The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse is a global collaboration of composers, artists and musicians that approaches the virtual reality platform Second Life as an instrument itself. The Orchestra conceives, designs and builds its own virtual instruments, making it possible for each individual performer in the Orchestra to trigger sounds independent from one another and to play together in real time. These instruments feature sound, visuals, and animations. A performance of a jumping, hovering, floating, dancing, and twirling Avatar Orchestra Metaverse is a truly spectacular event.

Avatar Orchestra performs regularly in Second Life and in mixed reality events at new media, music and visual arts centres in North America, Europe and Asia.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Machinima in the Making

The Avatar Orchestra and its extended family has been busy rehearsing and preparing for a machinima of Rotating Brains / Beating Heart, the mixed reality work originally made as a collaboration between  Stelarc, Pauline OliverosFranziska Schroeder, Tina Pearson and members of the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse for a premiere at Brunel University in the UK.

Pyewacket, Free, North, Stelarc, Gumno and others on location.
Photo by Yael Gilks (Fau Ferdinand)
This is the most complex project of the Orchestra to date and involves the coming together of global multi-disciplinary team living in six timezones and three continents.

Artist, videographer and Soup Radio host Steve Millar (Arahan Claveau) is filming and editing the machinima from London, England. Steve / Arahan also operated the Second Life camera for the UK mixed reality premiere of Rotating Brains / Beating Heart.

Second Life curator and artist Ze Moo has also been assisting with the project from Amsterdam, Netherlands, as has Yael Gilks (Fau Ferdinand) from London. Yael is an artist and co-curator of the Second Life Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulator.
Videographer Arahan Claveau (aka Steve Millar)
on location at RMIT
The machinima will present a virtual reality version of Rotating Brains / Beating Heart that focuses on the performance of avatars and automatons within Stelarc's giant brain and heart installation located at the RMIT simulator in Second Life.

The automatons, operated by Stelarc (Stelarc Luic) and his associate Daniel Mounsey (Pyewacket Kazyanenko), both operating from Melbourne, Australia, were created by Pyewacket to perform a series of animations and make the sounds of a robotic arm. Text particles, also created by Pyewacket, float through the installation and the performance, while the rotating brains and beating heart contain performing and tech avatars (hidden) respectively.

The collaboration has inspired the development of innovative audio-visual instrument design and developed the practice and skill of Avatar Orchestra performers, who each manage simultaneous sound, visual and movement controls in tight formation throughout the piece.

AOM avatars and USA - based Pauline Oliveros (Free Noyes) perform with a collection of new instruments made by AOM members Andreas Mueller (Bingo Onomatopoeia) in Regensburg Germany, Norman Lowrey (North Zipper) in Madison New Jersey and Tim Risher (Flivelwitz Alsop) in Durham North Carolina.

Stelarc (Stelarc Luic) with robotic arm on location
at RMIT in Second Life. Photo Sachiko Hayashi
One of the exciting developments for this work is a "mixer" interface, designed by Norman Lowrey at the request of Pauline Oliveros for her performance in the piece. The 9-channel Drone Mixer contains nine looped drone sounds:

-- The drone (D4) from Pauline's virtual reality piece Heart of Tones, also made for AOM;
-- The amplified alpha brain waves of Pauline and composer Alvin Lucier vibrating percussion instruments from a performance of Lucier's 1965 piece "Music for Solo Performer" (incidentally, this was the first known work in history to to use brain waves to make sound);
-- Brain wave sounds recorded by Stelarc during one of his robotic arm performances;
-- Saxophone multiphonics played by Franziska Schroeder;
-- Inhaled and exhaled vocal sounds from Viv Corringham and Tina Pearson.
The 9-channel mixer, as seen in the photo, has a volume slider that allows for increasing amplitude settings for each individual drone. The mixer appears as a HUD interface on the computer screen of its operator. The sound is emitted by invisible "receivers" located in each of the five brains in the installation - 9 drone receivers per brain.


HUD instruments used by AOM and Pauline Oliveros (Free Noyes)
L-R Womb HUD; Thump HUD; 9-channel Drone Mixer;
AOM animation HUD; Five Brain mixer.
The 9-channel Drone Mixer is but one of the many audio-visual and animation instruments designed specifically for this collaboration. Others include a Five Brain mixer (also made by Norman), used to control the rotation speed, transparency-opacity levels and sound volume of the five giant brains in the installation.

