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Second Life is good for….music!

So imagine this.

You’re sitting in your room or office or kitchen or wherever you sit and you’re listening to some hip little indie radio program from your local college radion station. An amazing song comes on – you must have it! So you wait, wait, wait for the DJ to break and run through the track listings. You’d better hope you’re not in car, about to drive into the Holland Tunnel where the radio reception cuts out and you miss it. And still, you have to wait to go and get the song, then play it for everyone you know so they can bask in its amazingness as well. Maybe there’s a better way…

Imagine now, you turn on your computer and log into Second Life. You teleport your ass down to -=Clockwork=- or some other bitchin’ little out of the way virtual dive beause you know that on most nights of the week, somebody is going to DJ that hip little indie rock show or the rare funk show or the 80s ska/punk show that you love, right there in SL. You can listen and then, hey, actually interact with the DJ, see the track listing as it comes up or just ask the DJ about it. And – bonus – you can also chat up the other fabulously hip virtual scenesters. (Or you can just plant yourself down and listen quietly.)

And while listening, you can go and download those mp3s you’re hearing, support the musicians you’re listening to, and who knows? Maybe you’re so into music you decide to come up with some of your own playlists and get yourself a DJ gig too (which can earn you $L a lot more painlessly than camping or escorting can, by the way).

Listening to music with friends is one of my favorite things to do, in any life. But it’s certainly become my number one activity in Second Life. In any life, not all clubs are created equal so it’s a good idea to talk to folks to find out the good spots (and hey, hit the comments section here with names and SLURLs of the places you love, please, because being a manager at Clockwork, I don’t get out enough…) You can try events, but to be honest, I get so overwhelmed wading through that list I normally don’t bother. So hey – come to Clockwork tonight at around 6pm SLT to hear Gorgeous Guen or tomorrow night at 6pm SLT for Esteban and Alex’s double header, and the Clockwork regulars can fill you in on the best places to check out.

This post doesn’t even touch the blossoming live music scene – something I’m not all that acquainted with, to be honest. But the more I hear about it, the more interested I am in it. So stay tuned.

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He was happy to see me.

Did I tell you I like to make shapes? This is the back of one I made called “Heart of Hearts” which I think I’m gonna give away in the new store I opened with Rain Laval in the Mainline Shopping district, (which is located across from Clockwork (SLURL).)

Here’s the face:

And here’s the front:Chai Vedette, Cinnamon
The shape isn’t set out yet. I’ll give a holler when it is. And by the way, that’s the free Chai Skin I’m wearing, in Cinnamon skin tone. The skin is even better looking in-world.

Hair is from ETD, lingerie is from Nymphetamine.

I’m having an off damn day! Bleeeehhhhck!

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Punk Hulk

All Hulk friends come tonight to hear Hulk spin favorite punk and rockabilly at Clockwork!

Hulk play new songs plus old punk chestnuts!

Hulk say hard to find leather jacket in Hulk size, but Hulk good shopper!

Hulk say 6-9 SLT!

Hulk say “don’t worry!” Hulk still play funk and hip-hop on Fridays!

Hulk say see Burgess post for details.

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Clockwork: (n)eXt podcast, electronica tonight, and new events!

Clockwork is for lovers

(The podcast is at the end, so scroll down if you’re in a hurry for some aural relief.)

Okay, so I told you ’bout the walrus and me man? You know we moved our Monday set to Friday nights (6-8 pm SL)? Well, here’s another clue you can mull, the walrus was Hulk. And Esteban/Hulk will be dj’ing Mondays at Clockwork playing a wider range of favorites and plenty o’ rock. Don’t worry, the funk will still happen on Friday nights, it just means there won’t be a hole in the schedule on Monday. Not only that, Clockwork has added KONA radio dj GoSpeed Racer to our Monday lineup from 4-6 pm to warm up the crowd before Esteban (and to provide a happy hour for those of you who have the live music open mic Mondays bug, yeah, you know who you are).

So now there is music at Clockwork six days a week (I’m still holding Saturday night open for special events), and lots of slots open before 6-8 for any djs in a European time zone, or later for those of you out west or on the Pacific Rim. (Hint, hint.) If you’re a dj looking for a gig and think you might fit in at Clockwork, point me toward a podcast or drop a notecard on my profile with a playlist from a recent set. Please don’t ask me to come hear you live; as much as I’d like to, my RL schedule prohibits me from many extracurricular activities.

