TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang
沈浸太空紀元，享受無重力狀態的悠遊，這是新加坡歌手陳傑瑞專為粉絲打造的「JERICVERSE」，一圓從小帶有憧憬的太空夢，也試圖從 NFT 的廣闊世界中注入無垠幻想，一個從零到有的領域，於此皆有可能發生。
Immerse in space and enjoy a gravity-free tour of leisure—this is the JERICVERSE created by Singaporean singer Jeric Chen, a dedication to his fans. Like fulfilling his dream to visit space, he tries to make his fantasies come true in the vast world of NFT, a place where everything is possible.
2021 年開春，陳傑瑞推出個人首支 NFT 音樂作品〈Forbidden City 紫禁城〉，在無任何預告宣傳下進行拍賣，短短兩天內被競標至十萬元台幣，成為全球第二華人音樂 NFT 藝術家，也逐漸開啟華人音樂市場的多元性。以音樂層面來說，陳傑瑞表示 NFT 改變了創作者被看見的方式，同時對新人與線上音樂人受益匪淺，不僅跳脫過往經紀公司與音樂平台的限制，於鮮為人知的畛域發揮無窮靈感，也能使大眾購入喜愛的 NFT 作品並直接給予創作者回饋。就目前觀察，他認為甫入門的音樂人最常遇到不知從何處下手、不知如何建立皮夾（加密貨幣錢包）的困境，笑說最好的辦法便是「多去嘗試，就像游泳一樣，試了才會知道。」猶如開拓無人荒地，充斥著探險感的過程，他甚是享受。
去年深受疫情影響，在家開直播與粉絲互動之餘，也讓陳傑瑞開始尋思是否有別種方式能產生雙向交流，秉著為粉絲著想的心，JERICVERSE 的概念雛形也逐漸誕生。自去年五月自己發想、製作，其浩大工程也讓擁有資工背景的陳傑瑞大呼困難，直至九月時很幸運地被大公司看見，給予資金與研發人力，更加快實現了他理想中的唯美場景。相比驚險刺激的遊戲畫面，陳傑瑞則是想打造一個充滿「慢速度」與「漂浮」的藝術空間，希望讓每一位進入 JERICVERSE 的玩家，悉心感受三維尺度裡的靜心愜意，並加入自身喜愛的視覺元素與配樂，使人忘卻世俗庸擾，耽溺於此久久無法自拔。
隨同 NFT 音樂作品的發展，背後潛藏的隱憂也逐漸浮現，先前便傳出國外有未經原創者的同意，將音樂鑄造成 NFT 並在網路上販售之案例。綜觀以上，陳傑瑞表示這是相當正常的行為，光年以外無法用現實世界的標準衡量對錯，使那些看似違法卻無可銷毀的 NFT 作品散落於區塊鏈，若平台未完善建立審查溯源的機制，勢必也將產生一大法律漏洞。提及音樂與 NFT 的未來發展，他認為往後可能推出虛擬世界的表演體驗，更大膽預估十年後 VR 將會普遍流行，亦如雲端的發展過程，「十年前根本想不到會有 NFT 的出現，十年後更難說了。」
All for the Creators
Last spring, Jeric launched his first NFT music piece “Forbidden City.” The auction carried out without prior notice and was bid up to $100,000 New Taiwanese Dollars, making him the second Asian NFT artist in the music industry who is gradually expanding the diversity of the Asian music market. In terms of making music, Jeric says that NFT has changed the way artists can gain exposure. Not only does it benefit new artists, but also breaks away from the limitations of agencies and music platforms, allowing inspiration to come to full bloom in lesser-known fields. The public is able to purchase their favorite NFTs and directly give their feedback to the artists. From his observations, Jeric realized that a lot of artists are having difficulty finding their entry way into the metaworld. In response to the dilemma of how crypto-wallet works, he chuckles and says, “It’s like swimming. Just give it a shot and try everything.” Like exploring a foreign nomansland, Jeric is enjoying the process of discoveries and the surprises it offers.
Slow and Three-Dimensional
In the wake of the pandemic, besides interacting with fans through Instagram and Facebook live, Jeric began to wonder if there are other ways to create a two-way communication—the concept behind JERICVERSE is thus born. Since last May, he began brainstorming and starting his production. Even with his background in engineering, he still found the project difficult to execute. Fortunately, a few months later, Jeric met a big company that was willing to provide him with the necessary R&D manpower and funding, which sped up the process of turning the image he had in mind into reality. In contrast to the usually thrilling game setting, he wanted to create an artistic space that runs on floatingly slow speed, so that every player who enters JERICVERSE can truly feel the meditating relaxation of the three-dimensional space. By adding visual elements and soundtrack he likes, Jeric hopes that once people enter his universe, they will forget about their troubles in reality and fully immerse themselves in a mesmerizing indulgence that will be hard to escape.
On Potential Pitfalls
With the development of NFT music continuing to rise, the potential problems behind it are also emerging. There had already been cases where music was made into NFT and sold online without consent of the original artist. Unfortunately, Jeric says such behavior isn’t surprising because the digital world cannot be measured by the standards of our reality, which is why those seemingly illegal but indestructible NFT works are scattered among the block chain. If the platforms are not implementing proper mechanisms to ensure source traceability, it will certainly create an array of legal loopholes. Speaking of the future of music and NFT, Jeric believes that it is possible to have virtual performances in the digital world. He even boldly predicts that ten years from now, virtual reality will be widely popularized in the world, similar to the development of cloud systems. “Ten years ago, there were no NFTs. Who knows what will happen in the next ten years?”