As promised, here is the recording of my show from BURN2 which took place yesterday at 12pm SL Time.
I was the first act on after the opening, which was pretty cool. Sadly, I only had one hour to perform this time around, as the Fashionistas were doing their show at 1pm, but I continued broadcasting on Gorean Whip Radio after my set time was up.
Sooo… last week I got confirmation from the organizers at Burn2 in Second Life that I’ve got a slot there this coming Sunday at 12pm SLT for the VRC Week event!
As with my previous performance at Burn2 last month, I’m planning on simulcasting across Second Life on Gorean Whip Radio, with the approval of station management. I’d normally be broadcasting at that time anyway, so no danger of conflict with other shows.
I’ve not yet finalised what I’ll play, but since it falls on August Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, when the Notting Hill Carnival would usually be taking place — but not this year, thanks to Covid-19 — I’ll try and fit in some reggae, ska and calypso. 🙂
If you’re around in Second Life on Sunday, you’re welcome to drop by the Burn2 performance stage (note that they’re in the process of building currently, but feel free to have a look around.) Otherwise, you can tune in via Gorean Whip Radio (here’s the stream address), or wait until next week when I’ll upload and post the recording of my set.
In other news, I’ve been doing some more tweaking of my avatar. My search for a new deep blue skin has finally ended — the appropriately named Peacock skin from CORE, which makes my rainbow spot tattoo and makeup really pop! I also found some new mesh eyes that I’m truly happy with, the Hypno from Venge. Unlike a lot of the others I’ve tried, these can be modified, so I could add some glow to them. Perfect for staring down haters and undesirables, or perhaps enthralling the unwary… muwahahahaha! 😀
You might notice that a few things are missing, namely my ears and antennae. The sad fact is that neither of those items support Bakes On Mesh, meaning it’s much more hassle to texture them, and I cannot apply any shine to them. So, I’ve ditched them for now. On the plus side that reduces my avatar complexity quite a bit, as does the removal of the need for an extra tattoo layer to hide the baked in fingernails and toenails from my previous skin.
That’s all the news for now. I have a review coming up for an alternative mesh body, which I’ll get done and posted later this week. And I’ll try and take some photos from Burn2 on Sunday to share with you all.
Peace and love, stay safe, and look after yourselves and each other! *mwahs*
Like many real-world events, the annual Burning Man had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. But its online arm, BURN2, has been picking up the slack with many virtual events throughout the year.
I’ve been to quite a few BURN2 events in Second Life over the past couple of years, but this was my first time performing there.
The screenshot below shows me at the front of the stage with the crowd dancing on the Playa. Behind me there were lots of stage lights and a big screen, you can make out some of the light beams above me.
The highlight of my show, however, was that I got to introduce these guys to the stage!
If you’ve never heard Goddess Oksana or her band Six Seconds To Russia performing in Second Life, you’re missing out — they’re a full rock back jamming out from a studio in New York, doing covers of rock and pop songs in their own unique style. 🙂 In the photo above, Oksana is flanked by Lars and Tomas. Behind her, Gunter is on the drums, Tatty and Mariko are on keyboards, and Svetlana is on the saxaphone. I go to their shows whenever I can. 🙂
Below is the recording of my set. I went with a mix of techno, house and assorted electronica. It’s a little bit shorter than normal, as I needed to make sure I finished on time, and you’ll hear me hop off stage early so that SSTR could set up their equipment on the stage.
Digeridoo — The Aphex Twin Clear — Cybotron Lowride — Autechre Let’s Get Brutal — Nitro Deluxe Cobolt — Jeff Mills Tribal Confusion (Inhalation Mix) — E-Culture Aftermath — Nightmares On Wax Time to Find Me (Afx Fast Mix) — Seefeel Drill — Speedy J Phlax — Jega From Beyond — Psyche Technology — Carl Craig Think City — Luke Slater Flash Food — Infiniti The Warning — Suburban Knight Operation Costs — Lusine We Are Back — LFO You Could Feel The Sky — Boards of Canada Blade Runner (End Titles) — Vangelis
The City of Coghaven, a gathering point for robotic and doll avatars and the people who enjoy their company, is celebrating its 11th anniversary with a week of events. I was asked if I could DJ on the opening day of the celebration last Friday by Silverrain Sucettes, the CEO and owner of the region.
It’s an area that I’m familiar with, even as it has changed and moved across the SL Grid a few times over the years. 🙂
Sadly, I wasn’t able to take any pictures during the event — due to the number of cybernetic and doll avatars present, I was battling lag just DJ-ing, chatting and finding song requests!
[For those unfamiliar with Second Life, many people use scripted devices attached to their avatars to enhance their roleplay experience. These devices allow for the modification of avatar’s speeech and movement, as well as their control by others.]
