New Komuso blues downloads include “Bay City Visions” piece

Komuso Tokugawa offers holiday greetings as only he can…komuso-bay-city-visions

BRINGING THE BOOGIE TO THE BITSTREAM

Thank you for your generous support of my SL Live music experiments.
Please enjoy this 50 minute sonic snak pak of 2008 live music cuts from both SecondLife ™ and Real Life (tm*2).

Komuso’s SonicSnakPak is donationware, so if you like it and have some spare change feel free to drop whatever you want on me in L$ in SL or US$ via paypal at komuso@sonicviz.com

I’d also mucho appreciate it if you could pass it on to your music loving friends who you think might like it! Your enemies even!!;-))

The SL tracks are all genuine SL Live gig recordings. I record all my gigs at 24bit 44khz before it goes out on the stream to SL so I always have a high quality master recording in case I actually play some blues instead of mistak…er, jazz!

SL Toons @ 256kbps mp3
1. St James Blues 5’18”. Recorded at Second Arts Photo Exhibition opening 08 Dec 2008. Thanks to Morris Vig for the gig! [My pleasure, Komuso!]
2. Dia De Los Muertos 4’29” (tip o’ the hat to George Thorogood’s Delaware Slide). Recorded at Pat O’Briens 14 Dec 2008. Thanks to Votslav Hax, Bobbyjo and the crew for the gig!
3. The Desert Blues 9’19” (Apologies to Percy Bysshe Shelley) Recorded at Twilight Jazz Club 17 Dec 2008. Thanks to Colleen, Lazlo, Quote for the gig!
4. Poor Boy 10’58” (Trad and Howlin’ Wolf/Chester Burnett) Recording at Triumph Cove 19 Dec 2008. Thanks to Ursula Cinquetti, Cher, and Blaze Columbia for the gig!

Thanks to all the other venues, hosts and musicians as well.

RL Toons 21’18” track @ 256kbps
Live recording from Amnesty International Xmas party at “What The Dickens”, Ebisu,Tokyo 14 Dec 2008. Straight into a Peavey Classic 30 amp with my trusty Hohner G3T guitar. Not a great harp sound and dodgy vocals, but hey, there you go!
Rough and Dirty Blues – mind the Jazz!. A quick throw together band and our first live gig after only a quick rehearsal beforehand.
Ken Hayashi (Spitfire Hulcranz in SL ) on drums, and Forrest Nelson (Duzzy Ryder in SL) on Bass.
Toons:
1. Help Me (after a rather strange start!) Little Walter Jacobs
2. Give Me Back My Wig. Hound Dog Taylor
3. King Bee. Slim Harpo/James Moore
4. Delaware Slide/Dia De Los Muertos – ode to George Thorogood and more…

Y’all take care.
2009 is going to be tough year all round, so stay safe, be nice but keep your wits about you, and don’t forget your weekly random act of kindness.

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Komuso to play at Second Arts!

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That’s right, Komuso is going to offer up his blues brilliance inworld at Second Arts this coming Sunday!  If you’ve seen the Aussie sensei play live from Tokyo, you know what a treat it is.  If you haven’t shaken your pixel thing to the rhythms provided by Beato-san and Basso-san, you owe it to yourself to check out what all the fuss is about.  (Warning: Komuso shows are VERY popular.  Show up early to make it into the sim, and be ready for a little lag.)

See you then!  Can’t wait!

Back from vacation

Hey ‘dere, you readers of this here blog-thingamajigg…

I’m back from vacation, which was mildly disappointing, but I got the suntan (sunburn, actually) that I’ve never been able to get from my monitor.   (Oh, LCD screen.  Hmmm.)

