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.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Images from Vancouver Calling, Improvising across platforms

The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse performed in a networked composition by Pauline Oliveros during her presentation, via Skype, at the Canadian New Music Network Forum 2012 in Vancouver, January 22.

Randy Raine-Reusch introducing Pauline and AOM

The composition was performed after Pauline's presentation of the Deep Listening Institute's Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI) program, demonstrated by Jackie Heyen, also via Skype.

After the demonstration, musicians attending the Forum were invited to participate in the piece. Some were instructed how to play with the three AUMI programs installed on iMac computers in front of the stage.

Others were provided monitors that gave a view of two groups of AOM performers in Second Life and given information about the virtual instruments and visual representations of sound.

Pauline gave the performance instructions for Vancouver Calling to all the live players - musicians in Vancouver on acoustic instruments, AUMI players in Vancouver, Jackie playing AUMI via Skype in New York, and the Avatar Orchestra in Second Life. See the score here.

And then the global multi-platform telematic performance.

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