Second Life Machinima: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

The following wonderful machinima (i.e., a video made within Second Life) is by Tiara Ashley, who has a whole YouTube channel full of cleverly-made music videos:

I first heard about Tiara’s work via Wagner James Au of New World Notes. And I agree with Wagner; more people need to know about this! So I am blogging her video here.

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REMINDER: The Voices of Sansar Talent Competition Starts Today!

An update to my earlier blogpost about the Voices of Sansar talent competition, to be held at Alfy’s Arena Live Music Stage in Sansar. He had to push back the start date, and the first round of judging of the musical artists will take place today, Saturday, May 12th.

Here’s a link to the event in the Sansar Events listings. See you there, right after Atlas Hopping!

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Sansar Store Spotlight: GotMojo Musical Instruments

GranddadGotMojo has just released what I believe to be the first line of playable musical instruments in Sansar. He has listed them all for sale in his store, GotMojo Interactive Music:

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There’s a steel pan drum, a regular drum set, a Hammond organ, a grand piano, a Moog synthesizer, a drum machine—even a boombox with 40 jam tracks! And he has also put working models of all his instruments in his new Sansar experience, called GotMojo Interactive Musical Instruments:

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To try them out, stand on the red pad in front of each musical instrument. Give it a few seconds to load, and then use your keyboard to play musical notes!  Granddad explains:

The Stand Alone Instruments are played using the PC Keyboard. The top row of numbers 1 to 0, the keypad numbers 0 – 9, the Shift Key plus the top row numbers 1 to 0 and the Shift Key plus the keypad numbers 0 to 9. This means that you can play up to 40 notes using the PC keyboard.

For example, here is a chart on the wall showing you what keys control various sounds on the drum kit:

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To learn more about what you can do, check out the wiki that GranddadGotMojo created to support these products. They are quite detailed, and explain exactly how to set the musical scale, octaves, volume, and pan of each instrument.

You can buy and install these playable musical instruments in your own Sansar experience, following the step-by-step instructions GraddadGotMojo has prepared. There’s a fair bit of setup involved, but Granddad walks you through it all.

Second Life and Sansar Musical Artists: Compete in the Voices of Sansar Contest!

Wolfie Performs at Alfy's Stage 10 Mar 2018

Alfy, who has been busy bringing in musical artists to perform at his Arena Live Music Stage in Sansar, has announced a new competition called the Voices of Sansar! The contest seems to be directed towards Second Life performers, but really it’s open to anybody who wants to compete.

The grand prize, according to Alfy, is L$50,000 (although why the prize would be awarded in Linden dollars when the contest is in Sansar is bit of a mystery to me. Maybe because right now it’s easier to pay avatars in Second Life than in Sansar? That must be it. Anyways, it works out to US$200, which is a nice prize.

If you wish to enter the competition, you can sign up on Alfy’s Arena Live Music Stage FaceBook page between April 10th and 18th, by leaving your name and a link to your web page so people can listen to your music. (If you haven’t already, you will need to sign up for a Sansar account since, obviously, you will be appearing in-world to perform.)

On April 19th, Facebook users vote on who gets to enter the Voices of Sansar competition, and the top twelve performers get entered into the contest.

Over the next three weeks, the chosen artists will perform and the judges will vote.

1st week: On April 21st at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time/Sansar Time, 12 performers will sing and 6 will be chosen to continue.

2nd week: On April 28th at 1:00 p.m., 6 performers will sing and 3 will be chosen to continue.

3rd weeK: On May 5th at 1:00 p.m., the last 3 performers will sing and a winner will be chosen!

Voices of Sansar Image 8 Apr 2018

 

Using Second Life As My Radio Station

Over the past several years I have noticed myself using Second Life for a particular, rather peculiar purpose, one that I certainly didn’t intend to use it for at first, and one that I’m sure Linden Lab didn’t forsee either. I find myself dressing up my avatar, visiting a club, turning up the sound on my speakers, and then heading for the sofa to put my feet up with my iPad to read or browse Reddit and simply listen to some music. In other words, Second Life has become my radio station!

Sometimes I’m in the mood for some classic, romantic standards, and so I throw on an elegant ballgown and some expensive-looking jewelry, and strike a pose at the side of the dancefloor at Frank’s Place Jazz Club (despite the name, they don’t play jazz that often). I never go to Frank’s to dance; I go to listen to the music. I don’t need to be sitting at my computer to do that. As long as I meet their formal dress code, I can stand there and listen as long as I want; sometimes I plant myself there all day while I am doing other things!

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Other times, I’ll decide to throw on a daring little minidress and visit FMD to listen to a stream of music that would not be out of place in a hip, fashionable modern club scene. It’s not music I would listen to on a regular radio station at all, but sometimes I’m in the mood for something different.

And on another day, and I’ll be in jeans and a leather jacket at Big Daddy’s 80’s Club or Muddy’s Music Café, listening to the music stream there.

Do you use Second Life as a radio station too? Leave a comment to let me know where you like to listen. I’m always open to new suggestions!

Atlas Hopping with Berry and Drax, Episode 29!

It’s that time again!

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The Ship, Balloon, and Airship of the Radioactive Island

Today we visited the following four Sansar experiences:

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Wolfie plays and sings at the Arena Live Music Stage

Wolfie Performs at Alfy's Stage 10 Mar 2018

Strawberry’s livestream is here:

And Drax’s livestream is here:

High Fidelity Hijinks: DJ Phlash at Rust Nightclub

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Note: This is the first in a new category of blogposts about events in High Fidelity, which I have decided to call “High Fidelity Hijinks”. (I’m not sure I’ll keep the name, but it works for now. It’s sufficiently alliterative.)

Yesterday evening I visited the Rust domain in High Fidelity, where I joined about thirty other avatars who were dancing to music spun by DJ Phlash. Apparently, he performs every Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

The evening was notable for the presence of High Fidelity CEO Philip Rosedale (he’s on the far left in the picture above), the founder of Second Life. The avatars present were able to dance by clicking on the coloured square tiles beneath them (unfortunately, you could only do this in desktop mode; it didn’t work when in a VR headset).

I also was able to use HiFi’s new ability to directly pay another avatar in order to “tip” DJ Phlash 100 HFC (High Fidelity Coins, the in-world currency in HiFi). I really have no idea if that amount was too much or not enough; it’s kind of hard to judge what a currency is worth when it’s so brand-new, and there are so few things to buy!

High Fidelity has been very generous in giving out HFC to its users: I got 10,000 HFC when I first set up my wallet as part of the beta test, and I just got another 5,000 HFC when the person-to-person payment system was launched. (Note that only users with pre-existing High Fidelity accounts got these HFC grants. As far as I am aware, newly-created HiFi accounts don’t qualify for them.)

All in all, it was a fun evening!

UPDATE Feb. 13th: I have decided to rename this new category High Fidelity Highlights, rather than High Fidelity Hijinks.