Ryuichi Sakamoto's musical NFTs up for sale

Japan's very own Ryuichi Sakamoto has released NFTs of his music.
December 21, 2021 - Staff writer

Regarded as one of the most influential musicians globally, the composer's musical NFT collection will be put up for sale on the NFT marketplace, Adam byGMO.


The collection consists of all 595 musical notes from Sakamoto's famous composition, 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence,' which were separated into individual notes and turned into NFTs. Each digital music note comes with an image of the music sheet for the bar containing the corresponding note.


The NFTs were created from Ryuichi Sakamoto's performance of "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence," which was played at Tokyo's Bunkamura Studio in July this year. This is the only work by Sakamoto this year, as he is currently battling an illness.


Each NFT is listed as JP ¥10,000 (US$87.92). The collection would be open for bidding on Adam byGMO from December 21 to December 23, 2021, and payments can be made with a credit card or bank deposit in Japanese Yen and Ethereum (ETH).


As part of this project, Ryuichi Sakamoto also put up the only existing handwritten music sheet of the performance for sale. The bidding price starts at JP ¥100,000 (US$879.14), and it will be open from December 24 to December 25.


First-time buyers of the NFTs would be gifted a limited download link to the full version of "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence," and they would be eligible to join the auction for the handwritten music sheet.


The 595 NFT notes of the "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" auction are from December 21 to December 23, 2021, opening each day at 7:00 PM (JST time).


The auction for the handwritten music sheet of "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence," starts from 12 AM (JST) December 24 to 11:59 PM (JST) December 25, 2021.


The NFTs are available for global purchase, but due to certain GDPR technicalities, users from Europe would not be able to participate in the auction.


Photo: Ryuichi Sakamoto


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