My music journey, courtesy of Second Life

Lest anyone think that Mr. Vig inhabits Second Life only to ridicule Linden Lab when not navel-gazing, let me take inspiration from the finale of “American Idol” and share a little about perhaps my favorite aspect of Second Life – the music scene. Someone said that live music is Second Life’s “killer app,” and I would tend to agree thus far. Let the corporate types meet and ponder their game-changing paradigms, I’ll go to a show. And I go just about every night that I’m inworld. The old DJ in me comes out at night…

I was introduced to the music scene by Breeze Winnfield, one of the great sim-builders…who might not be inworld any longer. I haven’t heard from her in months. Anyway, she invited me to explore the music world with her. Breeze is a rootsy-bluesy music fan, so her initial tour played to those strengths. Learn all about my music voyage after the fold… Continue reading

New pieces, artist at Oyster Bay

A few new pieces to tell you about at Oyster Bay – all of which are more than worth checking out…

First off, Cheen Pitney offers us BZZZZZD – a wonderful abstract version of the classic hummingbird. I hope his texture work comes through on this photo…it’s a creative way of designing the wings and head of the bird. Oh – the body is a cool rotating texture as well.

Breeze Winnfield offers us indecision! – a nifty kinetic piece bringing light, movement and pulsating, changing colors together for a real crowd-pleaser. Breeze tells me that this is quite the popular piece. A single snapshot doesn’t do it justice, but here’s my best try:

Lastly, our newest artisan at Oyster Bay – Alizarin Goldflake. Her “dynamic art” style is beautiful from afar, or entrancing when you come within! We’ve got a couple pieces, Red & Black Stormclouds and Frosted Spruce Lace 1.2, for your viewing pleasure.

Great pieces, all!  Come check them out!

Two new sculptures at Oyster Bay

We’re going to slowly start turning the gallery over in anticipation of a “summer/fall show” launch at the Second Life Community Convention.  Pieces will start to be replaced going forward – in fact, it’s already happening!

Sabine Stonebender is showing off Star Well, in the tradition of her layered “onion” sculptures.  The kinetics on this piece are amazing, and I really like the combination of form and texture on this one.

Breeze Winnfield offers Shaman’s Pot, which has very strong texturing indicative of her building prowess.   I think my favorite feature on this, though, is the gentle particle flame/steam rising from the pot.  Strategic use of particle is something I’ve looked at in my work – and I’m surprised more artists don’t give them a try.

We’re off and running toward the fall show!

Stepping out(side Oyster Bay) this week

It promises to be an interesting week for yours truly as two public appearances will raise the profile for Oyster Bay within the Metaverse and, perhaps, within Real Life.

Monday night (7-8PM SLT), Cypress Rosewood will host me on “When Worlds Collide,” a weekly live avatar interview that broadcasts live over the air into Nashville, Tennessee and from their inworld studio in Jarang. Notable notable past guests include a couple friends of Oyster Bay, sculptor Cheen Pitney (podcast) and musician AldoManutio Abruzzo (podcast). This is a rescheduled appearance, and while I’m grateful that Cypress was able to squeeze me back in after my Real Life went sour for a patch….I really have to wonder why he wouldn’t take advantage of the opportunity and bump me from the schedule altogether! Seriously, I’m looking forward to it and will do my darndest to make the hour interesting.

Right on the heels of Cypress’ show is a really interesting bit of exposure for the Second Life art scene – a 4-hour art show at the Playboy sim during DJ Doubledown Tandino‘s weekly “DeepSexyCool” show. On Tuesday from 6-10PM SLT, the partiers will get to check out a fantastic array of 2D (read: wall-hangable) art and 3D (read: sculpture) pieces. This is an INCREDIBLE opportunity to expose SL residents to the incredible art resources at its disposal; Doubledown’s shows are popular, and the overlap between the traditional Oyster Bay visitor and the DeepSexyCool partier is quite small…so we can expect a lot of fresh eyes for this show.

I’ve spent about a month acclimating myself to the 2D scene, adding some fresh faces (at least to me) to known artisans like Finny Yates and Isolde Flamand. In fact, I believe one artist is making their SL debut at the show!

On the 3D front, plan on seeing some familiar names, like Sabine Stonebender, Sasun Steinbeck, Breeze Winnfield, Zero Ball, Syler Piccard (and me) – but augmenting pieces that have seen the light of Oyster Bay with other pieces from the artists’ inventory. Plus, as I set the show up, I expect to dig a little into my private collection of sculpture aquisitions. It’s somewhat exciting to have 8,000 prims at my disposal…not that I’ll come close to using them all!

