they are all unique. That said, they are divided into faces, bodies, perches, bottoms, and wings. My favorite asset is called ‘Not a Fish’ it’s a 1/1000 owl perch which is a giant wall mounted dildo haha.

Chris: Interestingly enough, members of the Messengers of Eden collection can also store music. How does the token allow music storage?

Brendan: We store the mp3 files in IPFS and link them in the generative cover album metadata. Looking closely, you’ll see ‘track1’, ‘track2’, etc. in the metadata of the album cover. An analyzer searches for these keywords, analyzes the data, queries all the music files, and displays them for your listening pleasure.

Chris: Also, what functionality allows you to enjoy a wide range of music?

Brendan: The key is to scale this standard for use by other musicians and other websites to build music players to consume music NFTs directly from your wallet. This creates value for album owners and reduces friction throughout the ecosystem. We want the experience to be so simple that people don’t know they’re using Web3.

To open up the metadata standard: I’ll post a medium article and react component to NPM for others to easily embed the player on their websites. In this way, we can organically scale an album cover music NFT standard in solana (and beyond).

Chris: What is the price of a Messenger of Eden NFT? How many tokens can be minted in a single transaction?

Brendan: The price is 0.77 Sol, you can only mint one at a time. We came up with this when Sol was $100, so people are getting a great deal with Owen and me getting a big hit. A 1:1 custom poster and limited release exclusive album from crypto WAVE radio is worth $77, but we are selling it for $40 or so due to Sol price fluctuation.

Chris: Finally, what are your plans for the future of the Messengers of Eden NFT collection? How do you want to expand the NFT experience for investors?

Brendan: Owen and I are stoned and we hate rugs. I’m not going to blow asses, I’ll let the work speak for itself. That said, we have big plans to scale well beyond web3. Follow our project on Twitter and join our Discord to find out what we’re up to and join us on the journey.

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