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Friday, July 9, 2010

MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT:ZeroOne Paz. The Urgency to Play in second Life- Sandy Demina Reporting...

Staff Reporter
• Monday, July 19, 2010
ZeroOne Paz is a multi-instrumentalist and composer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed in nearly every kind of musical ensemble imaginable, from orchestras to rock bands, bluegrass to acid jazz. His SL solo performances are unlike anything else you'll hear in the SL live music scene. Beautiful originals and heartfelt covers, sung by ZeroOne, and played on VIBRAPHONE! His fabulous virtual backup band is called The ZeroTones!

ZeroOne performs regularly in Second Life as a solo artist, and with singer/songwriter Pato Milo as a duo, and in jazz ensembles, playing drums, percusion, and vibraphone. He has composed three scores for aerial ballets and several soundscapes in collaboration with various Second Live artists.

Here below our conversation about music and (second) life 

Monday, July 5, 2010

IN MUSIC-The HarperMessmer Experience- Sandy Demina Reporting...

Staff Reporter
• Monday, July 05, 2010
Everyone in SL should be sure to partake in the Harper Messmer Experience: this 100% virtual artist delights his audience with a soothing blend of pop, R&B, and rock featuring his own songs and those by some of today's popular artists.

Harper is one of the most popular artist in SL where he built a very good following.
At every gig he usually gathers his fans where they have the chance to listen to his voice just inworld.  He's not interested to pursuit any RL career.So he belongs to that group of artists who just want to perform in SL.  

Monday, June 28, 2010

IN MUSIC- Quinton's journey through Music- Sandy Demina Reporting...

Quinton Whitman's (Tallan White / Tim White in RL) has an unique style that has been shaped by a myriad of influences. From the traditional Appalachian mountain music and storytelling of his grandparents and artist such as Woddy Guthrie; to the bluegrass and country music that surrounded him growing up by those such as Doc Watson and Johnny Cash; to the folk and political songs of singer/songwriters like Muddy Waters, Pete Seager, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, David Bromberg and Crosby, Stills & Nash that inspired him in his teens; to the intricate, haunting picking styles of an assortment of artists.

Throw in 4 years performing country with the Flaherty Brothers Band, a 12 year jaunt with the jazz/fusion band Still Portrait, then 5 years with the rock band The Ride, and you begin to understand the depth that is evident in his singing, playing and writing. 

Monday, June 14, 2010

MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT- Seba 's Sax from Argentina _Sandy demina Reporting...

Staff Reporter
• Monday, June 14, 2010
Seba Sideways's been playing Tenor Sax for more than 14 years; at the present time, he works in RL as a Session Player in Jazz, Blues, Funk, Latin, Rock, and Reggae Roots Bands. His repertory in SL includes different music styles, as Jazz Ballads, Jazz Standards, Bossa Nova, Blues, Funk, Reggae Roots, Ballads and Tango.

At his gigs, Seba pays a tribute to great musicians like Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk, Coleman Hawkins or Ben Webster, all of them highlights in North American Jazz History.

SANDY: Where are you from and how long have you been playing music?SEBA: I live in the beautiful town of Buenos Aires in Argentina and I'm always been a musician, since I've been playing music for 15 years so far.

SANDY:Tell us about the music you play.
SEBA:I'm definitely a sax player above all! I play Alto and Tenor Sax.
I love to perform almost all the styles of music always with a Jazz influence inside.
I think that there are no boundaries into the music and what mainly inspires me during my performances is the love I want to share and the idea that a Better World is still possible:music is such an universal way to communicate this!

SANDY:Which song would you most like to have written?SANDY:Of course "Imagine" by the great John Lennon!

SANDY: How did you discover it?SEBA: I remember that a I was told about this virtual world by a friend but what actually did push me in has been the chance to play my music and share it around the world :this is the magic in SL, you can really have an international audience,and this is something that it's not easy to get even in an international capital of entertetainement as Buenos Aires!

SANDY:Did you ever think to use your real name for what you usually do in Second Life?SEBA:Yes , because for me to play in SL or in RL it is the same thing.

SANDY:What you like to do here in Second Life when you are not playing?SEBA:I like to go and listen to the gigs of other musicians and also to Art Exhibits: I've become a friend of so many interesting artists inworld and it's always a pleasure to discover what human creativity can do!

