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  1. Tone Uriza at Blues Seduction This week's featured artist is Tone Uriza, a local blues legend in his home state of Arizona and an active Second Life musician since 2007. Check out his website to listen to his music and learn more about his lengthy performance career. He also plays at his own club, Blues Seduction (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rainy Valley/238/227/21) every Saturday at 7pm SLT. Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life? A: I found out about Second Life in January of 2007. A friend of mine that played drums in my hometown, Kyle Bronsdon (aka Kyle Beltran in Second Life), sent out an email to all of his musician friends and fans about a virtual club that he had created. He said we could all come and see his avatar perform on our computers. The catch was it required creating a Second Life account. Because some of our peers were technically challenged (mostly baby boomers) most just ignored the email. But I did not. You see, I began studying digital electronics in 1976. From 1980 to 1989 I worked for a digital electronics research and development corporation as a line tech and later as a senior technician for reliability engineering. Needless to say, I used computers on a daily basis for testing line product as well as new designs from engineering. All the while playing music professionally at night. In 1990 I quit my day job and went full-time as a professional musician and sound tech. Meanwhile, I began raising a family and wanted to stay close to home while my wife worked by day as a computer aided drafts person for a missile corporation. Her job required a computer so we got our first PC in 1995. I became fascinated with it and started building and fixing PCs for myself and others. So when Kyle emailed about Second Life I had come to a time when I was not playing in the real world much, so I said yes please to SL. And I was so happy I did. It came very naturally to me as I was also a casual gamer. My experience with sound tech made it easy for me to set myself up with a stream and start playing to a worldwide audience. I left for a short period to take care of health issues, but it’s all good now. I came back in December of 2019 and started getting bookings right away. Soon I was able to set up a club of my own. I like having one as a backup in case I have a cancellation or just feel like playing when nothing is scheduled. One of the great aspects of Second Life is the flexibility. Real world performers and clubs don’t have nearly as much flexibility. I play several venues now on a regular basis, and I have Blues Seduction, which is the name of my club. Q: How did playing music become a part of your life? A: Well that's an easy one. It runs in my family. My dad played guitar, my uncles played guitar, my maternal grandfather played guitar, my mom played piano, and her mom played guitar as well. An interesting fact about my maternal grandfather: he played guitar and sang in the brothels that peppered the Arizona-Mexico border at the turn of the last century. So when I asked my dad for a guitar at 9 years old, he immediately said yes, took me down to Sears, and got me my first guitar. I’ve been playing ever since. That would be 56 years. Well except when I had to have carpal tunnel surgery. LOL. Q: Are your band members also SL Residents? A: Only one, but the band was retired a few years back in the real world. His name is Marx Loeb aka Speelo Snook in Second Life. He DJs in SL these days. My friend Kyle is also still in SL and sings/plays piano in his own club, Meatspace. Q: Blues music has been interpreted in so many different ways, how do you personally describe it? A: Historically, everyone knows where and when the music came to fruition. But it has transcended history to become a major thread in the fabric of American life. The blues are nothing more than a good person feeling bad and having a musical language or vehicle to communicate that, and possibly rid oneself of the feeling. It can also be a very celebratory type of music, such as the blues from the New Orleans area. Q: Tell us about the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame experience! A: The Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame is a virtual place where musicians and supporters of the blues can pay homage to the outstanding achievements of the great players in our state who have used their music and notoriety to promote and preserve the blues heritage. I am humbly honored to be included as an individual player. Additionally, my band The Torpedoes was recently inducted this year. Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you? A: I think that would have to be how much they support one another and care for each other. And it allows all kinds of collaborations by musicians that would have never come together otherwise. But there are so many, it’s hard to name just one. All I know is that I love to play for people and Second Life has been a blessing for my soul. Thank you, Linden Lab. Thank you, Tone! If you or somebody you know would like to submit content for Music Mondays, please fill out this form.