-=Clockwork=-
Schedule as of 1.27.08

Sunday, 6-8 pm Tonight!
The Mandelbrot Set with dj Xaxoqual
IDM, ambient dance tracks, hooky breakbeats

Monday, 4-6 pm
Do you remember rock n roll radio?
KONA radio w/ GoSpeed Racer

Monday, 6-8 pm
Motor City is Burning
dj Esteban kicks out the jams

Tuesday, 6-8 pm
TMI Tuesdays with JellyBean and HawksRock
Rock music laced with conversation you won’t believe

Wednesday, 6-8 pm
This Ain’t No Trainwreck
dj Garrett gets it in the groove and works it

Thursday, 6-8 pm
Danceteria w/dj Gorgeous Guen
a club mix to start your weekend on the right day

Friday, 6-8 pm
(n)eXt w/ dj keTchUp
two hours of mostly new music–indie rock and club tracks

Friday, 8-9 pm
[a contest-winning name will be here when we figure out who won]
dj Esteban digs deep into funklore and unearths the mothership connection, shake your rump!

In any case, for those of you who want to recap last Monday’s new music set, here’s the podcast. And yeah, there’s some old stuff in there. Sue me. :p Betcha can’t name more than 10 without looking at the track listing. Please remember to support artists you like by seeing them perform live and purchasing their music from great sources like eMusic, AmpCamp, CD Baby and Bleep. Click the arrow to stream or right click and “save link as” to download:

(n)eXt new music podcast of dj keTchUp’s 21 January 2008 set

Spiritualized – Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space
Thom Yorke – Cymbal Rush (The Field Late Night Essen Und Trinken remix)
Burial – Raver
Audrey 3000 ft. – Mr. Hopkinson’s Computer Baby I Got Your Money (ODB & Kelis)
Atlas Sound – River Card
Apparat – You Don’t Know Me
Benzos – Coup d’etat
Chris Walla – Sing Again
KT Tunstall – Get Your Freak On (Missy Elliot cover)
Blonde Redhead – Dr. Strangeluv
Statehood – Save Yourself
Thurston Moore – Fri/End
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make
Why? – The Hollows
Tall Firs – Hairdo
Artiste inconnu – Piste 9
Electric Light Orchestra – Do Ya
The World On Fire – Not To Knowing
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
The Hold Steady – You Can Make Him Like You
Cheap Trick – Oh, Candy
The Cars – Just What I Needed
Oasis – Cigarettes & Alcohol
Gang Green – Alcohol
The Chelsea Smiles – Chatterbox
The Wombats – Backfire at the Disco
!!! – Heart Of Hearts (Radio Edit)
Paramore – Misery Business (Miscellaneous Chocolate “Feels So Good” Remix)
Miss Kittin – Barefoot Tonight
Aesop Rock – Citronella
Clipse – Cry Now Freestyle (Malice)
Groove Armada – My Friend

This has been an official Burgess Podcast Advertisement for Clockwork, copyright 2008 Leviathan Enterprises.

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Studies in light – "surreal”

I actually love Windlight, but I do not think it loves me, the reluctant techie. Two versions ago worked best for me, right out of the box. The last version didn’t work – at all – without constant crashes. I still have issues with the latest release being “sticky.” Which feels sort of like lag, only a quicker lag, if that makes any sense. It sucks, is what it does. I can lower the quality of the graphics from “high” to “medium” but then it doesn’t offer me much beyond the basic browser, which is less laggy. (Oh and btw, I have a Macbook Pro, 233 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2.6 GB DDR2 SDRAM with an ATI Radeon 1600 graphics card with 256 mb of V-RAM. I don’t actually know what that all means, but Alex tells me it’s significant.)

I tried using some of the sky settings recommended around the SL blogosphere, where folks such as Caliah Lyon and  Iris Ophelia talk about using the “blizzard” setting to help diffuse the light and get good avie photos. But waaaaah I can’t get my shit to look anywhere near as good, no way no how. (Photo below is borrowed from the New World Notes Iris Ophelia Post mentioned above. I sure hope they don’t mind!)

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I’m just not real patient and I’ve basically got no clue what all those environmental controls can do. And to be honest, I don’t want to have to learn. I just want some presets that work right out of the box. It would seem to me, um duh, that maybe in future releases of the Windlight browser, Linden Lab might actually take some of the settings that are being experimented with around the grid and package them into presets that the impatient Windlight fan such as myself might just, ya know, use. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Anyway, the shot at the top of this post was me experimenting with the sky presets. (If you don’t know how to do that, huzzah! I commend your bravery: World->Environment Editor->Advanced Sky Tab.) That one is “surreal.” It gives you these crazy racing clouds in orange against a purplish sky. Not bad for a night of clubbing on the roof, for sure. As Hulk helps demonstrate here:

That photo is completely unretouched (I played with the other shot from last night using flickr’s picknik to mess with some of the softness and border, etc.) The light is very harsh. I wouldn’t recommend it for your basic SL functions, but hey a party can handle extremes, right?

I’ll keep experimenting, but in the meanwhile, if you’ve got tips or tricks for optimizing windlight settings, please do share. And hopefully in future releases we’ll get a browser that is less lagalicious and more avatar friendly right out of the box.

Oh, Happy Saturday!

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Psst… schedule change and a contest — Party tonight!