SANDY:Do you think SL can be a valid showcase for your RL works?SEBA: Definitely I'm sure of this! That's why I'm so involved into the SL live music scene!

SANDY:Do you use other kind of digital promotions?
SEBA: I have my MySpace ( I have my listening booth inworld ( you can listen to the tunes from my brand new SLCD released in May 2010.

SANDY:Where do you see yourself a year from now:will Second Life still exist?SEBA:I think that SL will still exist and it will keep on giving a lot of opportunities to all the musicians who want to share their music all around in the (real) world!

Monday, June 7, 2010

MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT-Noma sings the blues... _Sandy Demina Reporting...

Staff Reporter
• Monday, June 07, 2010
Noma Falta is one of the top acts in SL. Noma is a professional musician and singer who has toured the United States and overseas over several decades, slinging guitars and singing music from jazz to soul and rock to blues.

She is a versatile musician with a love of the blues but she's also a rich and soulful vocalist.

Noma has a solid classical background :she studied violin for years and she has been playing in a symphony from the age of 7. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The diversity of Zorch Boomhauer in Second Life-Sandy Demina reporting

Diversity, intensity, reverence and heresy with a breath drawn long sometimes stretched tense as silvered steel over wood and bone with the power of his evocative and thought provoking lyrics- That's Zorch Boomhauer. His music has a sometimes painful directness and honesty rarely found even in earthy folk, and his tales tell themselves as elegantly in melody as in his sometimes brutal words.


SANDY:First of all some words about you:where are you from?

Zorch: I was born in Dublin Ireland as a young man and immigrated to the US of A when I was two years old. I don't really have an accent, but my parent had one so... basically I speak like my Mom and Dad.

I think I Should mention, I'M NOT SCOTTISH. Not that there is anything wrong with being Scottish... I'm just not.

SANDY:How long have you been playing music?

ZORCH: When I was 3 years old my Grandfather started giving me Piano lessons on the sly. My Dad was sure all musicians where heroin addicts and didn't want his son involved in any narcotic driven shenanigans, so Grand Pa had to keep the ivory tickling on the down low. Grand Pa use to get pretty miffed at my lack of concentration, and I really don't think you can teach a 3 year old to play the piano. But oddly, at 4 I started to get a handle on it. By the time I was 5, and placed in Kindergarten, I was seriously screwed. I was sure the Alphabet started at "C" and there were no letters beyond the letter "G". I knew all to well, there was no Key of "H", and why would you need to count beyond 8?

I feel I should mention the musicians reading this are probably getting the jokes and I didn't know about chromatic scales until I was 7, bringing the need to count up to 12.

SANDY:What instruments do you play?

ZORCH: Well let's just limit this answer to instruments I've be paid to play. Piano (thanks Gramps) Random keyboard instuments, Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Dobro, Fiddle and Concertina. I've spent most of my checkered career in music being a "Band Guy". Hired mostly because I can play a lot of instruments and sing harmony as well.

In case anybody is interested, I won awards playing Banjo, Dobro, and Guitar.

In Second Life I only play guitar because it suits what I'm doing. However, I do play in 4 different tunings. Standard tuning, Vestapol tuning, Drop D tuning and DADGAD tuning. Basically four different dialects of Guitar.

SANDY:How would you describe your style?

ZORCH: Single word answer... "Iconic". When I say that, I'm implying my music does not fit into a comfortable genre, but in spite of itself has it's own signature sound.

A more wordy answer would be, consider my childhood, I had a Grandfather who was a jazz pianist, and a father who insisted on listening to traditional Irish music. Both sounds filled the air in my formative years, and have probably colored my perceptions of music ever since. Layer upon that foundation, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Joe Ely, The Clash, The Who, and just about anything else wicked cool, and you have the kind of sonic stock pile that leads to interesting musical conclusions.

But when all is said and done, everything gets filtered though the "Green". I play a sad song, some hear "The Blues". But it's not the blues it's the place where blues come from. A music tradition over 2,000 years old called "A Lament". There is a subtle difference between the Blues and a Lament. The Blues is, "I wish I was dead" and a Lament is, "I wish I was never born".

