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Muse/SoundDAC / MUSE Witnesses
« on: October 15, 2015, 05:38:50 pm »
Anyone express an interest in being a Witness for MUSE when it launches on the 26th?

Anyone have recommendations on who would be a badass at the job? If so, link them to this thread!

Technical Support / BitShares 2.0 whitepaper?
« on: October 11, 2015, 10:52:25 pm »
Is there one? Or Is anyone working on one?

Muse/SoundDAC / MUSE LOGO (suggestions from community)
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:09:29 pm »
Hi guys, pretty self explanatory.

Any ideas for a MUSE logo?

In a nutshell, it aims to be the foundation on which the new entertainment industry would build off of.
Does not need to be ultra music centric. It should be attractive to music yes, but to anyone that has a fan base.
Talent discovery
Fan engagement
Transfer of wealth in the entertainment business.

Logo! LOGO!

Muse/SoundDAC / Back from Boston
« on: October 05, 2015, 06:14:06 pm »
This is a short update. Sorry I didn't take any pictures at this event.

We started off thursday night at a cocktail + diner for all the speakers and panelists. Was great to meet all of the attendees, a bunch of well connected individuals as far as the music industry goes. A few of them were at MIDEM last june and recognized us and "the P" haha

The next day was the actual event. The morning was a bunch of Panel talks, the one Eddie was on was crazy! It was almost a reality show lol. Eddie wanted to steer it towards laymen's terms but the moderator tried to bring it into cryptoland. The audience wanted to hear Eddie talk and see our MUSE infographic since 95% of the audience had no idea what the concept of a blockchain even was. All in all that "trainwreck" of a panel was GREAT for us since everyone wanted to speak to us the entire afternoon to learn more about "what that guy (moderator) wouldn't let the panelist touch on"
Although hilarious and entertaining, I initially saw the panel as a negative for us. I was incredibly/pleasantly surprised by everyone's reaction afterwards! We got so many more speaking opportunities because of it! So I guess we should thank that moderator for Jerry Springer-ing it up!

The afternoon was a workshop for multiple little groups to try and solve the music industries problems. We instead took the time to mingle with the cool kids and that really paid off. Near the end they opened up the bar and the networking was cranked up a notch!

Very productive event overall. The PeerTracks team came out of this much stronger, with a few potential new players and partners. It was in my opinion even more valuable to us than MIDEM, and that was HUGE.

Now we are preparing for the next event in Washington DC on the 26th and 27th. They will see "The P" there again, only this time we will have launched the famed MUSE blockchain! We aren't just talking pie in the sky theory here, WE WILL HAVE DONE IT!

Muse/SoundDAC / NOTE Snapshot and MUSE launch date!
« on: October 05, 2015, 05:13:34 pm »
Hi everyone!

I’ll first begin with the big news. Sticky-worthy news. I’ll make a separate post to describe what went on in Boston for those that are interested.


Prepare yourselves for the Snapshot! It will take place October 13th, the same time as the BitShares 0.9. to BitShares 2.0 Snapshot. To make it easier for everyone, including devs, there will be JUST ONE SNAPSHOT to worry about, and that, I repeat, will be on the 13th of October.
So make sure your Notes are off the (centralized) exchanges and into your personal BitShares wallets by that date.

Those that weren’t aware, you should upgrade your BitShares desktop client from 0.9.2 to 0.9.3. The reason being it will be easier to import your private keys to the Graphene chain (MUSE) when the time comes.

So in a Nutshell:
  • Go to and download BitShares 0.9.3
  • Then, if you have Notes on an external/centralized exchange, go to that/those exchanges and transfer all Notes to your own wallet (version 0.9.3.)
  • Once your Notes are in your possession, in your new desktop wallet, click “File” and “Export Wallet” and save that .json file to your computer (or somewhere super duper trooper safe)
    This is the file you will need to import in the MUSE wallet.

MUSE will be launched on October 26th!

So get the word out to all your crypto connections. We will require Witnesses and Committee Advisers to “run” the chain. We will also need some traders to start a market for muse_USD. We also want exchanges to list MUSE to enable as many onramps as possible for the crypto trading crowd.
Our partners at CCEDK have already committed to listing the Muse core asset on both its centralized exchange service and Open Ledger.

You can also reach out to any press contact you know of and tell them the news. Tell them to message me directly to get the info straight from the source and ask a me bzillion questions if they so desire. Give them the info at peertracks dot com email address or the cedric at peertracks dot com email address.

Let’s make a splash!

