That was a blast, literally! 🙂 Not only one of the biggest audiences I’ve had for one of my Gorean Whip Radio shows, but also one of the biggest audiences I’ve had in-world too. Of course, the flip-side of that was lag, and lots of it, to the point where I had to switch away from Firestorm to get my streamer controls to respond! But I soldiered through, and had a load of fun riffing off the crowd in front of me.
Benjamin Brougham, the organizer and lead for the Sci-Fi Expo, provided me with a list of songs he wanted to be played during the ceremony, plus a prepared speech to broadcast. (We’d discussed the possibility of doing that live over Discord, but given that I knew it would be laggy I suggested that he pre-record instead.) I filled around that playlist with my selection of themes from TV shows and films. 🙂
I wasn’t expecting to have such a nice DJ booth, nor have a light-show to accompany it. Thanks to the Sci-Fi Expo team for arranging that. 🙂
And this evening they dropped a new promo video for the event, which features the audio of the audio promo I created earlier this week for Gorean Whip Radio. 😀
The Clangers – Intro — Smallfilms
Extended Intro (from ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’) — DJ Spitfire
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: I. Prelude (Sonnenaufgang) — Berlin Philharmonic & Herbert von Karajan
Star Wars Main Theme — John Williams
Space Walk — Silent Partner
Fun — Selena Gomez
Wonder — Shawn Mendes
Soon You’ll Get Better (feat. Dixie Chicks) — Taylor Swift
The Final Countdown — Europe
2020 SL SciFi Expo – Opening Speech — Benjamin Brougham
JUST STAND UP! — Artists Stand Up to Cancer
Buck Rogers In the 25th Century — The Daniel Caine Orchestra
Battlestar Galactica Theme — Stu Phillips & Royal Scottish National Orchestra
I Am the Doctor — Murray Gold
Doctor Who – Clean Tom Baker Opening (1974) — BBC Radiophonic Workshop
End Credits (from ‘Star Trek’) — Jay Chattaway
Outro music (from ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’) — DJ Spitfire
I’ve been a very busy alien the last few days! The 2020 Sci-Fi Expo is happening from the 14th to the 28th October, and Gorean Whip Radio is the official station for the event. In previous years it has been help around November / December time, so I was caught off-guard when Irish Breen informed me that it was happening this month! 😮
As promised, here’s the audio recording of my DJ set from Saturday at BURN2 “The Multiverse”. There weren’t as many people this time, compared to my previous appearance at BURN2 VRC at the end of August, but the upside was that I could actually type in chat without horrible lag! 😛
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. 🙂
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
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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! 😀
Babylon Zoo — Spaceman The Byrds — Mr Spaceman Chris de Burgh — A Spaceman Came Travelling By Styx — Mr Roboto Dee D Jackson — Automatic Lover Die Alten Maschinen — Blitz Newcleus — Jam on It Galaxy 2 Galaxy — Jupiter Jazz Drexciya — Davey Jones Locker X-101 — Rave New World Aphex Twin — #20
Richard Strauss — Also Sprach Zarathustra William Shatner — Rocket Man Lemon Jelly — Space Walk Jean Jacques Perry — E.V.A The Daniel Caine Orchestra — Theme from “Buck Rogers In the 25th Century” Weird Al Yankovic — The Saga Begins Sam Tsui — Call Me Maybe The Firm — Star Trekkin’ Leonard Nimoy — Twinkle Twinkle Little Earth Stu Phillips — Theme from “Battlestar Galactica” Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip — I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper The Imagined Village — Space Girl Apollo 440 — Theme from “Lost In Space” The RAH Band — Clouds Across The Moon The Carpenters — Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
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: