Saturday, November 13, 2010


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!