Another is the Thump instrument, built by Andreas Mueller from a concept by Tina Pearson and containing samples of his daughter's in-womb heart beat in increasing frequencies and rhythmic patterns. This instrument also contains the processed sounds of Tim Risher's circulation system, and intricately crafted samples from Andreas' vast field recorded collection of mechanical scrapings, whirrings and clicks.

Completing the instrument set is the Womb instrument, with sine tone samples by Tina Pearson (Humming Pera) tuned to the harmonic series of 50hz and 60 Hz (up to the 25th and 29th harmonic respectively) and constructed into a HUD by Andreas Mueller. Each instrument's controls appear on the screen of its operators, and include variables for particle emission and volume.

"Rotating Brains / Beating Heart is one of the most important and exciting mixed reality performances that I've ever witnessed."
- Steve Millar (aka Arahan Claveau)

AOM animations for the piece were made by Tim Risher to keep the avatars off the "floor" of the installation, and able to float in subtle vertical movements; or to traverse in larger distances through the virtual space while the avatars are emitting sounds and particles. And finally, Pauline Oliveros' avatar Free Noyes floats in horizontal geometric patterns in and out of the central giant heart above the other performers - achieved with an animation instrument designed by Norman Lowrey.

Giant brains with sounds and particles emitting. Particles from
images of amoebas. Designed by Norman Lowrey.


The performance of Rotating Brains / Beating Heart is not possible without the careful participation of time keepers. Following a 30-minute score by Tina Pearson (see below) while operating animations, sounds and visuals within a constantly transforming environment is not an easy thing. The performers owe a debt of thanks to Dennis Moser, the original time keeper for the premiere performance of the piece, and Leif Inge (Gumnosophistai Nurmi) in Oslo Norway and Brenda Hutchinson (Groucho Parx) in San Francisco for holding the time during the making of the machinima.
Rotating Brains / Beating Heart
score by Tina Pearson (Humming Pera)





Lovely Avatar Orchestra performers participating in this project include

Bingo Onomatopoeia, aka Andreas Müller (Regensburg, Germany)
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom, aka Biagio Francia (Agropoli, Italy)
Carolhyn Wijaya, aka Carolyn Oakley (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Flivelwitz Alsop, aka Tim Risher, (Durham, North Carolina, USA)
Free Noyes, aka Pauline Oliveros (Kingston, NY, USA)
Gargamel Frequency, aka Peter Wong (San Francisco/Oakland, CA, USA)
Groucho Parx, aka Brenda Hutchinson (San Francisco/Brooklyn, USA)
Gumnosophistai Nurmi, aka Leif Inge (Oslo, Norway)
Humming Pera, aka Tina M. Pearson (Victoria, BC, Canada)
North Zipper, aka Norman Lowrey (New Jersey, USA)
Paco Mariani, aka Chris Wittkowsky (Regensburg, Germany)
Pow Zero, aka Ryan Ross Smith (Berkeley, CA, USA)
Saara Edring, aka Seidi Palonen (Helsinki, Finland)
Zonzo Spyker, aka Viv Corringham (Minneapolis, MN, USA / London, UK)

Stay tuned for updates about the Rotating Brains / Beating Heart machinima, and about the soon to be released AOM Heart of Tones machinima made by videographer Brigit Lichtenegger (Evo Szuyuan) of Creative Machinery in Rotterdam.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Toronto

AOM performing Heart of Tones by Pauline Oliveros Nov 6, 2010.
Photo by DeThomas Dibou.

Two Second Life photos from the Avatar Orchestra's mixed reality performance November 6, 2010 at New Adventures in Sound Art venue at Wychwood Barns in Toronto. Photos are by DeThomas Dibou, a German architect and virtual set designer. DeThomas is a long-time collaborator of AOM.

Thanks to the wonderful folk at NAISA for hosting Tina Pearson (Humming Pera) in person and AOM via Second Life: Nadene Thériault-Copeland, Darren Colpeland, Hector Centeno and intern Hannah Dean. AOM sound was dispersed on 12 channels in the performance space, with live manipulations by Darren. Combined with Hector's adept camera work, AOM looked and sounded better than ever. Thanks also to vocalists Anne Bourne and Christine Duncan, who performed beautiful vocals onsite with Viv Corringham's 2-John and Pauline Oliveros' Heart of Tones. 

