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Second Life for professional
development expectations, outcomes,
implications
Music Island Concerts 2021
1
Introduction:
Who is Kate Miranda, how did
she find SL and what has she
been doing in virtual world
music since 2006
2
Cedar Island: an educational
collective 2006-2012
3
Music Island 2006-2012
4
Music Island at Virtlantis 2012-2019
5
2019-2021 in Sorbet
6
Musical Practices in Virtual Worlds
and MMPORGs
• Use of system sounds, playable instruments and the ABC
music system (Minecraft, LOTRO, SL)
• Avatar Orchestra Metaverse (AOM)
https://youtu.be/e9tWoD1xEe0
• LOTRO clip: https://youtu.be/lhU9igFr88U?t=39
• Minecraft clip: https://youtu.be/TNIIoE8RPcw?t=17
• Streaming audio from real life instruments (acoustic or
electronic) with avatar animations standing in for
musicians/singers (What I mainly present)
• Mixed reality events with video streamed into virtual
audiences
7
Why are musicians interested in
virtual performances?
8
To develop new material,
prepare for performance
• Virtual concerts give musicians and music students a
live and responsive audience to try out new material
• Music Island partnered with a Swiss conservatory
professor who had his students give SL concerts prior
to performance exams. All students in this program
have passed their exams.
9
Here an early Music Ensemble prepares for
performance with SL concert
10
https://youtu.be/m5dL5Qq_wcY
Reason # 4: Networking for
new collaborations
• Social context-musicians meet other musicians from around the
world via virtual concerts
• A duo from the east coast paired up with a duo from the west for
an rl tour
• An digital composer from Denmark joined a US colleague to
participate in a number of new music events.
• A Swiss professor hosted an Italian pianist who held
Masterclasses at his conservatory
11
Networking for education
and career development
https://youtu.be/wzvX5YqcCEg
12
Mixed reality concerts
• Mixed reality concerts involve video-streaming of a live
concert into virtual reality while connecting live and virtual
audiences
• Adding a virtual component to a concert that is being
subsidized by a live concert activity is a better business model
in the current state of the virtual economy
• Some immersionists in virtual worlds dislike streamed video as
it breaks their immersion. Adding avatar performers helps off-
set this negative.
• Mixed reality concerts have the added benefit of promoting
awareness of virtual concerts
13
Christine Caulfield/Christine Montgomery performed “Ada Live”
14
Professional Development
• Keeping secondary skills sharp: using a second
instrument or style of music not a part of current
career
• Learning new skills through self-guided learning and
SL collaborations
• Getting critical feedback on new compositions and
projects
• Mounting demos of expensive stage shows
• Not possible in real life art/music projects
• International dual streaming (still in infancy)
15
Not possible in real life events
16
Another not-possible in Real Life example
https://youtu.be/WJfnWhJPMw8
17
Audience participation events 18
Opportunities for Lifelong Learners
• Not everyone performing at Music Island is
either a professional or a music student,
performers have included:
– A French Physician with a high level of violin
training. Playing in an amateur orchestra in Lyons
did not exercise his abilities
– A self-taught digital composer from Germany
– A mostly self-taught pianist and composer in the
UK
– All with high-level skills and talent!
19
An example of the high level of
talent from lifelong learners
20
https://youtu.be/aMUtXQl3Vu8?t=7m25s
How does it work?
21
Long Distance Collaborations
22
• Still in it’s infancy
but Ninjam is a
tool worth
exploring.
• https://www.cock
os.com/ninjam/
Music genres have varied greatly
Anek Fuchs (Heavy Metal)
23
youtu.be/WJWoRcSUHRs?t=10
Sandia Beaumont-Classical, Jazz and Electro-
acoustic piano
24
https://youtu.be/kBuWiBVJn7M
Arimo Teixera – Day of the Dead Concert
(Mario Metsovaara Torres)
25
https://youtu.be/iGVeStp0jTE?t=479
Irish House party-2019 Boxing Day
Music, poetry and oral history
26
Harp and participatory role play in a
gaming community (classical harpist)
27
Early Music
28
Avatar Orchestra Metaverse (sound art)
29
What other art forms are using SL?
• Theater: classical theatre and new theatrical
forms of story-telling
• Visual arts: architecture, sculpture, particle
art, fashion design
• Film: machinima
• Poetry groups and story-telling groups
• Dance: choreography through animation and
motion capture
30
Theatre piece from a Nordic Arts
group
31
Dance for
Change
32
You Choose- Immersive Sculpture
33
Why Second Life
• Largest concurrency rate – audience potential
• Runs on most computers—best on gaming or multi-
media computers with graphics cards and dedicated
graphics RAM
• Other options such as Open Sim available for
film/graphic arts builds at lower virtual land cost
• Leading edge 3D goggle experiments may attract
funders and interest but costs are hard to sustain and
audiences are small.