  2. This week’s featured musical artist is Komuso Tokugawa, whose work defies easy categorization. His style has evolved over many years of studying music to the molecular level and is also deeply informed by his travels and different cultures. (Photo Courtesy of Komuso Tokugawa) Q: When and how did you discover Second Life? A: In 2005 I was in Australia researching game based learning and heard about SL. At the time they didn't allow international signups. Eventually they opened it up and I signed up. I quickly discovered there were a handful of musicians live streaming into SL and that sounded interesting (literally!) so I got to work (with the help of some great SL collaborators) and started jamming too. There are a few of those original musicians still jamming in SL too! Q: You describe your music as Bitstream Boogie and Bluestronica. For those not familiar with these terms, could you please describe them? A: I have a lot of musical interests, and I like doing mashups of different genres to create new hybrid musical genres to go with my experiments into new sounds and instruments. Bitstream Boogie I'd describe as a mix of groove-based Mississippi Hill country blues blended with world music roots rhythms and sonic experimentation around a core of blues tone. Bluestronica is a mix of electronica grooves with electric blues. I've also done a lot of ambient music work. Q: What drew you to these genres? Any albums you would suggest? A: Great question! If I had to describe my style in a short sentence I’d say it’s all about Groove, Tone, and Story. The groove is the heartbeat of the song, the tone is the emotion expressed through instruments/voice, and the story is the composition and arrangement flow that takes the listener on a journey. Any music that has those three elements captures my mind, body, and spirit. There are so many great influences but to pick a few: -Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder - Talking Timbuktu -Morcheeba - Who can you Trust? -Younger Brother: A Flock of Bleeps -Atomic Skunk & Bluetech - anything by them -The Blues Roots: Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor, Etta James, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and so many more. Q: What instruments do you play, and how did you start playing music? I sing and play slide guitar mainly (with a dose of finger style and pick), harmonica (mainly in a rack), Shakuhachi, and electronics of different types via different control interfaces. I developed a dynamically controlled AI rhythm section as backing for playing online in SL. My parents had an extensive record collection so I grew up listening to a lot of jazz and big band music. Then one night I was trawling the airwaves on my radio (a device we had back pre-internet days) and out of the static came this sound I'd never heard before - the crying sound of a blues harmonica and it captivated me with the emotion. I'd found the weekly blues show from a university radio station, and I was off on a musical discovery journey. I'm mainly self taught but I've since done a music master’s degree. My experience being a self taught musician has also been behind my development of music education apps like https://harpninja.com/. I'm currently in the alpha testing stage of a new web app I'm developing to help musicians practice more efficiently and effectively. Q: Your music draws from musical styles found all over the world. How did you learn about these? A: A big part of it was the uni radio station I mentioned before, they had specialist shows of different genres you never typically heard: African, folk, world music, etc. When I went to uni there I volunteered for graveyard announcer shifts and spent them exploring their eclectic album library. Since then I've lived all over the world (now in Tokyo) and have explored many musical cultures. Q: What aspects of the SL music community are the most meaningful to you? A: SL music has always been the "killer app" of SL to me due to its effectiveness in bringing diverse people together to create long term virtual relationships through the high bandwidth emotional channel of live music. Some examples: -Venue owners like Dr. John Kane, owner of Dr. John's Music Park (and also a great musician!), where I've been performing a weekly gig every Friday night since 2013. There's been a bunch of other great venue owners and promoters over the years (RIP Circe Broom). -Real time music jams/collaborations with other musicians, like fellow SL musicians Hathead Rickenbacker, Noma Falta, and others. An example of one real time networked live music event in a custom juke joint set I made, filmed by the late great SL Machinima artist Osprey Therian (RIP). -The audience relationships. I'm forever grateful to anyone who's willing to listen to my musical experiments, and happy it can help soothe their soul. It's as much musical therapy for me as it is for the audience. Many of them are long-time SL'ers who I've never met in real life but we come together via SL to have a high touch emotional connection experience via live music. -One of my audience wrote this about me which I think describes my style best: “Komuso Tokugawa’s approach to the blues is unique. The rough-around-the-edges sound is often described as ‘dirty’, ‘grungy’ or ‘alternative.’ Highly experimental, Komuso takes influences from world music and wraps them around the emotionally charged blues core to create his sound.” Please check out his music below! Websites https://komuso.info/ https://sonicviz.com/ Audio Links SoundCloud https://hearthis.at/sonicviz/ Videos https://komuso.info/category/videos/
