Whomever thinks the Second Life community limits itself to forming groups in-world is severely mistaken: the Second Life group on Flickr counts 5,591 members. Those 5,591 are mostly what I refer to as ‘avatar accounts’: profile photographs are those of the Second Life avatar, the member name is often that of the avatar, bio-information is that of the avatar, and content produced is by the avatar… with some help of the puppeteer, of course. Sometimes ‘first life’ information is given out, but that is more an exception than reality. Networks like this also exist on Facebook (mine is quite confusingly for all parties, mixing SL and RL friens and family), MySpace, LiveJournal, Blogger and blogs in general - Zoe keeps track of over 500, but I would estimate their number to +- 1500, the least. And now it seems the SL community has ‘flash mobbed’ theSixtyOne.com: in a few days time, the number of ‘avatar accounts’ on theSixtyOne.com has become numerous.
What is theSixtyOne.com
TheSixtyOne.com is a music sharing service, where a bump is equivalent to a vote of confidence. Listeners bump songs they like as a way to express their love for it. They support AmazonMP3. A ‘buy’ button will appear on songs available on this service. No further ‘reward’ for artists scoring well is in place yet. Although there ‘level’ system does allows this. No integration with Facebook, … yet and no ‘musical map’, nothing learning from your preferences, yet. But it definitely has room to grow.
How does this ‘flash mob’ happen?
Standard networking. ;) I still like to believe we have a very creative community in Second Life. If there is anything appreciated, it it self-created content: be it builds, music, SL photographs, fashion, … . As within any community, you have tremendiously popular content creators, and sooner or later one of those joins theSixtyOne.com. That artist tells it to his or her friends, who then join the community service to vote - bump in this case - the artist’s work.
Other (Second Life) musicians will see those artists doing great on theSixtyOne, following their leads and joing TheSixtyOne.com too. Second Life fans will tell their friends to join, vote for their favourites, Second Life promo channels - mainly Group Notices - are used by the artists to go and vote, they link to their profiles from already existing ‘Avatar accounts’ on other community services, etc… . And the ball - or ‘avatar account’ growth - goes rolling. Impressive to watch.
On Flickr, the Flickr community was rather discontent with all those ’screenshots’ taken suddenly appearing in between their ‘real’ photographs and illustrations. On TheSixtyOne.com the blending seems to go naturally, with ‘avatar accounts’ bumping RL musicians and RL accounts bumping music that is posted by avatar accounts. Because there the content - music - is exactly the same for both worlds: there is nothing that distinguishes music made by a ‘virtual person’ from the RL equivalent. Both versions still needs a RL voice, RL sounds - be it electronically produced or not - and a RL sence of keeping tone. ;)
‘Influencial musical persona’
Funny is that you see a lot of Second Life’s ‘influencal’ persona regarding music re-appearing onTheSixtyOne.com, also there having a lot of influence: Crap Mariner, Dolmere Talamasca, Grace McDunnough, Sally Silvera, … .
Why use ‘avatar accounts’ and not their RL persona?
That’s an easy one: they alreay have their networks that are linked to their avatars - Flickr, blogs, in-world groups, … - they only need to ‘export’ those links to TheSixtyOne.com. If I would join up there with my RL name, hardly anybody would recognize me. Signing in with ‘Vint Falken’, it’s ‘Hi Vint, nice to see you’ all over the place.
If you hup over to Dolmere Talamasca’s profile and take a look at his playlist (below left corner) you get a nice idea which SL music artists are already to be found on TheSixtyOne.com: Astrin Few, BabbleGrabble, Beth Odets, Blues Heron, Bolug Frog, Charles Coleman, Cylindrian Rutabaga, DJ DoubleDown, Distilled1 Rush, EffinJ, Fable Sinatra, Fender Barbosa, Filthy Fluno, Forsythe Whitfield, Freestar Tammas, Frogg Marlowe, Grace McDunnough, Hali Heron, Hugh Dench, Jaycatt Nico, JooZz, JueL Resistance, Kaklick Martin, Kim Seifert, Kourosh Eusebio, Lyn Carlberg, Lyndon Heart, Mel Cheeky, Melvin Took, NANCE Brody, Neil Morrison, Nephie Eerie, Paisley Beebe, Pato Milo, Rain Vieria, Rich Desoto, SRV4U Conacher, Slim Warrior, Soundcircel Flanagan, Spence Wilder, TallGuy Kidd, Tallan White, Tette Merio, The Professor, Toby Lancaster, Virtual Live Band, Von Johin, Zaphod Theas, eyewall Paine, foxyflwr CureSLer. Yikes, that’s a lot, no? ;)
Vint: ‘Mr. Feedreader, why did you not show me this earlier, useless piece of ****?!’