34
Resources
• Downloadable text file of links
35

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Virtual concerts 2021

  • 1. Second Life for professional development expectations, outcomes, implications Music Island Concerts 2021 1
  • 2. Introduction: Who is Kate Miranda, how did she find SL and what has she been doing in virtual world music since 2006 2
  • 3. Cedar Island: an educational collective 2006-2012 3
  • 5. Music Island at Virtlantis 2012-2019 5
  • 7. Musical Practices in Virtual Worlds and MMPORGs • Use of system sounds, playable instruments and the ABC music system (Minecraft, LOTRO, SL) • Avatar Orchestra Metaverse (AOM) https://youtu.be/e9tWoD1xEe0 • LOTRO clip: https://youtu.be/lhU9igFr88U?t=39 • Minecraft clip: https://youtu.be/TNIIoE8RPcw?t=17 • Streaming audio from real life instruments (acoustic or electronic) with avatar animations standing in for musicians/singers (What I mainly present) • Mixed reality events with video streamed into virtual audiences 7
  • 8. Why are musicians interested in virtual performances? 8
  • 9. To develop new material, prepare for performance • Virtual concerts give musicians and music students a live and responsive audience to try out new material • Music Island partnered with a Swiss conservatory professor who had his students give SL concerts prior to performance exams. All students in this program have passed their exams. 9
  • 10. Here an early Music Ensemble prepares for performance with SL concert 10 https://youtu.be/m5dL5Qq_wcY
  • 11. Reason # 4: Networking for new collaborations • Social context-musicians meet other musicians from around the world via virtual concerts • A duo from the east coast paired up with a duo from the west for an rl tour • An digital composer from Denmark joined a US colleague to participate in a number of new music events. • A Swiss professor hosted an Italian pianist who held Masterclasses at his conservatory 11
  • 12. Networking for education and career development https://youtu.be/wzvX5YqcCEg 12
  • 13. Mixed reality concerts • Mixed reality concerts involve video-streaming of a live concert into virtual reality while connecting live and virtual audiences • Adding a virtual component to a concert that is being subsidized by a live concert activity is a better business model in the current state of the virtual economy • Some immersionists in virtual worlds dislike streamed video as it breaks their immersion. Adding avatar performers helps off- set this negative. • Mixed reality concerts have the added benefit of promoting awareness of virtual concerts 13
  • 14. Christine Caulfield/Christine Montgomery performed “Ada Live” 14
  • 15. Professional Development • Keeping secondary skills sharp: using a second instrument or style of music not a part of current career • Learning new skills through self-guided learning and SL collaborations • Getting critical feedback on new compositions and projects • Mounting demos of expensive stage shows • Not possible in real life art/music projects • International dual streaming (still in infancy) 15
  • 16. Not possible in real life events 16
  • 17. Another not-possible in Real Life example https://youtu.be/WJfnWhJPMw8 17
  • 19. Opportunities for Lifelong Learners • Not everyone performing at Music Island is either a professional or a music student, performers have included: – A French Physician with a high level of violin training. Playing in an amateur orchestra in Lyons did not exercise his abilities – A self-taught digital composer from Germany – A mostly self-taught pianist and composer in the UK – All with high-level skills and talent! 19
  • 20. An example of the high level of talent from lifelong learners 20 https://youtu.be/aMUtXQl3Vu8?t=7m25s
  • 21. How does it work? 21
  • 22. Long Distance Collaborations 22 • Still in it’s infancy but Ninjam is a tool worth exploring. • https://www.cock os.com/ninjam/
  • 23. Music genres have varied greatly Anek Fuchs (Heavy Metal) 23 youtu.be/WJWoRcSUHRs?t=10
  • 24. Sandia Beaumont-Classical, Jazz and Electro- acoustic piano 24 https://youtu.be/kBuWiBVJn7M
  • 25. Arimo Teixera – Day of the Dead Concert (Mario Metsovaara Torres) 25 https://youtu.be/iGVeStp0jTE?t=479
  • 26. Irish House party-2019 Boxing Day Music, poetry and oral history 26
  • 27. Harp and participatory role play in a gaming community (classical harpist) 27
  • 29. Avatar Orchestra Metaverse (sound art) 29
  • 30. What other art forms are using SL? • Theater: classical theatre and new theatrical forms of story-telling • Visual arts: architecture, sculpture, particle art, fashion design • Film: machinima • Poetry groups and story-telling groups • Dance: choreography through animation and motion capture 30
  • 31. Theatre piece from a Nordic Arts group 31
  • 33. You Choose- Immersive Sculpture 33
  • 34. Why Second Life • Largest concurrency rate – audience potential • Runs on most computers—best on gaming or multi- media computers with graphics cards and dedicated graphics RAM • Other options such as Open Sim available for film/graphic arts builds at lower virtual land cost • Leading edge 3D goggle experiments may attract funders and interest but costs are hard to sustain and audiences are small. 34

Editor's Notes

  1. Hearing about Second Life through Howard Rheingold’s Brainstorms Community beginning about 2004, I was curious and began to explore. In 2006 I was serving as Executive Director of a symphony orchestra operating in the North York area of Toronto Ontario and also served as an arts consultant to musicians and small arts organizations. Finding a small international music community in virtual reality was of personal and educational interest.
