September 4, 2010

Delinda Dryssen's asked on her Blog "Attention Virtual Musicians! Is it Live or is it Memorex?"
I posted a couple of comments, as the "live" aspect of playing electronic music is one that is often raised.
I thought it would be interesting to post them here too . . . 
  • JaNa KYoMooN | September 3, 2010 at 10:38 am | Reply
    Hey Delinda et al!
    A very interesting post – Here’s my two pennies worth as an electronic artist – often considered to be the “cheaters” in both worlds LOL
    I have been performing music in Second Life since 2006 when I came in to the virtual world with Cypress Rosewood. It was a natural development for pushing the boundaries of on line global collaboration with other artists, both musical and visual, plus a wonderful place to try out and share new music with an extremely receptive audience!
    I do not play guitars or sing. I play ambient meditative music which is captured into my computer using Logic audio software. It is like painting a picture, a real soundscape of moments captured and frozen in time. Preparing these audio paintings takes many hours and layers of work . . I also like to incorporate visuals into my performances where possible and this too takes hours of programming. Technology has opened up new musical opportunities for live performances including incorporating files, samples, loops etc. sent from other artists. It is a true on line creative collaboration!
    So i suppose I would be considered an electronic artist who plays computers playing captured moments in time – which to me IS live music
    In virtual worlds the music is VISUALLY played by pixelated versions of the artist’s psyche – their avatar. It is the intention behind the music and the effect it has on the listeners that matters. All music was live once upon a time. At the end of the day it is a stereo audio experience – the way it arrived on your computer is really of no consequence. It is about how it makes you feel.
    Looking forward to sharing, playing, listening and enjoying the great gift of music on line this weekend
    Thanks Delinda for the opportunites you give musicians to do just that.
    JaNa KYoMooN
  • JaNa KYoMooN | September 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    Thanks Delinda . . my choice of music also depends on the virtual room – you can really sense how the music is interacting with the audience – I do try and programme/write/compose at least one new piece of music for each performance + probably now have at least 150 individual tracks that have come from my method of performing/capturing/mixing in the Second Life Environment. I look on the computer as my “instrument” . . I hope my posts might have helped clarify some misconceptions about live electronic music in the virtual world. Thanks everyone for reading. JaNa

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