Posts Tagged ‘Second Life’

shivers

Those who are Second Life savvy,  come by Shiver’s Summer Jam on Sunday, August 11th at 12:00 PM PST to hear Shot in the Dark play a short set.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Miami%20Beach/43/222/22

Second Life is free to join, although a little tricky to navigate when you first start.  You can set up an account and download the viewer here www.secondlife.com .  Should my post inspire you to check it out, feel free to look me up in-world under my avatar name, Demolicious Wonder.

 

 

The heavy rains in my area have caused water to  seep into my studio/rehearsal space and I’ve had no choice but to tear down all my equipment and begin the process of ripping up the soaked carpet to see what’s going on and how it can be fixed.  This leaves me with nowhere to practice, and of course with my contrary nature, I want to practice now more than ever since it’s not an option.  I’ve even got new songs in my head dying to get out but they will have to wait.

In the meantime, I threw together this video in an effort to feel like I can still be creative.  I’m always torn about throwing things together.  Truth be told, I’m an idea person, but I’ve figured out that it’s the execution that counts.  Some people have a natural instinct for knowing when their work is polished; I remain a diamond in the rough and perhaps will always be just that.  This video is a perfect example of less than perfect pieces coming together to make . . . less than perfect art from a less than perfect artist.

On a side note, I realized only after I made the video (filmed in Second Life) that my virtual self is hanging out in a virtual studio, perhaps of my subconscious longing to have my real studio back.

Enjoy!

Wednesday night found me on the other side of the Bay Bridge on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland where I discovered a cozy little dive called The Stork Club.  It’s true, I had booked a show at a venue sight unseen and I was thrilled to find a nice large room with a working video projector, a pull down screen at the back of the stage, and a very accomodating sound person who upon seeing my set up suggested I check out Amy X. Neuberg, Polly Moller and Joan La Barbara.   Although a lot of my friends couldn’t make it out that night, it still turned out to be a great evening.  My set went off really well, Snow Angel did not dissappoint, Ziva Hadar was effortlessly amazing, and Silent Motif had us all dancing to their other-worldly beats.

Snow Angel

Ziva

Silent Motif

You can still catch me live online this weekend.  I’ll be broadcasting into the virtual world of Second Life twice tomorrow (Sunday 2/25), once at 1 pm PST at The Notes Shack Pub,  and then in the evening at 9:30 pm PST as part of the Metaverse Music Expo. Signing up for Second Life is free, but if you want nice shoes, it will cost you!

In the past 72 hours I have:

– Donated supplies to the Occupy San Franciso base camp.

– Eaten wasabi coated roasted seaweed. Yum!

– Been amazed at how well my 4 yr old can swing on his own.

– Completed 7 videos to accompany my live performance at El Rio on Tuesday October, 4th (7 pm sharp, in case you are wondering).

– Engaged in melee combat with 4 other fighters, all of us armed with bokkens.  I was defeated in every single round.

– Completed many loads of laundry and dishes.

– Practiced music for my El Rio show and also the show I will be playing in Second Life tomorrow afternoon.

– Promised my 11 yr old that this afternoon when he gets home from school I will play the level of VVVVVV he created.

– Hiked up Mori Point and marveled at the color of the ocean.

– Read about an Oklahoma woman, a mother to 11 children, who is now attending  Harvard and thought to myself, “I should be doing more.”


I’ve been a fan of machinima since I discovered the built-in movie making feature of The Sims 2.   I’ve been a resident of Second Life since 2009.  And  I’ve been a fan of the Eurythmics since the 80’s.  This video came together almost effortlessly, thanks to the very talented creators of the Mysterious Waves Sim.  The vocals are actually produced using programmed midi notes and TC Helicon’s Vocal Works Plus vocoder effect. The rest is just minimal synth-pop played real time.  Hope you enjoy it!