Anyway, time away (less my hanging out at Mitch Kapor’s ballyhooed “important announcement” at SL5B) gives one time to ponder things like my “OMG you gotta be kidding me” RL job and my “WTF happened to Morris?” grid existence.  I’ll spare you the RL stuff, but let’s talk about the Second Life ™ side, which also has been impacted by my scan of a week’s worth of RSS feed speed-reading:

  • Nothing I heard from Mitch Kapor inspired any confidence in Linden Lab or Second Life.  Period.  The guy doesn’t get what SL ™ is about to the residents, but it’s his (and Phil’s) toy…and we’re oh so lucky to be playing with it.
  • My most compelling reasons to stay in SL right now are 1) my inventory and 2) my friends.  Considering the inevitable interoperability of different grids, I’d pay Linden Lab to let me take my “second identity” with me as I hop around the grids.
  • I like my new place @ Bay City (especially the $8 tier!), but I’ll probably hop to a Void Sim once Linden Lab opens them up individually to registered users.  Or maybe a OpenSim sim once the server product improves and the service providers prove some longer-term reliability.
  • The new Release Candidate viewer FINALLY got rid of the glow bar and grid design on my snaps.  At least during the one time I used it.  Let’s hope the fixes stick…and the impressive new memory leaks get plugged SOON!  (Paging Dr. Beresford…)
  • I’m so happy that the new Release Candidate viewer is fixed, because I REALLY want to get moving on my next book.
  • A friend suggested I improve the ties between my Bay City place and this blog.  As in, promote an SL artisan on this blog and then showcase their work inworld.  I’m really intrigued by that idea and will likely implement it soon.
  • Even though I own land again on the grid, the walkabout continues.  Probably will for a while.  I’ve enjoyed the exploring a great deal.  Another cool side-benefit of the viewer fix is that you should see more walkabout snaps around these parts.
  • I need my Komuso fix.  Real soon.  I miss the SL music scene…

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

The Best Second Life Arts Event Ever

Major league congratulations to Isolde Flamand, who hosted the perfect storm of an event last night with the closing party for her Spring 2008 “Mosaic in SLiving Color” show. It was, in my humble opinion, The Best Second Life Arts Event Ever. And I’ve hosted a couple events and attended a couple more, so I’ll suggest that my opinion is pretty well informed.

What made the “Mosaic” show so great? A number of factors, which I will detail:

  • A creative concept: The idea of individuals purchasing prim “tiles” and placing their unique inworld photos representing the coming of Spring on the tiles was something I’d never seen before.
  • Engagement of the larger grid community in something bigger than any one person: L$1 per tile! L$10 per photo upload! For L$11 per tile, anyone had a chance to share a little personally-generated creativity.
  • A great performer: For my money, MoShang Zhao is one of SL’s top performers (and talented enough to match up as equals with SL blues god Komuso Tokugawa in an ambient experience like few others). He plays an accessible brand of music and engages the crowd like few others do. Special props to MoShang for open sourcing his Asian Variations CD, which I know many have used as their means to check out MoShang’s music before purchasing other music from this talented, prolific artist. MoShang also said he’s busy producing a few other artists right now, but he will be focusing his next efforts on deep house music. I am SO pumped to learn this.
  • Lots of friends: Gosh, Isolde has a lot of them. And they turn out when Isolde sends out the call. Life lesson to all SLers: Be a friend to others, and they will be there for you.
  • Lots of newcomers: This is less expected but no less welcome. I saw a LOT of new names at the party. The great music, enticing art display and witty banter amongst the pixel peeps clearly was an attractive combination for the uninitiated.
  • A sim crash: Here is where this event truly rises above the other great art-music-fellowship events. Many fine programs attract a bunch of dancing queens and kings with sufficient capacity to crash a sim. (And no event qualifies as a great event in Second Life unless you crash the sim.) This time, however, the style points won out. We didn’t just crash the sim. We crashed it with pillows. That’s right kids, we used temp-rezzing pillow launchers to pummel each other and the Havok 4 sim senseless. It may have been the best sim crash that I’ve ever been a part of.

Hats off to the new master. It was a genuine joy to be a part of last night’s event.

[UPDATE: Just to show that we’re not 100% virtual-centric, Isolde suggested that I pass along this YouTube video of MoShang playing in RL. Apparently his avatar and his humanoid have the same mad skillz…and moves!]

Machinima: MoShang Zhao & Komuso

Osprey Therian was wise (and talented) enough to make this machinima of the aural/visual feast from last night’s gig featuring MoShang Zhao and Komuso Tokugawa playing live – together – while connecting from different countries. MoShang’s in Taiwan; Komuso’s in Tokyo, Japan. Regardless, the music is great. Komuso’s particle show is a treat to watch as well!

Happy Anniversary, Oyster Bay!

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