Spiffy @ BURN2 Winter Burn 31/01/2021

For a change, I was able to get plenty of photos taken for this visit to BURN2, which is great because words along cannot fully describe the creativity (and craziness) on display on the Playa! πŸ™‚

The theme of this year’s event was ‘Bubblegum & Duct-tape”, so there was much pink gooeyness and tape replacing the roads.

I took these photos on the day before I was due to perform, so it was marginally less laggy walking around the region and I could get unobstructed views of the various builds.

Suffice to say, there were a lot of Bernie Sanders meme pictures dotted around! I guess the Burners decided that he was perfect for a winter festival. πŸ™‚

Incidentally, that last picture is the installation of Patrick Moya, who has an entire region of his own full of his wonderfully surreal creations. He’s in the bottom right of the photo, by the way. πŸ™‚


I caught the end of one of the Saturday DJ shows, which was followed by a live performance by the Changhigh Sisters. They are regulars at just about every BURN2 event I’ve been to, and for once I was able to both watch the show and take some photos. These stills don’t really do them full justice, their performance combines dance, acrobatics and a lot of pyrotechnics!


My show was on the Sunday from 12pm to 2pm SLT, and once again I simulcast it on Gorean Whip Radio. There was a small technical hitch at the start where the radio didn’t get switched to my DJ stream right away, but everything went smoothly at my end. I say ‘smoothly’, but that was because for the most part I had my Firestorm Viewer setting cranked down so that I could still type and control my broadcast setup!

There was a large crowd during my show, and they enjoyed the mix of soul, funk and disco. πŸ™‚ Later on, I was able to bring up my viewer settings enough to snap some photos of the partygoers β€” lots of sexy pixels on display!


I had a great time, and will definitely be back for the next BURN2 event!

Tracklisting:

Move On Up β€” Curtis Mayfield
Soul Man β€” Sam & Dave
I Say a Little Prayer β€” Aretha Franklin
Sir Duke β€” Stevie Wonder
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay β€” Otis Redding
Try a Little Tenderness β€” Percy Sledge
War β€” Edwin Starr
Walk On By β€” Dionne Warwick
Let’s Stay Together β€” Al Green
Ain’t Nobody β€” Rufus & Chaka Khan
Sweet Love β€” Anita Baker

It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who To Sock It To) β€” Marva Whitney
The Message From The Soul Sisters (Pt. 1 & 2) β€” Myra Barnes
Think (About It) β€” Lyn Collins
Super Bad, Pt. 1 & 2 β€” James Brown & The J.B.’s
Never Too Much β€” Luther Vandross
Le Freak β€” Chic
We Are Family (Single Version) β€” Sister Sledge
Boogie Wonderland β€” Earth, Wind & Fire, The Emotions

Give Me Just a Little More Time β€” Chairmen of the Board
Play That Funky Music β€” Wild Cherry
Disco Inferno (Single Edit) β€” The Trammps
Proud Mary β€” Tina Turner
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) β€” Marvin Gaye
We Have All the Time In the World β€” Louis Armstrong

A Change Is Gonna Come β€” Sam Cooke

Closing In On The End Of 2020…

Hey everyone, sorry for being so quiet here. Truth be told, I had to step back from Second Life and DJing for most of November to focus on my real-world health, both physical and mental.

I’ve made some changes to old ingrained habits, and as a result I’m feeling rested and more energized for the first time in ages! That has taken some getting used to.

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BURN2 “The Multiverse” Show Incoming!

Just a reminder that I’ll be DJ-ing today at BURN2 “The Multiverse” in Second Life, from 12pm to 2pm SLT (8pm to 10pm UK time).

Here is the link to the landing point if you’re in-world. Be advised that it could get very busy, so remove any scripted attachments, HUDs or other items that you don’t need before arrival.

