The world of blockchain technology continues to push the boundaries of innovation, and the latest development is set to harmonize the blockchain with the art of music creation. An unprecedented move has been made on bitcoin blockchain, marking it with a song engine called “Descent Into Darkness Music Engine” which shows an endless range of possibilities when art and technology come together.
Recursion inscriptions, which have recently been developed in the Ordinals Community, allow this remarkable achievement to be achieved. In the same way as NFTs, aliases were able to designate different data file formats on a Bitcoin blockchain and extend its use in other ways than just transactions. With recursive inscriptions, the Ordinals are now able to communicate with each other and create interconnected projects and applications.
Developed by the pseudonymous indie developer Ratoshi, the Descent Into Darkness Music Engine serves as a companion to Ratoshi’s text-based RPG of the same name. Ratoshi was able to create a collection of retro inspired “chiptune” tracks which can be instantly produced by anyone, through the input of several keywords, using OpenAI’s ChatGPT capabilities. As a result of this particular combination of Blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, we have produced an innovative music experience paying tribute to the classical sound of old video games.
A significant limitation of Bitcoin’s blockchain, the storage capacity, has also been addressed by the introduction of recursive inscriptions. It has proved difficult to classify massive projects on the Blockchain when 4MB of block storage capacity is limited. However, recursive inscriptions make it easier for developers to retrieve data from a prescribed object and thus significantly reduce the size of subsequent entries. This breakthrough is more than a boost for storage efficiency, but it also mitigates costs associated with the implementation of OnChainscribing projects. No longer can developers use layer 2 solutions for scaling inscription data at the base blockchain layer.
Ratoshi shared that recursive inscriptions are helping to reduce costs significantly, as opposed to paying substantial network charges for each inscription on a larger scale project. Developers can save significant amounts of Bitcoins in the long run, when they pay little to no fee for further inscriptions. This newfound affordability will lead the way to a new wave of innovativeness in the Ordinals community, as developers are given access to fresh opportunities for media and applications on Bitcoin’s blockchain.
The potential impact of recursive inscriptions extends beyond music creation. The use of this feature in different projects has already been observed by the Ordinals community. The NFT OnChainMonkey project is using recursive inscriptions to create 3D artwork on-chain with an inscription size below 1 KB. It demonstrates the scale and flexibility of recursive inscriptions, providing a space for creativity and experimentation.
The Ordinals, a new game which was launched this year by Casey Rodarmor, has been rapidly growing in popularity. Leveraging a loophole in Bitcoin’s 2021 Taproot upgrade, Ordinals have introduced a flourishing economy of NFT-like asset trading on Bitcoin, with more than 14.6 million Ordinals inscribed to date. The increasing interest and acceptance of blockchain technology for art and property is illustrated by this rise in activity.
The inclusion of music production using on-chain technologies is an important step forward, as the Blockchain ecosystem continues to evolve. The Descent Into Darkness Music Engine serves as a testament to the endless possibilities that emerge when innovative minds explore the intersection of blockchain, music, and art. We’re going to see even more progress, pushing the limits of what is possible in this digital world, with recursive inscriptions revolutionizing how information can be stored and shared on a Bitcoin blockchain.
Choy, D. (2023, July 3). Now you can create tunes via Bitcoin with an on-chain music engine. Decrypt. https://decrypt.co/147234/create-songs-on-bitcoin-ordinals-music-engine