Cool art, GREAT music from SL’s best DJ and a really nice beach party atmosphere…this should be a GREAT time. (And for the squeamish among you, please know my instructions on this show were to keep nudity to a bare minimum and refrain from offering erotica.)  Hats off to Doubledown for making art a cornerstone of this great SL show!

On the home front: Hidden Starax! continues at Oyster Bay, with a new piece on the “featured” platform tonight, and new pieces on both the featured platform and a new FREE, copiable Starax sculpture both rezzing on Wednesday night. Talk about exciting!

At long last, the Black Tie and Blues photos!

First, props to Kronos Kirkorian and Isolde Flamand, who have some great shots on their own. Everyone should go take a look.

As for my photos, take a look in “Moresville….”
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Six new pieces at Oyster Bay

Since the Spring show opened, we’ve had a few additions to the Oyster Bay portfolio. These are too new for the upcoming Oyster Bay machinima, but they’re all worth coming by and checking out.

First, Rezago Kokorin’s Science & Industry – a fascinating kinetic piece where the golden strips “tumble” inside their respective cylinders. It’s a pleasure to watch this, as Rezago combined the elements of flexible prims with kinetic scripting for a unique effect.

Science and Industry

Sabine Stonebender offers a couple unique pieces from her collection, the playful Love of Family (featuring brand-new sculpted heart prims) and her Kaleidoscope – s piece that combines her custom-made textures with sophisticated usage of minimal scripts. SL artists who want to integrate scripting into their artwork would do well to spend an hour at Sabine’s knee and listen. In my mind, she and Sasun Steinbeck are the masters in the world of scripted artwork.

Love of Family and Kaleidoscope

Next up, Breeze Winnfield takes a Sabine texture and turns it into a gorgeous, spinning Plasma Pirouette.

Plasma Pirouette

New (to SL) artist Ub Yifu contacted me out of nowhere and offered his 3D recreations of real life masterworks. We chose to display his interactive version of Matisse’s Blue Nude. Yes, I mean interactive; you can actually walk inside the sculpture kiosk and look at the piece in three dimensions. What a creative idea – meaningfully bridging the gap between real life and Second Life!

Blue nude

Lastly, your humble author offers up his brand new, 6-prim piece called Aqua. I’ve taken to exploring a few tracks simultaneously: 1) The torus prim as a sculpture tool, 2) the strategic use of particles to achieve dramatic effect (like with Signs of Life) and 3) combining texture, shine and bumpmapping in new and different ways. Aqua takes me a little further ahead on all fronts. Not symmetrical like Multicolor Twist or Three Colors, this one is a little more abstract as the aqua-blue-green-purple waves float toward the sky. You can see the particle burst in the image below, and the texture work was an absolute joy. I have a package of “synthetic” textures that I used on Multicolor Twist and Aqua and will likely draw upon that group as I stretch the color combinations beyond recognition. It might not look like much, but it’s pretty exciting for me. I hope you enjoy it and all the other, more legitimate, pieces that fill Oyster Bay.


[UPDATE: In response to a client request, I developed a version of the piece at 60% scale.  A little less grand, but certainly less imposing and more adaptable to a host of interior environments.]

Now, back to preparations for the Black Tie and Blues event!

Black Tie and Blues: Our machinima release event

Black Tie and Blues


Celebrating the premiere of the new Oyster Bay machinima by Kronos Kirkorian


Oyster Bay Sculpture Garden and Aquarium, Oyster (

Overflow teleport location: Oyster Bay Market (adjacent property), Shepherd (

Thursday, 21 June 2007

6:30PM SLT – Introduction to “Spring 2007 @ Oyster Bay” by Kronos Kirkorian and in-world, streamed premiere

7:00PM SLT – Komuso Tokugawa concert – An hour of boogie blues live from Tokyo, Japan


SECOND LIFE – Oyster Bay (a unique sculpture garden, aquarium and cultural market center with a footprint covering nearly one-half of a sim in Second Life) will roll out the red carpetfor the forthcoming premiere of a brand-new machinima by noted Second Life machinima artist Kronos Kirkorian. This short film (running time 4:30), “Spring 2007 @ Oyster Bay,” focusses Kronos’ professional cinematic eye on over 20 of the unique Second Life sculpture pieces that are part of the Oyster Bay spring show.

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