AOM performing In Whirled (Trance)formations by Norman Lowrey,
Nov. 6, 2010. Photo by Dethomas Dibou.
Most of the audience as well as NAISA personnel and the guest vocalists were very new to Second Life.  Interest in this form of networked virtual performance is growing, with a few composers and musicians from Toronto already setting up Second Life accounts. Possibilities for new collaborations and expansions of our practice are exciting. Thanks, Toronto!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Avatar Orchestra at NAISA in Toronto, Canada

Detail from 2-John particle emissions - design by Norman Lowrey. Photo Chris Wittkowsky.

Avatar Orchestra Metaverse, with guest artists Stelarc and Pyewacket Kazyanenko in Second Life and vocalists Christine Duncan and Anne Bourne on site, will perform two concerts in Toronto November 4 and 6. The Orchestra appears as a guest of New Adventures in Sound Art during its 2010 Sound Play Festival.





AOM performing Rotating Brains / Beating Heart with Stelarc, Sept 2010. Photo Yael Gilks
November 4 Program
OCAD University
1 PM Toronto (10 AM SLT)


Fragula by Bjorn Eriksson
Aleatricity by Andreas Mueller
Rotating Brains / Beating Heart 
by Stelarc, Pauline Oliveros, Tina Pearson and AOM


Featuring live virtual performance by Stelarc and Pyewacket (Australia) and twelve AOM performers from California, British Columbia, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Norway, Finland, Bavaria and Italy 

November 6 Program 
NAISA's Artscape Wychwood Barns studio
8 PM Toronto (5 PM SLT)
601 Christie Avenue, Toronto

2-John by Viv Corringham (World Premiere)
PwRHm2 by Tina Pearson
In Whirled (Trance)formations by Norman Lowrey
Heart of Tones by Pauline Oliveros


Featuring vocalists Christine Duncan, Anne Bourne, Viv Corringham and Tina Pearson. Live virtual performance by Pauline Oliveros, Norman Lowrey, and the members of Avatar Orchetra Metaverse.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Performance Video - Rotating Brains / Beating Heart at DRHA in London


A successful performance September 5, 2010 with Stelarc, Pauline Oliveros and Franziska Schroeder at the Digital Resources for the Humanities and the Arts Conference, Sensual Technologies: Collaborative Practices of Interdisciplinarity (Brunel University, UK).

Click here for link to Video

Yael Gilks filmed the event, including live performers Martin Parker (electronics) and Franziska Schroeder (saxophone). AOM and Free Noyes (Pauline Oliveros) are on screen with Stelarc and Pyewacket Kazyanenko (controlling Stelarc automatons). The Second Life camera operator Steve Millar (Arahan Claveau), and Second Life audio techs Biagio Francia and Dennis Moser can be seen in the background.

Thanks to Steve Millar/Arahan Claveau for editing and uploading the video.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Rotating Brains / Beating Heart - Collaboration with Stelarc


AOM rehearsing Rotating Brains / Beating Heart.
Photo by Yael Gilks / Fau Ferdinand


ROTATING BRAINS / BEATING HEART
Premiere at the opening night of the
Sensual Technologies:
Collaborative Practices of Interdisciplinarity

5th of September 2010 @ 8.30pm UK

A networked collaboration between performance artist Stelarc, the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse and composer Pauline Oliveros in Second Life, with composer/sound artist Martin Parker and saxophonist Franziska Schroeder live at Brunel.

The ROTATING BRAINS / BEATING HEART performance takes place simultaneously at RMIT Creative Media in Second Life and in the Real Life space at Brunel University, London. Second Life visual and audio environment will be streamed to a large projection screen and multichannel sound system at Brunel, and also to the Internet. Second Life performers will be located in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Australia, Canada and the United States.

Stelarc will appear in Second Life where he will interact with the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse and Pauline Oliveros (as avatar Free Noyes) while Martin Parker (live-electronics) and Franziska Schroeder (saxophone) will be performing in the Real Life space at Brunel. Franziska will interact with the musical materials that are emitted from the Avatar Orchestra in Second Life, focusing on the production of air and vocal sounds modulated by her instrument and the live-electronics as performed by Martin Parker.