Please note that this does not mean that the full-blown PeerTracks website will be released and operational by the 26th. We still have some work to do on that side. But we will be able to start signing up artists, create their Notes and have them trading on the REAL chain.

The take away from all this?
Snapshot on the 13th of October
MUSE launch on the 26th of October
Basic invite-only PeerTracks platform to test out the final MUSE Graphene chain with pioneer artists!

More updates coming very soon!

Muse/SoundDAC / Shipping out to Boston!
« on: September 29, 2015, 02:43:06 pm »
Eddie and I are Shipping out to Boston  in two days to attend the Fair Music Public Forum held by Berklee’s Rethink Music.

A bunch of people are meeting to discuss this paper and to find a solution to the problems of the music world.

Well we pretty much have it. And want to explain how MUSE works and announce when it will officially launch.
Should be interesting!

Will update you in about 7 days once the dust as settled.

Muse/SoundDAC / September update
« on: September 08, 2015, 10:35:11 pm »
Hi everyone, here’s the September micro-update I promised you guys yesterday.

As you already know, BitShares 0.X was not quite enough for PeerTracks to be able to make use of in a consumer-facing website for non-crypto heads. So Eddie flew up to Virginia last month to spend a couple days with the Cryptonomex team.
Great things came out of that short trip!
We’ve figured out a way to launch sooner than expected by focusing on the creation and selling of Artists UIAs, which is the essence of this whole project.
This short-term pivot had the consequence of creating a template for any an all celebrities to create their own UIA – all without extra work.
I love how every time we hit a little bump in the road, the project’s potential grows from the solutions we find.

We’ve also figured out a way to get major music catalogs on board from the start, by not being an obligatory streaming platform, but by being a retail outlet, fan engagement and fundraising platform that can make them a LOT of money… Of course opting in to streaming is but one click away now that their music is already on our servers for retailing purposes. (Is there a Trojan horse emoticon?)

Just to clarify, anyone can allow streaming of their music/podcasts/audiobooks from the get-go if they hold their own copyrights, but instead of turning away the major labels (that usually demand upfront cash and stock among other things) we can now accept their catalogs for retail and create profiles and UIAs for all their artists – added value to them.

So just know this.
  • There will soon be a way for anybody with a fan base to engage them via the creation and sale of his/her own UIA – no need to be a musician.
  • There will be a music centric App called PeerTracks (which you’ve seen a leaked screenshot from!) that focuses on music retail, music streaming and talent discovery. This is still our Beachhead market of course.

All using the MUSE blockchain – the backbone to the new entertainment industry

In other news, we are attending the Fair Music Public Forum held by Berklee’s Rethink Music on October 2nd in Boston.
A lot of big players will be attending since the focus can be summed up as “solving the problems of the music industry probably using blockchain technology” haha. Naturally, we will show up to the event!

I’ve also been asked to speak at the Future of Music Coalition on the "New Adventures in Direct to Fan" panel, set for 10:05-11:05am on Tuesday, October 27. The conference takes place Oct-26, 27 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

And to those that where wondering, MUSE will be launched shortly after BitShares 2.0 since:
  • There’s already a bunch of BitShares delegates ready to rock and roll on the new Graphene chain
  • There’s already a large tech-savvy community that can help test the live chain and bug report
Once smooth, MUSE will be launched – expect a 3-4 week delay between both launches

You’ll be able to see the basic PeerTracks Web App in action and the Entertainment Wallet in action before MUSE launches.

That’s it for the micro-update. This is probably the last time I'll make an update without showing off what we have. In fact, we'll very soon need you guys to take PeerTracks and MUSE for a spin.

Thanks again for your eternal patience!

Muse/SoundDAC / Micro update
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:24:23 pm »
Hey everyone,
micro update time!

We are currently responding to all the people we met at MIDEM. Specifically those who are interested in porting over their catalogs to PeerTracks. At present, we are set up for individual artists to create accounts and then manually upload their music. So we must develop a way to port in entire catalogs from labels. We are writing some scripts that can allow us to do so efficiently... if only the music industry had standards!

Regarding development
We originally were waiting for Bitshares 1.0 however, the front end had not been tested – we did showcase a very basic working model at the Texas Bitcoin Association in Austin back in March of this year. Now we have developed a successful in-house blockchain prototype and have merged the web app with the prototype chain that was custom written and has all the features PeerTracks needs.
During this time we were made aware that the Bitshares team was developing something big  – GRAPHENE as we now know it today – I am very happy to say that the wait and implementation of PeerTracks into GRAPHENE will put PeerTracks on steroids!