SANDY:You are a composer too,how long does it take to write a song/piece of music? 
ZORCH: For the Record, I'm primarily a songwriter. My show are almost always 100% original music. On the rare instance when I do play a cover, my supporters have a strange reaction to it. It's kind of like witnessing a full solar Eclipse.

How long does it take to write a song? Your whole life up to that point. Of course that is the Zen riddle answer.

The last song I wrote, "I wasn't missing you at all", I got the idea for the song standing in the bed room. On the way to my studio to work on it, I stopped to make a pot of coffee. I sat down at the computer and started transcribing the song, and before the pot of coffee was brewed it was finished.

SANDY:How prolific are you?

ZORCH: I'm ridiculously prolific.

I've kind of prolific'ed myself in to a corner. Most people book you for an hour show, and simply stated I've got too many great songs to squeeze into an hour. I don't spend the hour trying to figure out what to play, but rather, what I'm not going to play this show. My supporters are great, and many of them have been listening to me for well over a year. I have a good idea what songs they Love and make a point to play them during the course of the show. Sometimes with a 60 minute time limit, some request don't get played and I hate to dissapoint my supporters.

However, I'm not just a prolific writer. I'm pretty sure I've probably got the most extensive body of available recorded music in Second Life.

The Available Second Life Discography is as follows.

"Songs in the Key of Green"
"The Sound of Red"
"Shades of Blue"
"Song and Story Vol 1"
"Shadow and Light"
"Ashes and Dreams"
"Retrospective Vol 1"
"Me and My Monkey"

All collections are available in world at the ZORCH Center, and I carry a bunch of vendor with me on display at my live shows. Several collections are also available via the web site.

Just a foot note, all the collections listed were recorded in a two year time frame. And there are three collections deleted from the catalog.

SANDY:What do you spend the most time on; music or lyrics?

ZORCH: Well my music from moment one is music and Lyrics together. I write very spontaneously. I actually hear the song in my head. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. It keeps the songs from being limited by what I can play. However, it does force me to employ some odd techniques. Songs often have weird time signature, oddball keys, and really freaking difficult bridges. On the other hand, some things are really simple. It cuts both ways. Whatever suits the song.

SANDY:Which acts have most inspired you?

ZORCH: It's not really "Acts" that inspire me, but rather musical moments. There are million of them. The Guitar Jazz band section of Queens, "Keep all good company". The String section of the Beatles "Elenore Rigby", the epic sweep of U2's "Where the streets have no name", the scream in the Who's "Baba O'Riley", and of course, the first time I heard the Chieftains.

Music is the most inspiring thing in the world. When I hear bad music I turn it off, when I hear good music I turn it up.

SANDY:Where do you get ideas for songs/pieces of music?
ZORCH: From the unrelenting crucible of Life. While "Story and Song Vol 1" is my most profound work in many ways, not many people have a copy. Those that do, are waiting for the next volume.

SANDY:Except for other musicians what else inspires you?
ZORCH: The unrelenting crucible of Life. I'm detecting a theme here.

SANDY:What has influenced you to get your to where you are today musically? 
ZORCH: A quirky combination of arrogance and stupidity. I'm sure a more insecure and intelligent man would have chucked it all by now for a promising job selling insurance.

SANDY:Which song would you most like to have written?

ZORCH: Skullcrushers mountain, Johnathan Colton

SANDY:Let's start spending some words about SL : How did you discover it?

ZORCH: Zack Claxton wrote an aritical about playing music live in Second Life. So if the finger of blame must be pointed it's all Zack.

SANDY:what brought you inworld?

ZORCH: Ummmm... a computer. Is this a trick question?

SANDY:Did you ever think to use your real name for what you usually do in Second Life?

ZORCH: One of the cardinal rules of dude-dome is "Never use your real name". I've never used my real name in any of my musical endeavors why start now?

SANDY:What you like to do here in Second Life when you are not playing?

ZORCH: True confessions time. I'm a horrible Second Life resident. I show up a half an hour before a show to drop notice and TP to the venue. The reason I show up early is simply because TPs can be kind of dodgy sometimes and I don't want to be late for a show because Linden Labs dropped the ball.