If you can’t make it, you can tune in to my DJ stream here. I will also be streaming to Gorean Whip Radio, but as I’ll be squeezing in between two other shows there you might miss the start of my set. Never fear if you can’t listen live, I’ll be recording my show and posting it here tomorrow, along with tracklisting. πŸ™‚

Spiffy @ BURN2 VRC Week opening – 30/08/2020

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.

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Heading to Virtual Black Rock City this Sunday!

Greetings Burn2 VRC Week Performer, We are so happy to have you as a performer. I am confirming your date and time: 8/30 - NOON - Spiffy Voxel - DJ Spitfire
Screenshot from confirmation email πŸ™‚

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 β€” but not this year, thanks to Covid-19 β€” I’ll try and fit in some reggae, ska and calypso. πŸ™‚

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 β€” 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! πŸ˜€

Photo showing my latest avatar look
Look into my eyes… you are feeling very sleepy… you need to read more of my blog! πŸ˜‰

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*

Spiffy @ Burnstock – 25/07/2020

This past Saturday, following my DJ show at Coghaven the previous day, I did a performance at BURN2 in Second Life as part of their Burnstock weekend, which was raising money towards supporting the region and funding their Big Burn in October.

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.

DJ Spiffy performing at the Burnstock music stage at BURN2 in Second Life

The highlight of my show, however, was that I got to introduce these guys to the stage!

Goddess Oksana & Six Seconds To Russia, rawking out! πŸ™‚

If you’ve never heard Goddess Oksana or her band Six Seconds To Russia performing in Second Life, you’re missing out β€” 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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.

Tracklist:

Digeridoo β€” The Aphex Twin
Clear β€” Cybotron
Lowride β€” Autechre
Let’s Get Brutal β€” Nitro Deluxe
Cobolt β€” Jeff Mills
Tribal Confusion (Inhalation Mix) β€” E-Culture
Aftermath β€” Nightmares On Wax
Time to Find Me (Afx Fast Mix) β€” Seefeel
Drill β€” Speedy J
Phlax β€” Jega
From Beyond β€” Psyche
Technology β€” Carl Craig
Think City β€” Luke Slater
Flash Food β€” Infiniti
The Warning β€” Suburban Knight
Operation Costs β€” Lusine
We Are Back β€” LFO
You Could Feel The Sky β€” Boards of Canada
Blade Runner (End Titles) β€” Vangelis

Spiffy @ City of Coghaven – 24/07/2020

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. πŸ™‚

Sadly, I wasn’t able to take any pictures during the event β€” 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.]

If you’d like to have a look around the celebration area, start here at the entrance to Sucette Airlines HQ. You have a few more days before the celebration winds down.

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. πŸ™‚

Tracklist:

Happy Birthday β€” Altered Images
Whole Lotta Sex Machine β€” James Brown vs Led Zeppelin
Somebody To Praise (lobsterdust mashup) β€” Jefferson Airplane vs. Fatboy Slim
Spins like teen spirit – Mashup by FAROFF β€” Nirvana vs Dead or Alive
Tainted Jesus (lobsterdust mashup) β€” Soft Cell vs. Depeche Mode
She Said ‘Burn’ β€” The Temptations and Deep Purple
The Lone Slim Shady β€” Caravan Palace vs. Eminem (Mashup)

Mr. Roboto β€” Styx
Automatic Lover β€” Dee D Jackson
Lithium Flower β€” Scott Matthew
Living in a Box β€” Living In a Box

Blitz β€” Die Alten Maschinen
The Saga Begins β€” Weird Al Yankovic
Call Me Maybe β€” Sam Tsui
Star Trekkin’ β€” The Firm
Iron Man β€” The Cardigans

Rick Astley Will Never Ever Gonna Give You Up β€” AVICII vs Rick Astley
Skynet β€” MASTER BOOT RECORD
Rick With You β€” Michael Jackson vs Rick Astley
Broken System β€” Jarkko Rotsten
Kathy’s Song (Come Lie Next To Me) β€” Apoptygma Berzerk