The Second Life graphic environment consists of an installation of giant body organs - a ring of rotating semi-transparent brains and a beating heart, floating in the virtual space. The transparency of the organs allows avatars to travel ‘inside’ them, triggering the emission of sounds and particles of light. Stelarc’ s avatar, accompanied by automaton Stelarc clones, will perform a choreography of prompted and scripted avatar movements within the ‘organ installation’, mimicking limb movements of Real Life Stelarc muscle stimulations. Stelarc's clones and visual text scripts will be performed by Second Life artist Pyewacket Kazyanenko.

Pauline Oliveros, as her avatar Free Noyes in Second Life, will sound a set of nine drones, built into a virtual mixer. The drones contain sounds of Stelarc's brain waves and muscle stimulation, Franziska's sax playing, a drone from her virtual reality composition Heart of Tones, and sounds of the voices of Viv Corringham (Zonzo Spyker) and Tina Pearson (Humming Pera).

The Avatar Orchestra will perform with a set of two audio visual instruments. One contains increasing frequency heartbeats, sounds of circulation and mechanical sounds, and the emission of textured particles released simultaneously as the sound samples. The other instrument consists of sine tones built on harmonic series frequencies from AC currents. While playing their audio visual instruments, AOM will be using a set of ten looped avatar movement sequences as they come together and fall apart in gracefully entwined avatar shapes. The avatars are encased in amoeba-like forms that glow and emit particles that light up the surrounding space and target the giant organs when sound is emitted.

A project such as this one, which resides the elusive nature of virtual interactivity, attracts the support and partnership of many. Alongside the creative partnership with Stelarc, Franziska, Martin and Pauline, intrinsic creative and technical input was and is contributed by

Pyewacket Kazyanenkoan independent artist working within the realms of Second Life, building and performing with Stelarc since 2008. Pyewacket will be performing the Stelarc automatons and visual text scripts. Pyewacked also created with Stelarc the Rotating Brains / Beating Heart installation, and has consulted about the project with AOM and the creative team since its inception.
Yael Bachar (Fau Ferdinand in SL), who has been a dedicated visual and technical consultant to the team. Fau chose the SL Environment setting for the performance, coloured the giant brain particle textures, assisted with scripting, and consulted on camera operations.
Dennis Moser (Maxwell Biddle in SL), functioning as the Second Life microphone transmitting to the performance venue, has been dedicated to the documentation process of Second Life performance. His assistance with technical and coordination aspects of the project has been invaluable.
Steve Millar (Arahan Claveau) is the camera operator filming the Second Life performance for projection at Brunel. Steve's eye and experience have given shape to the smooth visual representation of the complex performances within the Heart and Brains installation.
Biagio Franca (Blaise de la France Voom), AOM member, is acting as the bringer of Real Life sound (that of Franziska and Martin) to the Second Life performers.

a special thank you to Lilith, whose in-womb heartbeats form the core of one of the AOM audio visual instruments.

The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse creative team for Rotating Brains / Beating Heart:

Andreas Mueller (Bingo Onomatopoeia in SL),
---Design and construction of the two AOM performer virtual audio-visual instruments
---Sound samples and Virtual Sound Design (Mechanical sounds, Heartbeat sounds), Particle textures
---Particle textures for both instruments
Norman Lowrey (North Zipper in SL),
---Design and construction of the virtual 9-channel mixer and animations used by Pauline Oliveros (Free Noyes in SL)
---Sound and particle design for the 5 Giant Brain installation,
---Design and construction of virtual 5-channel Giant Brain mixer
---Brain wave, Circulation and other sound samples
Tim Risher (Flivelwitz Alsop in SL)
---design and construction of avatar animation set used by AOM in performance
---Circulation sound samples
Tina Pearson (Humming Pera in SL)
---Conception of AOM performer audio-visual instruments
---Sound samples (sine tones)
---Composition structures - AOM

Avatar Orchestra PERFORMERS
Bingo Onomatopoeia, aka Andreas Müller (Regensburg, Germany)
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom, aka Biagio Francia (Agropoli, Italy)
Carolhyn Wijaya, aka Carolyn Oakley (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Flivelwitz Alsop, aka Tim Risher, (Durham, North Carolina, USA)
Free Noyes, aka Pauline Oliveros (Kingston, NY, USA)
Goodwind Seiling aka Sachiko Hayashi, Stockholm, Sweden
Gumnosophistai Nurmi, aka Leif Inge (Oslo, Norway)
Humming Pera, aka Tina M. Pearson (Victoria, BC, Canada)
Maxxo Klaar, aka Max D. Well (Regensburg, Germany)
North Zipper, aka Norman Lowrey (New Jersey, USA)
Paco Mariani, aka Chris Wittkowsky (Regensburg, Germany)
Saara Edring, aka Seidi Palonen, Helsinki, Finland
Zonzo Spyker, aka Viv Corringham (Minneapolis, MN, USA / London, UK