The original plan was to have the prototype blockchain plug into PeerTracks and have our proof of concept with only a few users on there. This could have helped us in securing new funding and at getting media attention since we would no longer just be talking the talk, we would be walking the walk.
We would then have had to switch to a more powerful blockchain and who knows what could have happened during that transition. We did not want to give a bad user experience to our non-crypto users ^^
So I am happy to say that we are going DIRECTLY to the Ferrari, aka the MUSE blockchain (made from Graphene's toolkit)
We are coming out of the gates with an already fast and scalable product. Features that were going to be implemented "eventually" will be implemented NOW.

We are now taking interest in those who want to be the first to use the PeerTracks platform on a test basis. If you or a friend's performing band wants in on this exclusive release please email us [email protected] with "being a tester" as subject line. We need bands with a solid fan base.
In order for us to make this a great product, we need transactions i.e. buyers of tokens, downloads, streamers etc.

As I've mentioned before, we have weathered the storm of declining BTC prices and all the expenses we have incurred to this point so we will be coming to the end of our rope on the funds that amassed during the pre-sale – again no need to panic our CEO is putting in his own money like he did before to tie us over so, no worries there.
We are now preparing plans for a possible (probable!) private round of funding into the PeerTracks corporation to take this to the next level.

Getting the word out.... soon :)
And finally (I'm sure a bunch of you are waiting for the green light on this) it will soon be time to get the word out – big plans are scheduled for all the major music outlets, both online and print media, as well as participating in the major music festivals. We are creating teaser and explainer videos, new (more detailed!) content for sites, etc.
The time has come to educate the public on how to use this extraordinary music platform and the benefits it can bring to the entire music industry.

Muse/SoundDAC / Monetizing of PeerTracks and MUSE *suggestion thread*
« on: July 17, 2015, 05:34:09 pm »
Hi everyone!

As most of you must know, PeerTracks is a music streaming/retail website that allows for P2P talent discovery and fan engagement for musicians, podcasters, audiobook authors, etc.

It will be free to use and we do not want to have audio advertisement in there.
Anything the consumer finds "annoying as fuuuuu" should be eliminated. We don't want to drive consumers towards piracy. We want to monetize as much as possible so that artists can make a living doing what they do best.

We are approaching the final stages of development but still want feedback from this genius community (:

So here is the question. Be as creative as you want. If your idea is "dumb" say it anyway, it might trigger another path to new folder in somebody's brain!

What do you think is a good monetization technique for a site like ours? Remember, no audio ads!

Note that you can tie it to the MUSE blockchain as well. Meaning, you can make use of MUSE in order to monetize PeerTracks.

And I know what some of you are thinking "I don't want to monetize PeerTracks, I want to monetize MUSE!"
Yes of course! But PeerTracks is the first face - the portal - through which everyone will interact at first. It must be able to pay good money to artists! We need traffic, income and HAPPY, WELL PAID USERS!
If we have that, then the MUSE blockchain will prove a success and grow. Other companies will want to make use of this P2P network that has ALREADY been developed and will be able to plug in freely. Just as the Bitcoin companies all plug into the Bitcoin blockchain freely.

We are open to suggestions to the monetization of PeerTracks, the face of the MUSE blockchain. PeerTracks needs to be profitable so we can pay our users and make the blockchain synonymous with "awesome".

Muse/SoundDAC / Road map
« on: June 16, 2015, 07:21:37 pm »
Hi everyone!

I updated the forums yesterday with a 30 000 foot view of the inner workings of PeerTracks. A few of you had time to read through it and even comment on it. Well, our legal team urged us to take it down, as it was “suicide at a time like this!”
After having been at MIDEM and getting our name out there, more then a couple of our competitors must be watching us very closely… especially their tech/innovation departments.

I thought I’d turn this into good news and get you guys a general road map for the few months to come! Legal team is fine with us disclosing our road map, just not details on the functionality of it all.

We are currently testing and will be launching a consumer-facing product very soon!

That’s right, despite all the hurdles we’ve face since early 2014, we finally have the finish line in sight.
Like everyone else in this space, Bitcoin’s drop in price hit us hard. BTC declined from the 400 levels to about where we sit today at the 230 levels accounting for about a 50% drop.
Then there were legal fees of course and plenty of consulting fees.
We also thought BitShares would be good enough for us to use this February… That delayed us quite a bit as well.

