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.

Pick of the Day: Violin Tree (Plus a Sansar Store Spotlight: Galen’s Theremin)

Mikki Miles, my favourite musical instrument maker in Second Life (in-world store, SL Marketplace), has created a new Sansar experience called Violin Tree. In his description he writes:

Inspired by an 40.000 year old boneflute, found in a cave in Southern Germany, I built this island with musical instruments that are somehow familiar, but seem to have taken a bit weird development on this offshore place. It’s a work in progress, come back again! All music and sounds are produced by Mikki Miles.

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You arrive on a deserted island. To your left is what appears to be a tall tower, and to your right is a tree. As you come closer to the tower, you realize that it is, in fact. an oversize, ivy-covered flute, which plays a somewhat mournful tune as you approach and stand before it.

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When you come nearer to the tree, you see that it is growing violins! It also plays music.

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As Mikki Miles says in his description, this Sansar experience is a work in progress, so do plan to come back to see new musical creations in future!

While we are talking about musical instruments, I also wanted to showcase a particularly clever musical instrument that Galen has created and scripted, called a theremin. It’s an electronic musical instrument controlled by moving your hands around it without actually touching it.

Here is a short video I made of me playing Galen’s theremin at his Metaverse Machines Showroom (you’ll need a VR headset and hand controllers to be able to do this):

Galen’s theremin and the script used to control it are both available for free in the Sansar Store:

Galen's Theremin 17 Dec 2017

Very cool! It certainly looks like we are going to have no shortage of fun, playable musical instruments in Sansar.

Pick of the Day: Musica

Mikki Miles is a master musical instrument maker in Second Life (in-world store, SL Marketplace). Here is a picture of my medieval roleplay avatar in SL, aptly named Scarborough Fair. She is standing in a tavern at the Conquest of Elysium sim, playing her Lute Signature EX, which was created and scripted by Mikki Miles. I just love Mikki’s instruments! I own and play many of them.

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Well, Mikki Miles has come to Sansar, and he has created a wonderful experience called Musica. It’s very simple but wonderfully done! You materialize in the centre of a ring of seven spotlit instruments: an upright piano, a double bass, a drum, a trio of alphorns, a harp, a tiny calliope, and an acoustic guitar.

Musica by Mikki Miles 21 August 2017

Each instrument is playing one part of a seven-part harmony. As you approach each musical instrument, you can hear its sound more clearly. When you return to the centre spot, you can hear the entire melody in all seven parts! So simple! So wonderful!

What really adds to the playful atmosphere are animated white musical notes, rests, and clefs which bounce joyfully around in the sky above the instruments.

Go visit Mikki Miles’ Musica, and enjoy the performance! If this is just Mikki’s first experience, I predict many great things to come!

 

 

Pick of the Day: Clockworks Club Demo

I first stumbled upon the Clockworks Club Demo (created by Galen) a couple of days ago, and I thought it was really cool. It reminded me of nights when I was in my thirties, hanging out in Winnipeg’s gay bars. This could easily become a regular hang-out spot for avatars to meet, talk, and dance in the future.

(I created this video of what I see in my Oculus Rift headset using the Oculus Mirror software and the OBS software. Please be kind, I am really a clueless newbie at this, I am not a video editor, and it is sort of “gonzo” video journalism! The nightclub video screen is playing a video of DJ Tiesto spinning “Confirmation” by Fred Baker & Nyram.)

Then I discovered from his Sansar Atlas listing that every light in the nightclub is scripted (using C#) to sync up with a configurable beat rate (BPM). Cool! Sansar users can now buy Galen’s control scripts from the Sansar Store and learn how to use them in their own Sansar experiences at his web site, Metaverse Machines.