Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Orchestra in OSLO (NOTAM)...

Here is a still from yet another performance of SLippery SLope - a piece I originally composed for London's PGUP Festival (curated by Spinster Voom) a few months ago. Since I lent my cello to our new AOM performer Humming Perra, I decided to undertake formal conducting duties this time. It seemed to work and look much better with me formally conducting the composition. I think I even managed to get the SLippery SLopes ascended in a record time of 15 academic minutes! ;-)

Hey there, NOTAMizers, Oslo-centric Orchestra fans, Virtual Vikings and Norwegian Woodgoblins!

Happy Halloween!

I certainly am envious of all you RL and SL Trick-o-Treaters out there as today has been more about "work" than about "play"... Well, work is play and play is work but...you know what I mean! I guess you could say that I was up to turning tricks more than merely tasting treats...sigh! ;-)

I was so busy today, I was not even able to make time for the official AvaStar Halloween dress-up party....sigh! You know a SLebrity is too busy when they cannot even attend their routine token appearances for the media.

Anyways, in addition to fetching documentation for Second LIVE 2007 and rehearsing for Second Front's next performance, I performed with the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse today for our 2nd show in Oslo (Norway). This time, we streamed live into the NOTAM centre in Oslo. Our in-world host was fellow orchestral colleague-in-crime, Gumnosophistai Nurmi (Leif Inge in RL)and we performed many classic compositions from AOM's official repetoire.

Speaking of the concept of "repetoire", this is why you have been seeing so many blog postings of me wearing the same backpack and interface many times over... Nope, it is not just a form of deja vu, you are also noticing probably by now that the Orchestra plays many of the same pieces from our developing "repetoire" of audio/visual standards.

Therefore, if you are not quite sick to death yet from seeing the exact same compositions (at different angles and audience members, admittedly), then feel free to binge more on these photo-documents below...the old is new again and then it is well... sorta "new" again", right? ;-()...

...here is a slightly closer view of me conducting the next wave of SLippery SLackers on the pink SLope.

As you can see from this pic, about 88% of the performers (not that I was counting or anything) had successfully completed all 3 SLopes as the eager and enthusiastic audience below cheered them all along the way.

It may look like Goodwind Seiling finished last but she was a winner just like every other performer. I should emphasize that is was not about "winning" or "losing" but how stylish and graceful you are able to SLip off the SLopes. Goodwind ended my composition on a wonderful low...er... high note ;-)

Next up, we bathed in the sonically ambient glow of Adam Ramona's (Adam Nash in RL) installation called A Rose Heard at Dusk. This was a fun piece because I had to entertain the masses outside the installation while 3 of us performed the installation first before inviting everyone else inside. It was like a New-Music peep show or something ;-) Soon enough, we turned the installation into a jumped up party-fest...Oh, I should explain that one "plays" Adam's composition simply by moving around the differently coloured zones... So, if you do not know how to play a classical instrument, you might as well... JUMP, JUMP! Go Ahead, JUMP!

I think this pic is from our dress-rehearsal the day before. Speaking of dress-rehearsals, it looks like Maxxo Klaar did the most preparation for the event because his camoflage pants was perfectly colour coordinated with Adam's rose tinted Garden of Eden....YES!

Here is another rehearsal snapshot showing in detail how expansive the fog was.

Here is the only pic I took of us playing the mutant hybrid performance that blended Miulew Takahe's Fragula with Second Front colleague Gazira Babeli's sculptural installation, Come Together. This piece was so energetic, I lost track of my photographic abilities (or lack thereof)... and speaking of lacking in photo documentation...

...I was unable to get around to taking pix of Bingo Onomatopoeia's composition WNK and Miulew Takahe's other composition, Rue Blanche...sigh!

Ok, time to prepare for Saturday's Second Front performance at PERFORMA in NYC...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!