Feedreader: ‘Well, euh… I did not think you would be interested. Really. You did not feed me any feed that contains this. And euhm… you have no smart feed titled music.’
Vint: ‘Lame excuse. Really, you should have somehow known this was about Second Life.’
Feedreader: ‘But, I did not even know that it existed! There was no way I could know about this.’
Vint: ‘A big mouth now?! That’s it. No updates for you for a week! Not even important ones!’
Feedreader: ‘That’s not fair! Finding good stuff is not in my job description! I only filter information you tell me to filter!’
Vint: ‘Hush! Do I still hear you?’
Feedreader: ‘New blogpost from DesignMeltdown.‘
Did I really need to make such a fuss about missing a Second Life Parody of ‘I wanna be rockstar’ by Nickelback? Yep! Why so? Well, the lyrics are awesome and the singing is way better than I could ever do. But that’s not the main reason. Ever seen Mr. Foolish in-world? Always in a neat suit, looking all brushed up and resembling a 19th century aristocrat more than a virtual worlds pioneer? Well, I knew he could do many things. Probably almost everything there is to do in Virtual Worlds & Second Life. Excellent one-person sculptie sleeping bags amongst others. But I’d never, never, ever expected him to do this:
Linden calling to the faraway SIMs
Now that regulation is declared-and VAT come down
Linden calling to the virtual world
Come out of the Real Life, all you boys and girls
Mind that I fall in? Let’s pretend I can write lyrics and sing. *grins*
Linden calling, now don’t look at WoW
World of Warcraft has bitten the dust
Linden calling, see we ain’t got no lag
‘cept for on popular sims, but please, let me brag!
The metaverse is coming, alt+0 is zooming in
Meltdown expected, the scaling is growing thin
Clients stop running, but I have no fear
Cause Linden is drowning, but if needed we’ll find a way to out of here!
Still 3 verses left for those who want to give butchering the Clash’s lyrics for London Calling a try themselves!
The first SL BlogHer event has passed and it was good: great music, a lot of familiar avies and names, not to much lag and an IM OD. I got to meet the lady behind Second Sex, Lillie Yifu. It was my first time hearing Dalien playing live in Second Life - wow - and also Grace McDunnough I didn’t hear before. Wow, too! Great song choice with ‘Here comes the rain again’ and even greater ‘Hey, look, I can sing!’ statement with ‘Dear Mr. President’.
TheQueen forced us all to wear our BlogHer tags, and after some acting difficult of mine - ‘I do prefer my Propaganda Mistress tag!!!’ - I got the Mistress Speaker tag. *grins* So behold for that one.
So: lot’s of interesting people there, awesome music, neat dance partner… It was a great starting party!
The only complaint I have, is that the whole hyperstring.net region is no script and no rez. Thus no (functioning) guns! Now, tell me, an ‘SL bloggers event’ without guns?!! Now that aign’t right!
I’m sure Myg - who is doing the ‘Meet your avatar’ welcome session at 7 AM SLT today - agrees with me on that one. What better way to get to know eachother then to point a gun at eachother and test defense? Maybe we should search for a battle zone… :p
I’m curious how it will compare to SecondFest. Where the SecondFest was Intel ft. The Guardian (or the Guardian ft. Intel), the Woodstock festival will be organised by long time residents Hope Clary, Crap Mariner - who stills owns me an explanation for an undeserved ‘Miss Furzi 2007′ title -, Stuart Warf, Dario Darrow and William Pitre.
Although the SecondFest festival was not bad, I hope for Woodstock Second Life to be more ‘Second Livish’: less clean - c’mon, the toilets at SecondFest were just not convincing festival toilets - and more fun. As a Woodstock - be it analog or digital - should be. Ow, and less technical problems and more lag. Less newbs and more interesting particles. Less RL press coverage, more SL press coverage. Etc.
Niko Donburi - Dear Linden (Just press the ‘play’ button):
Hmmm. Yes, I had not heard this hilarious song before. Maybe because I don’t have an iPod to listen to podcasts (yet?). :p It’s a bit ‘outdated’ as back then indeed we were only facing texture problems, inventory items permanently hiding themselves from their owners somewhere on Linden servers and an occasional griefing OD. Still, this is genuine LMAO content:
Dear Linden, Dear Linden, the most recent update
so corrupted my textures I must always rebake
Tomorrow I partner and don’t know what to do
all my clothing is missing and my custom skin too
Signed, No Inventory
But may I suggest another two verses for addition to this song?
Dear Daniel, Dear Daniel, is it right what you say?
We’re unsafe and need to hide all sex and crime away?
On my own private sim, can I still do guns and gore?
Or do you approve of such behaviour no more?
Concerned, Dear Concerned, we hear what you say.
And at Linden Labs, we don’t like thing this way.
