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HMLTD have unveiled details of an ambitious project, announcing the first “ever-evolving song” with the different elements that control it to be auctioned as NFTs. With each thread of new track ‘Leaving’ repeating endlessly in cyberspace, fans will be able to alter it so that the song fundamentally changes, and becomes one of 6,400 completely different, unheard songs.

On April 26th, the band will be selling off the layers of vocals, guitar, chords, bass, drums and FX. Then, it will be up to the new owners to make the song whatever they want it to be.

HMLTD are following the likes of Kings Of Leon, Grimes, Gorillaz, Lindsay Lohan and Aphex Twin in making use of the rising NFT trend. NFTs “act like digital gold bars, rare trading cards or paintings kept in safe storage – they’re kept on the blockchain (basically a Cloud for financial assets, but where everyone with an account keeps a note of what you own) in your name but you can only sell or trade them as collectibles.”

However in going far beyond simply using NFTs to add value to records or artwork by making them collectible again, HMLTD are using the blockchain to actually create music.

“The first thing that most people had in mind [with NFTs] was ‘let’s make the things we already have unique, let’s put my little painting on the blockchain or my song on the blockchain’,” HMLTD drummer Achilleas Sarantaris. said

“That didn’t really resonate with me because that feels like a cash grab, it feels a bit gimmicky. What [programmable art start-up] Async were doing at the time was they were using the technology to provide a function for tokens as well, and I immediately thought this could be so good with music, to get the audience involved in the actual creation and the making the artwork rather than just the consumption of it.”

Explaining more about the project will work, Achilleas continued: “If you buy one of the layers, essentially you control the levers of what the song is at any given moment. So say I buy the drum layer. I can then go onto the gallery [where the master song is kept] and I can choose which drums I want there to be live right now in the master. I choose, say, the acoustic drums, and then immediately this will be reflected in the actual song and the artwork, and whoever is streaming the song at that given point will listen to the choice I made until I change my choice.”

Guitarist Duc Peterman added: “We wrote at least 300 or 400 parts for this song. We’ve written it so it can go all the way from a piano ballad to a dubstep remix and everything in between, passing through a synth pop song, going to more like Fleetwood Mac, or an ‘80s post punk song. We wanted to make sure that each different iteration actually had a massive repercussion on what the song is. It’s probably, after our album, the second most massive project we’ve ever done. An insane amount of work.”

The song, they claim, can be altered to make over 6,400 completely different songs in different styles. “Not just trivially different from one another but a thousand different songs, essentially,” said singer Henry Spychalski. “There are hundreds of versions of those songs which we’ve never heard ourselves, but they exist in potentiality. It’s very likely that most of the different iterations and versions that the song goes through in its lifetime will be ones that we’ve never heard before. It’s a permanently evolving dynamic artwork that’s never in a stable state. What we’re doing is taking the core tenet of the blockchain, which is decentralisation, and we’re applying it to artistic creation and authorship itself.”

Check out the exclusive trailer for the project above,

HMLTD’s ‘Leaving’ NFT auction will take place on April 26.