SANDY:Do you like shopping or going to music concerts or art exhibits?
ZORCH: In world I only spend money on tips and renting a stream. I was a shopper once, but now that I earn my humble crust of bread via my musical adventures in Second Life, I don't really shop.

Since I show up early for all my shows I see all kinds of musical acts. But I don't seek them out. I just stumble across them.

SANDY:Do you think SL can be a valid showcase for your RL works?

ZORCH: I don't see an distinction between real life and second life when it comes to music. When I do play in real life, it's the same songs I play in Second Life. Anybody that checks out my music ends up at the web site.

SANDY:Do you use other kind of digital promotions?

ZORCH: Just my web site I do sell a good deal of my MP3 collections right from the site. While I do have a "MySpace" page, it's not really something I keep after.

SANDY:Where do you see yourself a year from now ?

ZORCH: I have no idea where I'll be a year from now. I'm trying to get the real life music thing going, but maintaining the performance schedule I have in world is pretty time consuming. Time will tell. Not to sound overly pragmatic, I'll do whatever I can do. If I can book more real life shows I'll do it. Real Life pays better. On the other hand, Second Life is pretty easy to stay busy at even if you aren't making much money.

Monday, May 24, 2010

MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Jordio:a Catalan pianist in Second Life - Sandy Demina Reporting

Staff Reporter
• Monday, May 24, 2010
 Jordio Carnell is a Catalan artist with many years of playing experience. Carnell specializes in interpreting rock and jazzy covers of such greats as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, David Bowie, and more in his own unique style.
Though classically trained, he progressed to rock and pop as a band member and solo artist.

He's a 100% virtual musician because his career is carried out just in Second Life.

Interview with Jordio

Monday, May 17, 2010

Musician Spotlight- Cylindrian Rutabaga: Grace's Unique Style in SL -Sandy Demina Reporting...

Staff Reporter
• Monday, May 17, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Known as a pioneer of virtual music, Cylindrian’s performances carry the listener on a journey guided by lyric and melody. Though, she likes to perform various cover songs that have inspired and moved her, she prefers to perform her own original material.
The woman behind the avatar, Grace Buford began her musical adventure at the tender age of 4 years old while listening to her older brother practice piano. That was the spark that ignited her desire to make music. Passion, perseverance, and determination have always been present in her music from that early age. Her desire to hone her craft continues even today as she attempts to impart some of that same ethic on her music students.  


Monday, May 3, 2010

MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT- An Open-Hearted Performing Songwriter Spotlight on KatRose Serendipity- Sandy Demina Reporting...

Staff Reporter
• Monday, May 03, 2010
A veteran of the music scene, Kat Rose (RL) is a sultry performing songwriter who loves to please crowds with covers and originals alike. Kat Rose's vocal delivery is soothing and exudes comfort and serenity. Kat's lyrics are both rich and compelling containing haunts and influences of many styles, making the disc difficult to pigeon-hole into a narrow genre. WIth Kat Rose, you can count on a vast, spacious genre-blending delivery.

KatRose is warm, open-hearted and honest with a performances that convey her passion for life and her love of live music. The great female singer/songwriters such as Stevie Nicks, Joan Baez, Jewel, Indigo Girls, Heart, Carole King, and countless others have strongly influenced KatRose not only in music, but also in her philosophies of life itself and the world around her. KatRose has performed on televsion, radio and real life gigs. She honed her skills around venues in Houston, Austin, the campfires at Kerrville, as well as performances and jams around the country in real life and on the net. Kat has been busy touring the US, Canada, and the UK.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT- Playing Jazz with Robots' help!-Spotlight on Trowzer Boa - Sandy Demina Reporting...

Staff Reporter
• Monday, April 26, 2010
Trowzer Boa is rl saxophonist/composer Dave Renz.

Dave Renz performs on the east Coast, playing mainly acoustic jazz. In Second Life he plays his jazz with the Robot Band that symbolizes the music programs used to create the sounds we can hear at his gigs.Trowzer sings and plays sax live, while any other sound is created through a series of software packages.

Working with the robot band allows Trow to provide a great sound inworld, yet still play his instrument live and spontaneaously.

Trow hopes that as he gains comfort with the technology he will be able to bring a variety of jazz related music to SL, including cooperative projects with other live SL musicians from across the globe.