The concept and structure for ROTATING BRAINS / BEATING HEART was collectively created by Stelarc, Pyewacket Kazyanenko, Franziska Schroeder, Pauline Oliveros, Tina Pearson and members of the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse.


AOM HUD (Heads-Up-Display) controls, seen on screens of performers. L-R: portion of WOMB sine tone HUD; Thump HUD (3 columns); 9-channel drone mixer used by Free Noyes; 5-Brain Mixer used by North Zipper. 

Rehearsal with Stelarc


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Avatar Orchestra makes magic!

Here below is a review of the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse performance March 27, 2010 at Sea Turtle Island in Second Life. It was written by Michael Peters on his Time Stands Still blog
(Photos by Jeff Duke)

The concert was organized by AOM member Flivelwitz (Tim Risher) and was performed by

Flivelwitz Alsop (Tim Risher, North Carolina)
Bingo Onomatopoeia (Andreas Mueller, Bavaria)
Humming Pera (Tina Pearson, British Columbia)
Maxxo Klaar (Max D Well, Bavaria)
Zonzo Spyker (Vivian Corringham, Minnesota)
North Zipper (Norman Lowrey, New Jersey)
Gumnosophistai Nurmi (Leif Inge, Oslo)
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom (Biagio Francia, Agropoli)
Paco Mariani (Chris Wittkowsky, Bavaria)
Lizsolo Mathilde (Liz Solo, Newfoundland)

The four compositions performed were Bjorn Eriksson's Fragula, Tina Pearson's PwRHm, Tim Risher's Ritual and Andreas Muller's Aleatricity.



Time Stands Still: My Avatar is Not Blue
by Michael Peters

"I went to an amazing concert yesterday - while sitting at home. Or shall we say, as my 'real' body was sitting at home? I was watching the performance while sitting in some kind of amphitheatre, surrounded by two or three dozen of very strange other people. Maybe I was the strangest of all because I didn't even look like a human - for some reason, the avatar that I had chosen looks like a fox.

Since my first login to Second Life a couple of years ago, I had not spent much time there - I always thought it was a nice thing in theory, but disappointingly clunky in reality. I had originally come here with ideas of cyberspace (as William Gibson coined it) or the metaverse (as Neal Stephenson called his version), some other kind of immersive reality full of wonder (as if our regular reality wasn't full of wonder).

Second Life was obviously inspired by these ideas, and even though we still can't directly plug in using some kind of firewire plug in our heads, and instead have to type on keyboards and look on screens, and even though the graphics are far less perfect than I had expected, it has evolved (since its launch in 2003) into an amazing huge parallel universe full of people that interact in many ways (I read that about 60,000 people are logged in at any given moment) , and more places than one can ever visit.

Usually while my fox avatar had explored SL, he was more or less alone - I seem to be drawn more towards the lonely island than towards a busy bar full of strangers. It was nice yesterday though to be in the audience with at least one person that I knew (Jeff Duke, a fellow loop musician from Florida, who also took two photos during the performance - see below).

The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse is a collective of musicians from all over the world, one of them being Pauline Oliveros, to my surprise, a key figure of avantgarde music, livelooping, and deep listening. The orchestra has weekly rehearsals and performs in Second Life, but sometimes also in "First Life". For their Second Life performances, special technology has been developed such as virtual instruments and interactive animations.

The concert yesterday lasted for about one hour. The orchestra consisted of about a dozen musicians this time (with funny Second Life names such as Flivelwitz Alsop, Bingo Onomatopoeia, Humming Pera, Gumnosophistai Nurmi, BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom), playing four compositions by four composers who also did the conducting. The performances were a mixture of very different kinds of electronic sounds, movements, and animations, and I found that I was quickly drawn into their special virtual reality kind of magic and the astonishing dynamics of the pieces.

