In the past when classical musicians wanted to reach new audiences, they would play in parks and shopping malls. Today, young people are more often socializing online in virtual worlds like Second Life. Podcasting and streaming music online is nothing new — but listening to a podcast or streamed concert online is a solitary event. Learn how this dynamic changes in the social context of a live streaming event within Second Life - with synchronous communications and immediate access to performers. Taking classical music to the virtual park will show you what is happening in Second Life, cover the basics of music streaming into virtual reality, talk about who is performing in virtual reality and highlight the value-added benefits for musicians, audience and music educators. Created by Linda Rogers for the 2008 Technology in the Arts: Canada Conference.
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