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A chance to try out a range of instruments ...

A chance to try out a range of instruments …

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 3rd December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams where we’ll be exploring the an amazing new region, created to demonstrate the potential and possibilities of sound in Second Life. And it’s a huge amount of fun too!

Of Sound Mind - there's a wealth of sounds here!

Of Sound Mind – there’s a wealth of sounds here!

Usually one goes to LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) sims to see the creations of Second Life’s best known (and sometimes newly discovered) artists. Many will offer a high level of interactivity in their creations – some will offer sound as part of this.But Of Sound Mind goes further. It’s an installation – more properly a series of installations – that references primarily sounds. It’s the creation of Lorin Tone and Friends (said friends including Glyph Graves, Madcow Cosmos, Inventor Alchemi, Mia Anais, Meriadne Merlin, P4ndor4 Quintessa, Marcus Parrott, Judi Newall, Chantal Harvey and Cube Republic). There’s a wealth of different environments and sounds to explore – instruments to interact with … and, actually, some stunning things to see, ranging from a spooky cave to a giant musical castle in the air, from a Hindu temple with a wealth of musical instruments to an amazing total windsculpture by Glyph Graves.

Sculpture by Glyph Graves at Of Sound Mind

Sculpture by Glyph Graves at Of Sound Mind

We’ll be exploring as many of these as we can fit into the show, talking to Lorin Tone and some of the creators such as Glyph Graves, emSynth, and Meriadne Merlin and – hopefully – inspiring you to pay a visit yourselves!

All this makes for a fascinating show – so make sure that you don’t miss it! Do come and join us at 2pm!

A cave full of spooky sounds ...

A cave full of spooky sounds …

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Circe on her beloved Laurel Arts Isle

Circe on her beloved Laurel Arts Isle

Circe Broom, the owner and creator of the beautiful Egyptian-themed Laurel Arts Isle and a long-time supporter of the Arts in Second Life – especially music and poetry – has died. The woman behind the avatar has passed away after a long illness.

Crap Mariner, who knew her well, has posted a short and beautiful tribute on his blog – and examples of Circe’s own 100 word stories.

Circe in her Temple on Laurel Arts Isle

Circe in her Temple on Laurel Arts Isle

I had visited Laurel Arts Isle for events a few times, but I first met Circe properly at the beginning of this year when we decided to feature the Isle and her work in a Designing Worlds show. She spoke on the show about the struggle to keep music venues open in Second Life in the face of high tier and dwindling returns. She also spoke to us about the difficulties of doing this with failing health.  What came shining through was her love of music, her love of Second Life, and above all her zest for life and her determination.

Sadly, shortly after the show was filmed, she had to give up the Isle. That wasn’t the end of her work and support for the Arts, though. She continued to work with and for poets and musicians in Second Life, even when she was resident in a hospice as the end drew near.

Memorial for Circe at Circe's New Poets Sanctuary, New Brighton

Memorial for Circe at Circe’s New Poets Sanctuary, New Brighton

The last time I saw her in the Pixel was at SL9B. The Egyptian stage there was intended, in part, as a tribute to Circe and her work in promoting Second Life music and musicians.  We hoped she would be around to see it – and she was.  Seeing Circe running up and down the dunes in KT Syakumi’s awesome desert, and her excitement as she found more and more treasures, was one of the real joys of SL9B for me.

The Desert Stage at Sl9B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Desert Stage at Sl9B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We spoke after that, and I knew that the diagnosis was terminal, and that the end would not be long.  And now it has come. For me, as for so many of Circe’s many friends, the news that this vital vibrant woman is no longer with us is profoundly sad.

Here is Circe on Designing Worlds, talking about her beloved Laurel Arts Isle:

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Of Sound Mind

Of Sound Mind

Today Designing Worlds is paying a visit to the new LEA sim created by Lorin Tone and (a very impressive bunch of) Friends, and so it seemed appropriate that our jigsaw should be drawn from that.

And, with all the amazing quirks and surprises – the weird and the wonderful and the just plain bonkers, it also seemed entirely appropriate that this jigsaw should be a crazy cut.

The show will be going out at 2pm and I’ll be saying more about it in a separate post later. But for now – enjoy the jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

Of Sound Mind

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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