Something interesting, but hard to describe, happens when one suddenly forgets about the virtuality of this, and gets drawn into this world, which is, after all, populated by avatars of real people. Amazing how quickly the brain gets adjusted to something that is so different to our usual reality. It felt similar to sitting in a really fascinating movie and forgetting about sitting in a movie theatre.

Getting out of this, and back into ordinary reality: the brain switches back, but it takes some minutes. Until then, I wonder about the amazingly high resolution of the trees on the hill and how smoothly I can move across the terrace."

Thanks, Michael!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Orchestra to Perform in Electrosmog Festival March 20


Tireless AOM member Gumnosophistai Nurmi (aka Leif Inge) has arranged with his friend Ze Moo for the Orchestra to perform a live concert March 20, 2010 in the Electrosmog International Festival for Sustainable Immobility in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The ElectroSmog festival is a critique of the worldwide explosion of mobility, and an exploration of the new forms of connectedness with others offered to us by network and communication technologies.

What a perfect fit for the globally connected virtual bio mass that the orchestra has become.

PROGRAM

PwRHm Beats
by Humming Pera (aka Tina Pearson, BC, Canada)
In Whirled (Trance) Formations
by North Zipper (aka Norman Lowrey, New Jersey, USA)
Aleatricity
by Bingo Onomatopoeia (aka Andreas Mueller, Bavaria, Germany)

PERFORMERS

Flivelwitz Alsop (Tim Risher, North Carolina)
Carolyn Wijaya (Carolyn Oakley, Colorado)
Bingo Onomatopoeia (Andreas Mueller, Bavaria)
Humming Pera (Tina Pearson, British Columbia)
Maxxo Klaar (Max D Well, Bavaria)
Zonzo Spyker (Vivian Corringham, Minnesota)
North Zipper (Norman Lowrey, New Jersey)
Gumnosophistai Nurmi (Leif Inge, Oslo)
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom (Biagio Francia, Agropoli)
Paco Mariani (Chris Wittkowsky, Bavaria)
Free Noyse (Pauline Oliveros, New York)
Lizsolo Mathilde (Liz Solo, Newfoundland)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Avatar Orchestra to Collaborate with Stelarc

AOM has been invited to collaborate on a performance work with the Australian performance artist Stelarc for a presentation at the Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts) Conference to be held in London from September 5 - 8, 2010. The invitation comes via Franziska Schroeder, the Program Chair for this year's DRHA conference, and professor at the School for Music and Sonic Arts at Queen's University in Belfast. 

The Orchestra will create an interactive audiovisual landscape which they will perform in Second Life and streamed to the Conference performance site, while Stelarc and Franziska will appear both as avatars in Second Life and as live, computer controlled bodies at the Conference site. Pauline Oliveros will also be appearing in Second Life with AOM. Stay tuned for more news about this exciting project.

Monday, January 25, 2010

gg hootenany January 26, 2010



Avatar Orchestra Metaverse will make a special appearance at ghandi's release party and global gaming singalong Tuesday, January 26 at 12 noon SLT.

Event information is here
The url for Second Life location is here

About Gandhi in Second Life...

"In the Spring of 2008, Joseph DeLappe/MGandhi Chakrabarti reenacted Gandhi’s famous 1930 Salt March using a treadmill converted for use in cyberspace to walk 240 miles guiding his Gandhi avatar throughout the online community of Second Life. For the past 9 months, DeLappe has continued the reenactment by imprisoning MGandhi in a virtual recreation of Mahatma Gandhi’s 1930, post-Salt March jail cell where he was held by the British from May 5, 1930 to January 26, 1931. MGandhi has sat in his virtual cell at Yeravda Prison, 24 hours a day on Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance island in Second Life, greeting visitors and engaging in daily “readings” from the infamous Bush era “torture memos”. These performative readings, entitled “Twitter Torture” have been fed, live, from the local text chat in Second Life to DeLappe’s Twitter and Facebook updates."


The Orchestra will create a musical accompaniment, using its inworld instruments, to "Give Peace a Chance" by Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and invites the audience to sing along with virtual sound. Following the singalong, the Orchestra will dedicate to Ghandi and Peace a meditative improvisation using virtual instruments from its compositions Fadheit, Fragula, Birth, PwRHm, In Whirled(Trance)Formations, Ritual, Rue Blanche and Aleatricity.