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Monday, April 20, 2009


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Dizzy Banjo

man that video was utterly awesomesauce.. LOL
I haz to catch him playing!!

Marianne McCann

He's exactly what I want in Second Life. A skill and a daft presentation. :-)

Komuso Tokugawa

Ousama is great, wicked drrrrty rock muscianship combined with a dash of typical japanese cosplay wackiness.

Your "Takeaways" are a real stretch though, based on one single data point and some specious observation. Do you have a sideline translation business you are trying to promote or something? I think I'd rather use Google translate in that case!

Breathlessly concluding that in order for SL musicians to grow their audience "it's important for SL musicians to promote their shows in multiple languages" because a Japanese musician is playing to good sized SL crowd at a presumably home town SL Japan gig who he is SPEAKING AND SINGING TO IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE is just out and out silly.

I'm not saying multilingual pr is not a thing to do (in fact I've seen many do it in sl.web for long time, and dabbled occasionally with it myself), but the way your draw your "takeaway" conclusion is extremely flimsy.

Your second "Takeaway" is a good point in terms of dumping GI joe/jane playing cookie cutter looping animations like a bad clockwork doll on a plank.
Yes, it us much better to instead leverage the platform for unique immersive experiences, but blustering that all SL musicians now need to do an Ousama or Gene simmons like KISS in order to attract a large audience is also silly.

I won't even go into the technical issues related to developing and performing highly immersive media events while aiming to provide a high quality user.audience experience.

But it does not always need the eye candy, and that's coming from someone who personally loves playing with the eye candy;-).

Sometimes all it needs is great music and a genuine personality.

Matthew Perreault also comments on your own referred story thread at http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2009/04/live-music-downturn.html?cid=6a00d8341bf74053ef01157030059a970b#comment-6a00d8341bf74053ef01157030059a970b

"I'm not seeing any dropoff, personally. My regulars show up regularly, and I make at least one new fan per show. I don't think it's just me, either. Hell, I went to Montian Gilruth's show last weekend and it was packed to the gills."

He also says "Every artist is different, and will have a unique approach to improving their performance and presence inworld."

Well said.

Hamlet Au

You're right, Komuso, I could have phrased the first point better. Evidently I was made breathless by the majesty of Ousama's monster rock.


It's not necessarily the performer it's the venue..space is important I am not sure why venues are enclosed and small, why they are shooting particles all the time, and why they aren't open air...

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