  3. (photo courtesy of Mike00 Carnell) This week’s featured artist is Mike00 Carnell, bringing us rock music with an infusion of upbeat blues guitar from Hamburg, Germany. For his performances in Second Life, he is usually accompanied by Henrietta the goat, pictured above. (She also has a RL counterpart.) Check out his SoundCloud for some fun bops to start your week with! Q: How and when did you hear about Second Life? A: A friend from Skype told me about SL in 2007 and after a few weeks I decided to create an account. Her name is Amelle Loon. Q: What instruments do you play and what brands/models do you prefer? A: My main instrument is the guitar. At the SL music jams I also play bass and cachon/drums or percussion. The main brands for guitars I use are Fender, Gibson, Taylor and Martin and for amps Fender, Marshall and Roland (RL use). Q: Your SoundCloud says you live in Germany. Can you tell us about some cool German musicians that people in other countries might not know about? A: I’ve been to SL music jams or meetups in Germany, Netherlands, England, and USA, and I have met a lot of great musicians at all of them. The ones from Germany are Aminus Writer, Lani Aboma, Wolem Wobbit, Mark Taylor, Edy Rau and more. By now I call them all RL friends. Q: I remember hearing "Without You" by Harry Nilsson and how much I loved it, and then my mind was blown even more when I heard "Si no estas tu," the Spanish version. Have you ever had a moment like that? How many languages do you sing in? A: I know the feeling of suddenly hearing a song you know in another language. My preferred language for songs is English for some reason. In SL I sing in English and German. Some people are kinda surprised to hear songs in German in SL, which makes me smile. Q: Tell us about the most memorable show you've played or seen in SL. A: The most memorable shows are always the dual (greetings to KevinMThomas Carpool) or multi-streaming shows when you interact with one (or up to three) other musician(s) to create a full band live sound. It is so much fun and also challenging to all jam together. Q: What is the most meaningful part of the SL music community to you? A: The most meaningful part of the SL music community is that people from all over the world are connected together, and due to the time zones you can listen to live music almost 24/7. You can listen to all kinds of music, many languages, and accents. Especially these days, it’s very nice to have SL live music, you can still play gigs or listen to other musicians, being around people without risking anything. Thanks so much, Mike00! If you or somebody you know would like to be featured in Music Mondays, please fill out this form. Wait times on hearing a response will vary, as we have received an enthusiastic response from many talented musicians (to our delight, of course!).
  4. TP OVER & BRING FRIENDS FAMILY ! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Decadent%20Isle/39/155/21 Hey Everyone It's Sunday: It's time to end this long week with some SMOOTH BLUES!!
  5. HELLO EVERYONE! "DJ JON IS BACK FROM HIS VACATION!!!" DJ JON IS BACK DJING AT JJ'S JOINT & PLAYING THE BLUES EVERY SUNDAY 6-8 PM SLT COME ON OVER & PARTY WITH US ON THE DOCK! ~HE IS A GREAT DJ! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE~ Party is now on! here's your personal invitation! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Decadent Isle/39/155/22
  6. The Smokestack Lightning Blues Club is hiring DJs and Hosts. Djs must have experience with lots of blues. Applications are at the following landing area... http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Silicone Valley/49/219/22
  7. 4 Hours Of Rocking Blues on Tues May 14 at Bray’s Place Blues Club in support of The Relay For Life of Second Life. Best rockin’ blues, delta blues, Chicago blues, old and new! Garb your friends and come on down for the party and hep us Lead The Fight For A World Without Cancer!
  8. HIRING BLUES DJs @ FOREVER BLUES CLUB Forever Blues Club is a brand new D/s friendly blues club, and we're looking for experienced blues DJs! Opening day will be August 14th, so we're gearing up now! REQUIREMENTS: Must specialize in blues music! Strict blues format. Sub genres such as Chicago, Delta, Piedmont, etc. No contemporary or rock styled blues please. Must be able to DJ without a host...so posting notices, posting to SL search, and greeting/talking with VIPS is a must. Must use mic for voice overs over the stream. Must provide your own stream that supports a minimum of 50 listeners. Must remain in human form while on premises. Must work on a permanent weekly schedule, one to two shifts. Hours of operation starting out will be Monday thru Thursday for the 8p-10p & 10p-12a shifts! Other days and times will be added per demand! These are guarantee paid DJ shifts!!! Pay will be discussed upon a job offer Contact LORELEIDARLING in world to set up an audition, or stop by the club (still under construction), for an application located in the kiosk on the stage! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreamworld Orca/71/200/25
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