The recording of my DJ set is below. I took quite a few song requests, which are shown in italics. I chose a mix of sci-fi songs, mashups and general silliness. 🙂
Happy Birthday — Altered Images Whole Lotta Sex Machine — James Brown vs Led Zeppelin Somebody To Praise (lobsterdust mashup) — Jefferson Airplane vs. Fatboy Slim Spins like teen spirit – Mashup by FAROFF — Nirvana vs Dead or Alive Tainted Jesus (lobsterdust mashup) — Soft Cell vs. Depeche Mode She Said ‘Burn’ — The Temptations and Deep Purple The Lone Slim Shady — Caravan Palace vs. Eminem (Mashup)
Mr. Roboto — Styx Automatic Lover — Dee D Jackson Lithium Flower — Scott Matthew Living in a Box — Living In a Box Blitz — Die Alten Maschinen The Saga Begins — Weird Al Yankovic Call Me Maybe — Sam Tsui Star Trekkin’ — The Firm Iron Man — The Cardigans
Rick Astley Will Never Ever Gonna Give You Up — AVICII vs Rick Astley Skynet — MASTER BOOT RECORD Rick With You — Michael Jackson vs Rick Astley Broken System — Jarkko Rotsten Kathy’s Song (Come Lie Next To Me) — Apoptygma Berzerk Wonderwall Of Broken Dreams (Mashup) — Green Day vs Oasis Sweet Dreams vs. W outME by DJ Zebra — Eminem Vs. Eurythmics Stayin’ in Black (The Bee Gees + AC DC Mashup) — Wax Audio Tricky Sandman — Run DMC vs. Metallica
Help Me Dr. Dick — E-Rotic Ding Dong Song — Günther Unicorn — Bel Canto Take Over Control (feat. Eva Simons) — Afrojack The Dildo Song — Robert D Brookes House Of The Rising Sun (1993, Unreleased) — Tiny Tim Love Me Tender — The Human Leg Allnight rave (2000) — The Gasman Trapped (Hell Interface Remix) — Colonel Abrahams
Since I really need to blog here more often, I thought I’d give this a go, so here’s my summary:
The first two don’t need too much explanation, if you’ve read some of my earlier blog posts. 🙂
I currently have both a Premium home and a rental parcel in Second Life. I’m not big on decorating or furnishing, but I do like somewhere to put up artwork and other eye-candy. Plus, I can rez stuff when and where I want. 🙂
I tend to fly when I’m travelling long distances, and walk when I’m exploring an area in more detail. I’ve also got some boats that I take out onto the waters around my Premium home, as well as a hoverbike that I sometimes use for exploring the interior of the mainland.
I mostly buy stuff, although I’ve done some building in the past, and I’m quite willing to modify stuff I own in order to make it more to my liking.
Until recently, I was a hoarder, but now I’ve started getting more ruthless in terms of removing things that I’ll never use.
I try not to splurge too much on shopping, and mostly I succeed these days. My insistence on a mostly-pink wardrobe does help curb some retail therapy impulses. I tend to wait for sales or clearances so I can scoop up bargains.
I am starting to get my inventory into shape, but it’s slow going because I get overwhelmed easily. So I do a little bit at a time, whenever I’m able to. (To be fair, my inventory is pretty minuscule by comparison to some of my Second Life friends, both because I’ve not been here as long and because I’m not a shopaholic.)
Anyway, I hope that gives some of you a chuckle. 🙂
Yesterday was my 52nd birthday in Real Life, so I decided to go find out what was the UK No.1 single for this week in each year since I was born. 🙂
Some gems in there, plus a few surprises. Also, a lot of ‘WTF?’ songs, which I decided not to play. Though I might throw those into a future show… 😉
Truth be told, some of the more recent entries served to remind me how out-of-touch I am with current ‘pop’ music. Then again, I’d rather listen to (and purchase) stuff that speaks to me, and not follow the crowd. 🙂
1968 — Baby Come Back — The Equals 1969 — Something In The Air — Thunderclap Newman 1970 — In the Summertime — Mungo Jerry 1971 — Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep — Middle of the Road 1974 — She — Charles Aznavour 1976 — You to Me Are Everything — The Real Thing 1978 — You’re the One That I Want — John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 1979 — Are ‘Friends’ Electric? — Tubeway Army & Gary Numan 1980 — Xanadu — Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra 1981 — Ghost Town — The Specials 1982 — Happy Talk — Captain Sensible 1983 — Baby Jane — Rod Stewart 1984 — Two Tribes — Frankie Goes to Hollywood 1985 — Frankie — Sister Sledge 1986 — Papa Don’t Preach — Madonna 1987 — It’s a Sin — Pet Shop Boys 1989 — Back to Life — Soul II Soul 1991 — (Everything I Do) I Do It for You — Bryan Adams 1992 — Take a Chance on Me — Erasure (from Abba-Esque EP) 1993 — Dreams — Gabrielle 1994 — Love Is All Around — Wet Wet Wet 1996 — Killing Me Softly With His Song — Fugees 1998 — Because We Want To — Billie Piper 1999 — 9 PM – Till I Come — ATB 2000 — The Real Slim Shady — Eminem 2001 — Another Chance — Roger Sanchez 2002 — A Little Less Conversation — Elvis Presley & JXL 2003 — Crazy in Love (feat. Jay-Z) — Beyoncé 2006 — Hips Don’t Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean) — Shakira 2007 — Umbrella (feat. JAY-Z) — Rihanna 2009 — Evacuate the Dancefloor — Cascada 2010 — California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) — Katy Perry 2013 — Love Me Again — John Newman 2014 — Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) — Ariana Grande 2017 — Despacito — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee 2018 — Shotgun — George Ezra
First off, apologies for the radio silence (pun intended) most of last week — I wasn’t feeling well, so didn’t do my mid-week show.
