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.

V I D E O + A U D I O

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2015

In Whirled Trance(Formations)
Mixed reality version with Avatar Orchestra in Second Life and a group of musicians in Berlin.

Avatar Orchestra Metaverse performing Norman Lowrey's "In Whirled Trance(Formations)" for the closing ceremony of "Ariadne's Phylogenetic Shoelace," a video/sound installation held in Berlin, Germany, January 24-31, 2015. The show was organized by Ryan Siegan Smith and Ayaka Okutsu. This excerpt from the closing ceremony included real-time interaction of members of the Avatar Orchestra in Second Life with musicians in the gallery in Berlin.


2010

Rotating Brains / Beating Heart
A machinima by Steve Millar

A virtual reality performance collaboration featuring
Pauline Oliveros, Stelarc and the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse



Fifteen performers, two timekeepers, one conductor
Separated by geography, connected in virtual space
Avatars, objects, sounds, images and lights
Synchronized in real time

Recorded live at the RMIT Melbourne simulator in Second Life
during a networked performance for
New Adventures in Sound Art Sound Play Festival
November, 2012, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
For full credits, including performers, design, composition, set, go to


2009

Sampanophone and Singing Masks

A short dreamscape by the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse 
with Sampanophones and Singing Masks by North Zipper (Norman Lowrey).

2008

Orchestral Investigation #9
A machinima by Creative Machinery


"Avatar Orchestra Metaverse drinks coffee and plays Fragula at a rooftop cafe located at the Kyoot Army HQ simulator in Second Life. The orchestra, music and site merge into a surreal video."


Directors - Gumnosophistai Nurmi (Leif Inge) and Evo Szuyuan (Brigit Lichtenegger)
Curator and coordinator - Gumnosophistai Nurmi (Leif Inge)
Videography and editing - Evo Szuyuan (Brigit Lichtenegger)
Sound editing - Bingo Onomatopoeia (Andreas Müller)
Fragula composer - Miulew Takahe (Björn Eriksson)
Fragula instruments - Bingo Onomatopoeia (Andreas Müller)
Location - Kyoot Army HQ hosted by Saeyda Nyanda
Performers:
Bingo Onomatopoeia (Andreas Müller)
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom (Biagio Francia)
Goodwind Seiling (Sachiko Hayashi)
Gumnosophistai Nurmi (Leif Inge)
Humming Pera (Tina M. Pearson)
Maxxo Klaar (Max D. Well)
Paco Mariani (Chris Wittkowsky)

2007

Fadheit
Minimalist video document by Angrybeth Shortbread of a live avatar performance of Maximilliam Nakamura's composition 'Fadheit'. Performed by the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse in Second Life, 27th March 2007.

Fadheit



A  U  D  I  O

2010

Rotating Brains / Beating Heart improvisation (excerpt)

2007-2008

Recordings of 2007-2008 Avatar Orchestra performances and rehearsals, including


Wee No Kresh,
Fragula, with Second Life camera sounds!
Ursonate
Live Mixed Reality performance with Biagio Fancia: Waste From Real Life, PwRHm, Fragula and others
Reisenrad
PwRHm (premiere)


and other works on Transponderfish, Bingo Onomatopoeia's podcast page.