If we knew how to fix this - we probably could
Just keep crossing your fingers and knocking on wood.
Signed, a Linden
Although a lot at the Wack Attack Barrack is still ‘under construction’ their stage stands and may be seen. The honor of being the first band to perform there came to the Belgian/ Dutch band Grensgeval. They have performed both English as dialect Dutch - mostly cover - songs and gave away a great show. I must admit, I missed them playing at the Motorati sim, so I’m glad I was able to finally see them.
And I like their take on the whole SL performance thingie: ‘Grensgeval plays live on SL from our studio in Belgium. Our avatars however are controlled by friends from Second Life. Yves Welles (also RL-band member), Pieter Dixon, Gianky Lindman, Reddee Hian and Kanako Takakura are our puppeteers. They really help us to make our SL-show not only great to hear, but also fabulous to be seen … Thx guys !!’
It’s not the music I would normally listen too but I <heart> the song ‘Schaapjes tellen‘ (Counting scheeps) which is based upon a Snow Patrol song. Ow, and it seems they added something to the SL formula that they don’t have in FL: hawt female drummer. ;)
“Detroit music is a complete mistake…like George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator.” D. May
Sounds like a party to me! So we went to ’see’ and ‘hear’ Kevin Saunderson and Mike Clark (Y’all remember Insane Clown Posse, right?) at the opening party for the Detroit Life sim. Let us just ignore the not-so- very-good- executed- welcoming- comitee (read: none) and the sound troubles in the beginning. The sim was full, the company was good and so was the music. The only thing what was lacking was Aux 88 live. :p
When waiting for the sim to open I quickly said ‘Hi’ to Babu Writer - who besides writing for the Avastar also keeps a blog herself - and handed out to her a Second Life Bloggers tag.
Woot! Another member! Our group is growing steadily. ;)
Other nice people that dropped by where Myg, Bella, Rejeanne and Josie. As in a full sim sitting down is the safest thing to do, we quickly claimed the bar table with the champagne as ‘our corner’.
I’ve also met someone who is a regular at Trash Palace and thus knows Andro. Silly me forgot to ask him about which girls from Trash Palace I should shoot. Well, I’ll do that another time.
Although snapshotting in a crowded sim is always a pain, as you can see, I managed to get some ‘party pics’ and there are more in the Flickr set. And if you want to see some huge party pleasure, look at them in full size. ;)
It took me ages 40 minutes to find this video file from ‘the archives’. I remembered nothing about it whereabouts except that back then I had burned it to a red colored CDR, just to annoy the person that gave it to me. During this search I’ve held in my hands CD’s titled ‘Mandrake 8.1 disk 3′, ‘adobe photoshop 7.0, illustrator 10′, ‘bryce 5.0′ and ‘Die Ärtze’. Nostalgia, all right. :p
I loved (and still do love) this video, just because - although a lot of people don’t seem to get that - they put themselves into perspection. C’mon!? It are pigs drinking that wine in the end of the movie. Another reason why I love this vid: 1.22 on the vid’s counter, ripping open his shirt, the iron cross and the rather original way of drinking a german wine together with the lyrics ‘In the hands of the master / I am a slave / In the hands of the master / Broken or saved / In the hands of the master / In futility or lust’. ;) But whatever people say about Der Blutharsch, I heart Albin Julius’ voice, was there when they performed in Belgium and the band’s flag (an iron cross and oak’s leaves) hangs above my bed. (German ammo for Andro.)
Behold ‘In the hands of the master’ (or ‘time is thee enemey XI’) from Der Blutharsch (label: Wir Kapitulieren Niemals):
Took the video down upon request of the band. If you’re really that curious, just ask me for it.
Also on that red CD full of nostaligia lots of Boyd Rice stuff can be found. Again a very controversial person but I think the lyrics to his song ‘Disneyland Can Wait’ are amongst the best ever written. (Someday I’ll take you to Disneyland / We’ll go on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and follow him straight to hell / But that’s not necessary just now / For now hell’s all around us / No rubber devils, no smell of sulphur / But hell nonetheless / Hell more grotesque than any medieval woodcut / Instead of dramatic demons: a lifeless shuffling horde / Without souls, without imagination, without worth / And beyond redemption / Someday I’ll take you to Disneyland / I’ll buy you a pair of mouse-ears / Tons of cotton candy / And a big helium balloon with Mickey inside / But all that can wait / Today I’ll buy you a 357. Magnum, with lots and lots of bullets / I’ll buy you a stack of AK-47’s, and a warehouse filled with banana clips / all loaded, and ready to go / I’ll buy you a B52 loaded with neutron bombs / And lots of soldiers, to do whatever is necessary / Disneyland can wait / We have time / Someday there’ll be more of us / Maybe then the world can be Disneyland / And visiting hell will be noble again.)