AVATAR ORCHESTRA METAVERSE mixed reality composition performances

Saturday May 10, 2008

As part of the 4th Annual Open Space Victoria Voice++ Festival
the AVATAR ORCHESTRA METAVERSE will perform two new mixed reality compositions: XAANADRuuL by Canadian composer Jeremy Owen Turner, and The Heart of Tones (mixed reality version) by American composer Pauline Oliveros.

The performance will take place on Second Life, on site at Open
Space in Victoria, BC, Canada, and will be audio streamed live on the web. For
updates and listening urls, go to http://avatarorchestra.blogspot.com/
or see web stream urls at the bottom of this post.

Audio Web Stream urls:

Shoutcast server 1
Listening url server 1

Shoutcast server 2
Listening url server 2

Shoutcast server 3 (reserve)
Listening url server 3



Virtual Reality Performance and Audio Web Stream

Jeremy Owen Turner (Vancouver, BC)
dedicated to the memory of Karlheinz Stockhausen

Pauline Oliveros (Kingston New York)
The Heart of Tones (mixed reality version)
dedicated to the memory of Toyoji Tomita

May 10 2 PM PDT, 5 PM EDT, 11 PM CEDT

XAANADRuuL by Jeremy Owen Turner (Wirxli Flimflam)
Stockhausen's Pleasuredome 4 Sirius Business" (2007/2008)

XANADRuuL is a Second Life composition in 3 sections created for the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse. One can see this composition as an official elegy/tribute to the Modernist music pioneer, Karlheinz Stockhausen. XANADRuuL was created from samples that were solely derived from the Composer's (Wirxli's) own digitally manipulated voice. This composition was inspired by Stockhausen's claim of being an alien from Sirius and so the 3 sections of this composition correspond to Sirius A, B and C stars. In addition, there are also many references to Xanadu (including the movie with Olivia Newton John). The Opening Ceremonies take place on Sirius A where angels sing along with the selected voice samples from heavenly heights on the ceiling of a pentagonal geodesic dome and also on Sirius B where meandering avatars vainly attempt to communicate with these alien angelic muses using only pre-recorded samples. Sirius C is a "meta-composition" and is performed by the public throughout Second Life.

Set Design and Construction by Dethomas Dibou (Detlef Thomas), Regensburg, Germany
Instruments and Halos by Bingo Onomatopoeia (Andreas Mueller), Regensburg,Germany

The Heart of Tones (mixed reality version) by Pauline Oliveros (Free Noyes)

This piece was originally composed for trombone and two oscillators, and commissioned by Abbie Conant and her Wired Goddess Project during her residency at Mills College in the Fall of 1999. This is an ensemble version of the piece adapted for the mixed realities of Second Life and Real Life, combining virtual instruments with live trombones and voices.
The Heart of Tones: A tone, in this instance D4, is minutely explored in the smallest possible increments on, above and below the prescribed pitch, through the smallest timbre variations and spatial locations by performers on virtual and RL instruments. The pitch variations are never more than a half step away from the given pitch. The resultant beats, timbral shifts and audio illusions create rhythms, transformations and textures of depth. The focus is on listening to the beat frequencies and the overtones that result. The musicians decide independently and intuitively on the variations.

Virtual Instruments and Cloaks / Receivers by Bingo Onomatopoeia (Andreas Mueller), Regensburg, Germany

Avatar Orchestra Metaverse is a group of composers, performers, and
media artists living in Europe, East Asian and North America who
explore together the interactive possibilities of the Second Life
online virtual reality platform to create works with open, interactive
and possibly "infinite" elements. The Orchestra works with ideas
that challenge conventional practices of creating and performing
music, and finds new ways to conceive of and erase notions of
identity, place, social, cultural and sexual identity, and the roles
of composer, performer and listener.

For this special performance, dedicated to the memory of two
exceptional human beings and musicians, the Orchestra is joined by
guest vocalists, trombonists and instrumentalists from Canada and the
United States, whose avatars will appear on Second Life with their
streamed instrumental sound joining the virtual AOM instruments.

Guest vocalists:
Aurel Miles (Stephanie Farrington), Ottawa, Canada
Chris Reiche (Bowlerhat Trenchcoat), Victoria, Canada

Guest Trombonists (Heart of Tones)
Sum Noyes (Monique Buzzarte),
Trombonejen Wigglesworth (Jen Baker)
Weave Noyes (Sarah Weaver)
And in spirit,
Toyoji MacDonnell (Toyoji Tomita)

with a special appearance by The Seattle Toyoji Band appearing as avatar StuArtnoise Sass (Heart of Tones):
Thomasa Eckert, voice
Janice Giteck, cello
Roger Nelson, piano
Paul Taub, flute
Renko Ishida Dempster, koto
Stuart Dempster, trombone

Avatar Orchestra Performers:

AOM virtual instruments:
Bingo Onomatopoeia (Andreas Mueller), Regensburg, Germany
Blaise delaFrance (Biagio Fracia), Italy
Free Noyse (Pauline Oliveros), Kingston, New York, USA
Goodwind Seiling (Sachiko Hayashi), Stockholm, Sweden
Gumnosophistai Nurmi (Leif Inge), Oslo, Norway
Ida Aabye (Nathalie Fougeras), Brussels, France
Miulew Takahe (Bjorn Eriksson), Solleftea, Sweden
Paco Mariani (Chris Wittkowsky), Regensburg, Germany
Wirxli Flimflam (Jeremy Owen Turner, Vancouver, Canada)

Voices and AOM virtual instruments:
Fernsing Llewelyn (Cathy Lewis), Victoria, Canada
Humming Pera (Tina Pearson), Victoria, Canada
Liz Solo (Liz Solo), St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zonzo Spyker (Viv Corringham), Minneapolis, USA, London, UK

Streaming by Loop Luo (Loopland), Regensburg, Germany)
Streaming host: Eifach Films, Basel, Switzerland

May 10 2 PM PDT, 5 PM EDT, 11 PM CEDT

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