  2. In 2006, I joined an educational collective that shared the management and content in a 2 sim development. About 14 resident projects were offered each year by educators, lifelong learners and researchers. Beginning in 2006 Kate Miranda set out to learn about music in Second Life and assist in music education.
  3. After some time learning about SL music, I identified a gap that existed for professional classical and new music practioners and music educators and facilities in SL. There was (and still is) a wealth of venues for social music (clubs, bars, etc.) but those venues invited people to dance and talk, not to listen, and there were also concert halls that were geared to historical role play but impractical for a large audience. The musicians I talked to wanted a simple, practical and inclusive space, so we developed one. On a dedicated islet bridging both simulations, Music Island began to offer concerts beginning monthly and progressing to weekly. Events included this full symphony concert by Sinfonia Leeds, Feb 2008. This was a crazy project given the technology of the time but we made it work. . . Somehow! In 2012, Cedar Island ceased to operate, partly because there was a flight of academics from SL due to the temporary cancellation of non-profit rates and general change in the climate both within SL and in academia. Cedar had always hosted a number of small projects by academics who were in SL as part of a larger university presence. It was a sad day for a number of us in saying goodbye to a longtime SL community. However, Music Island was fortunate to find a new home at Virtlantis in partnership with a language learning shool
  4. Moving to a very different style of simulation, we wanted to keep the casual feel of Music Island that was welcoming to all. Instead of a rustic summer music festival in the North Pacific, we developed a concert hall that was reminiscient of dockside music festival spaces in the South Pacific.
  5. Almost as many answers as there are musicians. However, there is a disconnect between the reasons that musicians give and what Linden Labs promotes to musicians. Second Life has very little utility as a promotional or marketing tool, but has other significant affordances that they miss.
  6. Alessandro Marangoni, “Benito Flores” had only met Thomas Coard “Thom Dowd” in Second Life but when the Italian concert pianist and NAXOS recording artist travelled to Switzerland for a concert tour he stopped by the Fribourg conservatiory, played with students coaching various chamber ensembles and produced a virtual concert shared by the SL audience. In this short video, the two were rehearsing their video feed several hours before concert time.
  7. Also mixed reality events can enhance presentations! In 2014 I presented at the TransX Symposium in Toronto hosted by New Adventures in Sound Art. This presentation was a collaboration with the UK Sound Art Environment Sound Spiral, an inflatable portable surround sound environment with 48 independently controlled banks of speakers embedded in the walls of the inflatable and composer/violinist/computer engineer Christine Caulfield. In Britain, Christine played a work in the Sound Spiral. In Second Life her avatar played in a simulation of the Sound Spiral and I shared that all live on double screens at the conference while the whole sound part of the conference was also transmitted over live FM radio.
  8. Pictured is the tech inworld set up for the TransX Sypmposium with television viewer, slideshow, virtual stage and avatar discussion area all within a 3D model of the UK Soundspiral . (I was too busy presenting to capture photo or video in process! You’ll find a video of a prior performance of the work on the Music Island You Tube Channel
  9. Within our Music Island resident artists we have had a principal violist keep his violin skills sharp, a classical pianist learn to play jazz and more recently to use sound loops in playing new electro-acoustic music repertoire, including one work recently composed for her through an SL international collaboration. Several musicians are working outside of their professional comfort zones by trying to learn improvisational techniques or sharing some new type of work outside of their usual genre.
  10. In one concert we floated the audience in space amidst sound and light while the pianist circled them like a planet.
  11. In “Storm in a Teacup” the audience whirled through visuals based on the themes of storms and tea to a new composition by violinist Christine Caulfield. At one point in the work they are dumped out like tealeaves and fall 200 meters through the air to land in a display of photos of Japanese tea houses in the final calm movement of the work.
  12. In “Concerto for piano and your words” audience members added words to a white board in livetime that the pianist reflected in his playing.
  13. I just want to leave you with a few moments of a concert by a young man who is self-taught and lives in an industrial British town where he mostly plays drums with a rock band, but this is the sort of thing he composes at the piano keyboard and the SL audience helps motivate him to learn and share more.
  14. Finally… How does it all work? Here’s a simple diagram starting with our sound source in the upper right. If you only have one sound source you do not need an external mixer but for more than one source it is advisable to avoid broadcasting more than one stream that can become disconnected over the transmission. One source into the computer and one sound signal out. Common broadcasters are Winamp with Shoutcast plugin, SAM broadcaster, and Nicecast for Mac. A new tool BUTT (Broadcast Using This Tool) is easy but not full featured. Good for beginners. SAM for PC and Nicecast for Mac are preferred options but not free.
  15. Finally… How does it all work? Here’s a simple diagram starting with our sound source in the upper right. If you only have one sound source you do not need an external mixer but for more than one source it is advisable to avoid broadcasting more than one stream that can become disconnected over the transmission. One source into the computer and one sound signal out. Common broadcasters are Winamp with Shoutcast plugin, SAM broadcaster, and Nicecast for Mac. A new tool BUTT (Broadcast Using This Tool) is easy but not full featured. Good for beginners. SAM for PC and Nicecast for Mac are preferred options but not free.