Also, I’m late posting this because I forgot to do this on Monday. Bite me, I’m allowed senior moments! 😛
Anyways, here’s Sunday’s show recording plus tracklisting. Unfortunately, one song decided that it didn’t want to play, so the show is a little shorter than normal. Theme was chill-out. I hope you enjoy! 🙂
Glass Bird Movement — ISAN Ransom Notes — SOHN Sel Alterat — Boc Scadet Gniddt – Arovane Seq Changing Airborne — The Flashbulb Lit — Kiasmos Eagles Above — Teen Daze Offal Waffle — Little People Maghellen — Bola Away From — Robot Koch Nat’s Twirly Mug — Kelpe Several — Christian Kleine Blooms Eventually — Pulseprogramming New Bimple — µ-Ziq Rustdusk – Kiln Levite — Vladislav Delay Smile — kaito Second Sense — Jon Hopkins Analogue Bubblebath — Aphex Twin
I had a hiccup with the broadcast, the sound cut out at my end and then the music froze while I was rerouting the audio, so I had to stop and start the streamer to get things going again. Thankfully, I didn't lose the recording, and was able to stitch the whole show together again once I was off-air. —Spiffy
I decided to go with a New Jack Swing theme for today’s show. 🙂 It was fun to put together the playlist, and I’ve not heard some of these songs in a very long time. Yes, there is some fruity language in the lyrics, just so you know. 😉
My Prerogative — Bobby Brown Poison — Bell Biv DeVoe Around the Way Girl — LL Cool J Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix) — SWV Don’t Walk Away — Jade I Want Her — Keith Sweat Uhh Ahh (Remix) — Boyz II Men Groove Me — Guy Rumors — Timex Social Club Casanova — Levert Sensitivity — Ralph Tresvant Nite and Day — Al B. Sure! The Rain — Oran “Juice” Jones Return of the Mack — Mark Morrison If I Had No Loot — Tony! Toni! Toné! This Is How We Do It — Montell Jordan Now That We Found Love (feat. Aaron Hall) — Heavy D. & The Boyz I Wanna Sex You Up (Single Mix) — Color Me Badd I Love Your Smile — Shanice Hold On — En Vogue Freek’n You — Jodeci Real Love — Mary J. Blige Do the Right Thing — Redhead Kingpin
I’m going to start posting the recordings of my radio shows and DJ sets here, usually the day after they go out. This is from my mid-week show Spiffy Probes Your Ears which I broadcast from The Hold of Axe Fjord in Second Life yesterday at 12pm Pacific Time / 8pm UK time.
I decided to go with a house / techno / electronic mix this week, to keep things upbeat. 🙂 Lots of SL17B talk throughout the show too.
Rheji Burrell & The Utopia Project — Epiphany Ben Hixon & JT Donaldson — D.I.P Bruise — Jagged Angels Denham Audio — Make U Move Ciel & Ali Berger — Damn Skippy! Sweely — I Gotta Keep On (S.R Piano Remix) Rheji Burrell & N.Y. House’n Authority — 4th Time Mezey & Nosho — Zeus Dub Galcher Lustwerk — Speed (AceMoMa Remix) Private Press — Untitled A2 Chicken Lips — Goldenlips (DJ Sotofett’s Golden Funk Mix) Cooper Saver — Pacific Visions Earth Boys — Got It To Work Patrice Scott — Rain Dance Kick.S — Amadeus Hieroglyphic Being — Side 2 Side (Black Hands Version) Mano Le Tough — Kind Of