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Mixed Reality Komuso On The Future of Music Online

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This is an extremely interesting and incisive talk on the future of music online from someone uniquely qualified to speak on it: the man behind metaverse blues master Komuso Tokugawa, the voodoo-flavored avatar who fronted some of Second Life's most innovative live music shows, including live combo performances between Komuso from Japan and musicians in Taiwan and Canada. (The audio on the presentation computer wasn't working, so I've embedded the two videos he's talking about after the break.) He speaks a little about how those were done from the technical side, and weaves that into a smart analysis of where Internet-driven music is going (and where worlds like SL fit into that scheme.) My favorite bits: Komusu cites a Japanese university study on live music performers in Second Life, which reports that the upper end of earnings for "a small number of us" is $40-100/hour. And this line: "The record industry is dead, long live the music industry." Burn those words outside the entrance of the RIAA, baby.

Machinima recordings of how Komuso jamming live in SL after the break.

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Kate Miranda

So often in discussions about Second Life Music, the several active classical music venues are forgotten. My own Music Island project is more than 2 years old. Benton Wandelich's Music Academy includes classical Music as part of his offerings, Early Music is alive on Renaissance Island, thanks to Thom Dowd, and Clarissima Schumann has launched a new beautiful venue and series this year on her personal island. While most popular venues offer many hours of recorded music for every hour of live music, our series, at Music Island is dedicated to the presentation on one live event each week.

Komuso Tokugawa

Don't despair Kate...Music is Music is Music, whatever the genre - is my point, whatever the genre old or new.

Actually the quote about earnings was mine, based on my own anecdotal research/experience in SL. When I spoke to the TempleU Japan cybermedia class as a guest lecture I gave a similar answer in response to the standard question re: income.

In my proviso re: "being good" I should also elaborate this does not have to mean technically good, but more the ability to resonate musically with an audience and, more importantly, be able to communicate to them.

Also apologies to the fantabulous Matthew Ebel who's name I did not catch at the time but listening back is who I think the questioner was referring to about tipjar requests.

Jam on!

Komuso Tokugawa

Available from the funky uniqlo t-shirt vending store H-San! http://www.kineda.com/uniqlo-ut-vending-machine-t-shirts-tokyo-japan/

justin bieber

this is one of the best websites that ive ever used

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