I’ve recently be spending a few moments here and there getting the schedule ready for The Summer Of Love Festival 07 in SecondLife, of course not entirely alone, I must extend gratitude to some wonderful helpers too.
What I have found during these couple of weeks is that there seems to be a number of musicians in need of some help when it comes to streaming music into SecondLife.
I thought that a posted video here on my blog would be the best place for that help, for those people who want a free solution who use the windows operating system.
The set up I use is Windows XP, Winamp and a Shoutcast Plugin, all free of charge, which of course is wonderful!
The concept is surprisingly simple, you simply capture the sound on your machine through Winamp, which sends the data (using the plugin) to a streaming server (you need to borrow one), and then that streaming server information is broadcast into a land parcel in SecondLife – simple eh?
The other day a friend said they’d like to see me strumming, and well, I had to think for a sec if I had any footage of me doing that. It turns out I don’t really, I have some older tunes from various bands I’ve been in laying around but no video, well some very old VHS video with me oozing in my tight leather trousers!
However, I did find this recent clip which I shot with my phone a few months back when I was testing out the phone to blog service on The Phone Cam.
It’s an E Major shredding moment, with a bluesy twist on the end.
It has now dawned on me I should make a few video clips of me playing a tune or two, I might make some classical ones, which is what my heart feels like playing these days, well maybe I do love shredding too, but I’m starting to love my nylon strings again.
This is a machinina clip for which I did the soundtrack for.
I did created this soundtrack as a favour for a great bunch of people working on the SecondLife Teen grid.
The project was presented to me as just the video with no soundtrack, a blank canvas if you will, not even an emotional time-line. There was just one song which was suggested they liked the “feel” of so that kind of pointed me in a slight direction.
I felt the clip called for a number of emotions ranging, sequentially through:
Dramatic – Here for the intro scene I opted for the “classic” dramatic intro using Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, J. S. Bach. This sets the scene.
Reflective and questioning – Here I used Soular – Tomorrow Never Comes, as this really does question and makes me ponder.
Up-beat and positive with potential – Here I used Folio – Friday Girl as this gives a weekend, let’s realise the potential mood.
Reflective – Finally Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata opus 27 was used to give a slightly “real” sensation twinned with oddness, as the avatar and real world typing meet.
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Thank you to all of the Suffern Middle School students and dedicated volunteers.
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FRACTAL SCULPTURE: Seifert Surface
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LEARNING CENTERS: Lumiere Noir
TELEPORT STATIONS: Franx Charming
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CASTLE ZANDER: Itsme Zander
CASTLE CREATIONS: Ayesha Honey
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DOODLEAPOLIS: Patch Laminton
RAMAPO ISLANDS VISIONARY: Peggy Sheehy / Maggie Marat
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