Baba Bu’s first year in SL

Oyster Bay artisan Baba Bu shared with me the release of his autobiographical first year video in Second Life. What a fun video by one of the most creative people around!

MoShang Zhao recap and photos

As promised, MoShang’s show offered some fantastic Chinese Chill for the crowd at Oyster Bay last night.

Playing straight from Taiwan on a wind MIDI device (sorry, exact name escapes me).  This was a fascinating instrument, as he was able to take what was described as a saxophone/clarinet-style instrument and make countless sounds through the software enhancements of the instrument.

MoShang also has a couple CD’s on sale (look for the music store tab on the left), “Chill Dynasty” and “Made in Taiwan.”  I’m excited that a couple people bought CD’s at the show through his in-world kiosk – and others checked out his website for his free MP3’s.

His live performance is a fascinating mix of pre-recorded backing track and live instrumental overlay.  I’m presuming that he removed the instrument element from the backing track because the sound was so fresh when playing.  At th e same time, it was so seamless that a couple people asked if it really was a live performance!

On a related note – MoShang does a really good job interacting with the audience.  If someone tossed out a question during the show, he did not hesitate to put his instrument down long enough to answer it.  This approach – interrupting his playing to interact – is reminiscent of lounge acts who make a concerted effort to connect with the people they’re playing for.

Now onto the photos!  Let me offer up some thanks to Isolde Flamand, who facilitated making the event happen (click here for her story of how that happened, as well as a couple photos).  Isolde had the RenderGlow filter on all evening long, and she took some incredible shots, like this one:

There’s a whole lot more after the fold…

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