Luckily everything appears to be working out amazingly.
We hired Nikolai (Toast) a few months back and he has been a great help so far.
We have the PeerTracks CEO who’s always willing to throw in an infusion of capital if ever the need arises. Just like he did in Feb 2014 when he put in 50k from his own pocket! That’s how confident he is in the project. So rest assured that our finances can take us all the way to launch (:
And finally, more good news, Cryptonomex released Graphene with perfect timing and it appears to blow everything out there out of the water!
Issues just seem to work themselves out and we are much more robust and better off after every hurdle.

We also wanted to take this time to clear up any confusion regarding the scope of the project.  Hop on the time machine friends!
Before PeerTracks was even named, it was suggested that we get a consumer facing front-end built and use a simple fork of BitShares to plug into it. I fished out the thread and the exact post that kicked me into actually implementing the idea of doing something with BitShares and Music:

Ok... here's the deal, I want your site created and I want it to use my Radio DAC as the back-end. 

If you can find a team and start building the website I would fund the backend DAC.   This is actually a great proposal for a Shark Tank competition. 

You combine your website with the radio station / juke box and you will have a viral system that could give Pandora a run for its money.

Now the project has evolved (IMMENSELY!) since then; we are no longer simply forking BitShares but building a more music industry specific blockchain. Meaning there will be both a unique blockchain and a front-end website bringing it (and Notes!) value from launch.

So where does the music project stand now?

The blockchain that was originally referred to as BitShares Music is now called Muse.
The Muse blockchain will be released in stages.

Our private beta implementation is called Prelude. This is what the platform is connected to right now. It is invite-only to a small number of each type of user: artist, content manager, music listener, trader and advertiser.  We encourage any Note holders to submit bands or any performing artist for consideration.

Prelude is implemented as a dynamic contract system in Solidity, meaning it can run on any EVM blockchain. This approach allowed us to reach the prototype and testing phase much faster.
Notes are not on Prelude and the USDs are not actual BitUSDs, but merely crypto-tokens that represent crypto-USD for testing purposes. Also, Prelude is not scalable for millions of users.

Prelude is available NOW for developers only.

Muse will be the real deal. It will be built from the Graphene tool kit and so have all the features BitShares 2.0 will have; 100 000 transactions per second, scalable to millions of users, a web wallet from the get go and a solid market engine with it’s own USD smartcoin.
Notes are the underlying unit of the Muse blockchain. Muse is a system secured by delegated proof-of-stake, meaning there is a single global database state that is operated in a decentralized manner and is controlled by owners of Notes. Modifying the database consumes Notes, and so demand for Notes is tied to demand for being able to modify this database.

As far as timelines go, expect Muse to launch less than a month after BitShares 2.0
We will most likely be contracting Cryptonomex to make a few tweaks to Muse in order to take advantage of their expertise in Graphene.

During that time, we will have had 60 days of user testing on PeerTracks using Prelude. The basic front-end platform that is PeerTracks is essential to test out the blockchain and how non-crypto users interact with it. This basic version of PeerTracks is the springboard that will catapult Muse/Notes to the very top of It will also act as a use case for blockchains and be a model for other companies to plug into Muse.
At that point, Muse will be it’s own entity with it’s own delegates, witnesses and workers, totally in control of the Note holders.
PeerTracks wanting to stay competitive, will most likely seek funding through traditional methods and seek to be the most dominant music service on the planet.

It’s going to be a great summer!

Greetings everyone!
So the PeerTracks team is back from MIDEM, which took place in Cannes, France June 5th to 8th.
I had been invited to speak on the Digital Disruptors panel and so we decided to make the most out of it and sponsored the Billboard Breakfast honouring Doug Morris.
That decision really paid off!

The logo was everywhere and the entire team (including Taulant from BitSapphire, which acts as our external CTO) had access to all the side events, which are VIP and invite only. Meaning we where mingling with the heads of the music industry for a few days.

The first day we arrived and mostly stayed at our Pod since tons of people kept stopping by and asking for more information.

One of the reason we got so much traffic at our booth is because we had invested in a greeter. She ended up being worth every penny! She basically walked around the entire event speaking to attendees and letting them know there’s a new service out there that lets you retain 95%+ of your sales earnings, pays you instantly and automatically pays out all rights holders… directly (without going through middlemen).
That got people’s attention.

Once at our Pod, we got to explain the entire concept in further detail.  The artists really liked the token creation / P2P talent discovery part as well.

On the second day, we attended the invite only, Pepsi sponsored breakfast where L.A. Reid and Frank Cooper spoke.