Wonderwall Of Broken Dreams (Mashup) β€” Green Day vs Oasis
Sweet Dreams vs. W outME by DJ Zebra β€” Eminem Vs. Eurythmics
Stayin’ in Black (The Bee Gees + AC DC Mashup) β€” Wax Audio
Tricky Sandman β€” Run DMC vs. Metallica

Help Me Dr. Dick β€” E-Rotic
Ding Dong Song β€” GΓΌnther
Unicorn β€” Bel Canto
Take Over Control (feat. Eva Simons) β€” Afrojack
The Dildo Song β€” Robert D Brookes
House Of The Rising Sun (1993, Unreleased) β€” Tiny Tim
Love Me Tender β€” The Human Leg
Allnight rave (2000) β€” The Gasman
Trapped (Hell Interface Remix) β€” Colonel Abrahams

Road Trip Iiin Spaaace!!!

Yesterday, I performed a one-hour set at the Spin-Masters Stage at SL17B, Second Life’s 17th birthday celebration. The theme for this year’s party is ‘Vacations & Road Trips’, so I decided to put my own spin on it with my playlist. πŸ™‚

I’d performed at SL16B last year, so I knew what to expect. I had to arrive an hour before my set, do a sound check backstage with the stage organisers to make sure my streamer settings were good, get my performer lanyard, and let them know how I wanted to be announced and what style I’d be doing.

I did an hour’s warm-up on Gorean Whip Radio, then performed a simulcast at SL17B, so I was broadcasting both there and across Second Life via Gorean Whip Radio.

Sadly, I was too busy with DJ-ing and chatting in-world to take any snapshots. Not that it would have looked great, mind you, I had to dial down the appearance of everyone else there in order to keep my Alchemy viewer responsive.

However, I can show you the new profile picture I made, which is now on my Second Life profile as well as my DJ tip-jar. πŸ™‚

DJ Spiffy – Half Alien, Half Machine, ALL FABULOUS!!!
The Broadest Beats In Second Life!

I recorded the full audio of the two hours, and made it available to listen to below. Please note that this is for personal use only, and not for distribution. There are a few advert breaks in the first hour, plus lots of me gabbing on the mic! πŸ˜€

Spiffy @ SL17B – 23/06/2020

Warm-up Session:

Babylon Zoo β€” Spaceman
The Byrds β€” Mr Spaceman
Chris de Burgh β€” A Spaceman Came Travelling By
Styx β€” Mr Roboto
Dee D Jackson β€” Automatic Lover
Die Alten Maschinen β€” Blitz
Newcleus β€” Jam on It
Galaxy 2 Galaxy β€” Jupiter Jazz
Drexciya β€” Davey Jones Locker
X-101 β€” Rave New World
Aphex Twin β€” #20

Main Show:

Richard Strauss β€” Also Sprach Zarathustra
William Shatner β€” Rocket Man
Lemon Jelly β€” Space Walk
Jean Jacques Perry β€” E.V.A
The Daniel Caine Orchestra β€” Theme from “Buck Rogers In the 25th Century”
Weird Al Yankovic β€” The Saga Begins
Sam Tsui β€” Call Me Maybe
The Firm β€” Star Trekkin’
Leonard Nimoy β€” Twinkle Twinkle Little Earth
Stu Phillips β€” Theme from “Battlestar Galactica”
Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip β€” I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper
The Imagined Village β€” Space Girl
Apollo 440 β€” Theme from “Lost In Space”
The RAH Band β€” Clouds Across The Moon
The Carpenters β€” Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

A Little Bit of Alchemy

For most of my time in Second Life, I’ve been using the Firestorm Viewer, and it has served me pretty well. But even with a more powerful Mac, there’s no getting away from the fact that Firestorm struggles at times in busy areas.

So I was intrigued when I saw a recent video from Luca Grabacr where she did a performance comparison between Firestorm and another viewer, Alchemy, within the same sim:

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