SableLean in a little closer, Sable wants to tell you something:

DJ keTchUp’s (n)eXt new music hour(s) and DJ Esteban’s Anti-Monday funk at Clockwork have moved to Friday nights! Friday, 6-9 pm SL time, to be specific. That means tonight is the kickoff for their party all fucking weekend extravaganza! And they can’t really call it the Anti-Monday funk, so there’s a contest to come up with a new name. Post your suggestions here in the comments if you want, but if you don’t show up and tell it to either keTchUp or Esteban in person, it won’t be in the running. If yours is picked (and there’s no guarantee they’ll take anyone’s) you will win one of the following fantastic prizes: a new car, a tour of Asia, some L$ more than L$1 and less than L$501, a date with Sable, a kitchen appliance of Professional Quality(tm), or something else entirely. Make sure you come out–you may already have won!

-=Clockwork=-
Schedule as of 1.25.08

Sunday, 6-8 pm
The Mandelbrot Set with dj Xaxoqual
IDM, ambient dance tracks, hooky breakbeats

Tuesday, 6-8 pm
TMI Tuesdays with JellyBean and HawksRock
Rock music laced with conversation you won’t believe

Wednesday, 6-8 pm
This Ain’t No Trainwreck
dj Garrett gets it in the groove and works it

Thursday, 6-8 pm
Danceteria w/dj Gorgeous Guen
a club mix to start your weekend on the right day

Friday, 6-8 pm
(n)eXt w/ dj keTchUp
two hours of mostly new music–indie rock and club tracks

Friday, 8-9 pm
[your contest-winning name could be here]
dj Esteban digs deep into funklore and unearths the mothership connection, shake your rump!

This has been an official Burgess Advertisement for Clockwork.

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Party Crashing 101- Tips from Myg

photo op!

There is a fine art to effective party crashing. If you fuck it up, you’ll probably be seen as any old griefer (discussion beyond that link over at Gwennyth Llewelen’s blog). Orbitted and banned faster than you can rezz your penis-party hat. 

But if you manage pull it off with style and taste, you can become the star the otherwise routine night at the club orbits around. Well, at our club anyway. Not everyone has the same idea of “good time” after all.

Let’s look at some exhibits. Try this one:

awww shake it

Meet Partygirl29082.  This avie knows how to eat a burger, and still leave room for flapjacks. We’re down with that.  She rezzed on the dancefloor sporting some fine baby back, complete with freckles. We’re still talking about freckled asses to this day.

How did we know this was a party crasher and not a griefer? Simple. First of all, she was funny. Partygirl23012371 cracked actual jokes and interacted with the crowd but didn’t attempt to make anyone feel like shit. That’s the mark of a party crasher, not a griefer.

Let’s go onto Partygirl9302o3oi2. Drunk Gramma.

Drunk Gramma

Drunk Gramma crashed a private party last year and I remember her to this day because the minute she dropped in, the guests were just assholes to her. “Shoot it!” was heard from the wannabe poser crowd, not less than 5 times.  But Gramma didn’t do anything – she didn’t even talk! I call this party crash the “social commentary” party crash. Gramma just dropped in looking old and heavy, and got quite the reaction.  This kind of party crasher helps you thin your friends list real fast by letting you know who’s got a sense of humor and who’s just a farking idiot. They’ll show themselves when drunk Gramma arrives.

And finally, mob party crashing. Morrisey style!

flye morriseys

Party crashing in groups, also known as flashmobbing,  is highly recommended, but moreso if you’re all sporting the same last name. If it’s “Morrisey,” and you love the Smiths, all the better. (And if that’s the case, don’t forget to join the -=Morrisey=- group for oh so special Morrisey flashmob notices). 

The effect here is to essentially bring a party to a party, and as long as the beer holds and the tunes crank and everyone tips the DJ, is usally a good deal all around. Unless you don’t like the Smiths. In which case, maybe griefing is for you afterall. Nah, just kidding.

So don’t be shy. Put on a beefy fresh or teeny bald avatar and get out there! And if you know where to get a freckled arse, please IM me inworld.

See ya on the night circuit!

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The Mandelbrot Set – Ambidance

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Well, it seems like about time for me to post another mix! This one is from this Sunday, and its very much an ambient-ish set, but not beatless (hence the title). Well..I don’t have much to say about it really…aside from the fact that I’m quite happy with the turnout and I hope you all will enjoy it!

The Mandelbrot Set – Jan 20/08 – Click to Play or Right Click/Save Link As To Download

Tracklisting:

Al Usher – Here Today
Closer Musik – One Two Three No Gravity (Ewan Pearson’s 2004 Remix)
christ. – Breathe Between Sleep
Slowdive – Missing You
Autechre – Basscadubmx
The Field – The Deal
Bola – Squib (Nuclear)
Dropshadow Disease – Fototienda (Plaid Remix)
The Knife – Marble House (Booka Shade Remix)
Pantha Du Prince – Saturn Strobe
Lawrence – Pond

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