Once again, the PeerTracks guys were among giants of the business! Eddie got to reunite with some old friends from his days in the music industry. Here he is with Seymour Stein (they one that signed Madonna)

That evening, we were invited to a (you guessed it) invite only VIP cocktail and diner that had a strict (dark suit) dress code. The reason for the dress code being the president of Armenia was there and gave a talk.
Here are Eddie and I with Serzh Sargsyan:

On the third morning, we headed down to the Billboard breakfast honouring Doug Morris that PeerTracks sponsored.

This was also an invite only breakfast and only the big players were in attendance.

Here's Eddie at the breakfast with L.A. Reid and Doug Morris.

Eddie got to speak about PeerTracks before introducing the man, Doug Morris, himself. More then a few people appeared to be wondering “What the hell is this PeerTracks I keep seeing everywhere!?!”

You couldn't miss it haha

Right after the breakfast I had to race back to the Palais des Festivals since I was speaking on the Digital Disruptors panel.

The talk went well, even though it focused a little bit too much on payment for my liking (:
You can watch the entire 50 minute talk here:

On the final evening, we went out. All MIDEM attendees got free entry to an Irish pub, which was great since the networking took on a whole other level… Guinness assisted networking.

(sorry for cutting you out Charles! Best pic I could use)
Very fun and very promising since everyone was much more relaxed, open and friendly. The “work hard” part was done, it was “play hard” time for all. And that attitude actually made work (networking) even better.

I personally did not sleep that night. I made my way back to the Airbnb apartment around 5:45 am and was picked up a 6am and driven to the airport for my 8 am flight.

Quite an event!

Muse/SoundDAC / Back from MIDEM (pre-announcements)
« on: June 10, 2015, 07:18:48 pm »
Hey everyone.

I just want to say to those that are anxious about updates that I am back in Québec and am wrapping my head around everything that happened during our long weekend at MIDEM.
I have a ton of stuff to follow up on!

I'm writing this to let you all know that I will be writing 2-3 updates.

1. will be more general and fun. Just a "what happened in Cannes" type of post.
2. Will be the whole PeerTracks model. From fan to artist to advertiser. Just explaining to you guys how the whole thing works and why we chose this route, the problems it solves, etc.
3. The blockchain side. Where it we are at now and what the road map is for the next few months. Long awaited no doubt... sorry for the understatement...

There will be a few days between each one of these. The blockchain one might take a wee bit longer since BitShares 2.0 popped up... let's just say it changes the game a little and we have to re-examine a few things before I post anything.

June = forum info leak haha

Thanks for your patience!

Muse/SoundDAC / MIDEM is going to be HUGE!
« on: May 27, 2015, 04:36:23 pm »
Check this out:

We are getting so much out of MIDEM already.

We have been invited to (and will be attending!) all the VIP, invite only, events and cocktail parties.
We can put out our ads and logo everywhere.
We can present what PeerTracks is to an invite only VIP breakfast attended by the captains of industry.

All in all.... pretty damn exciting.

Muse/SoundDAC / PeerTracks is going to MIDEM!
« on: May 07, 2015, 07:41:46 pm »
Hello everyone!

Well, it’s May and we have some exciting news for you. We have been asked to speak at MIDEM! I will be on the “Digital Disruptor” discussion panel on June 7th in Cannes, France.
For those that aren’t aware, MIDEM is an event attended by all the big players in the music industry. From labels to publishers to advertisers from all over the world. It’s not a simple conference either; it was set up with the purpose of establishing deals between all who attend. MIDEM provides meeting rooms for the sole purpose of seeing important B2B relationships to take root at the event.

PeerTracks intends to conquer at this conference! The goal is to show the music world how we took bleeding edge technology and turned it into the saviour of the music industry.
We said we were taking this technology OUTSIDE of the crypto world and that’s precisely what we are doing in exactly one month.

Our MVP will be ready by that time and we can take people out for a spin of the platform. None of that “Show me when it’s ready, then we’ll talk” talk.

Apologies for the short and few updates but we are very focused in doing as promised:
-Protecting these ideas from the powerful players that could use them against us
-Bringing this technology and community into the mainstream!

After MIDEM, so many things could change that it’s impossible for me to predict the next couple of months. Exciting times for this community!

Thanks again for the support and a special thanks to Xeroc for urging me to update the forums!  ;)

General Discussion / Notes are liquid and tradable
« on: April 11, 2015, 05:01:31 pm »
To those that weren't aware, Notes are a UIA on the BitShares blockchain and can be traded on the internal market.

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