A while back I wrote a blog post on my other blog that was inspired by a song by Second Life performer Strum Diesel called “It All Belongs” In a nutshell the song and that blog post are about how there is a place for everything musically.. I was tired of hearing people complain about whats live music and whats not.
But there is one aspect of “Live Music in Virtual Worlds” that still bothers me.
Recently a friend of mine hired a musician to do a gig at her venue. I was with her when we discovered this musician in a music related sim on Secondlife we found the musician’s website, listened to some original tracks and loved what we heard. Yes I know people post their best recorded work on their websites and they usually sound a little bit different when they play live; but you can usually get a fairly good idea from listening to the recording weather or not you might want to hear them live..
My friend hired the musician and he/she showed up for the gig which was
supposed to be live……. It turned out to be all recorded music vocals, instruments.. everything. Before I go on.. I have no problem with a backtrack as long as there is some live aspect to a performance..preferably the vocals need to be live?
This musician represented him/herself as performing live. It was not live. You could hear the musician mistakenly talk over their own recorded vocals.
I think to do this is a huge disservice to (musicians like Noma and Strum pictured here who do perform live and I highly recommend) that do strive for excellence in each performance.
Unfortunately people tend to grade things on first impressions and can you imagine coming in to SecondLife for example for the first time and hearing this “fake live performance”? What would you say to your friends about this ..”oh well they play recordings and stand their avatar up there to make it seem like they are doing a live gig but its just a recording.. quaint.”
Why do I /we like live music? Why do I/we like recorded music … ?
Live, you can feel the energy, the passions and the emotion of the song. Live you can feel the musician feeding off the energy of his/her audience. Live you sometimes get chords and riffs and vocal innuendos ..improvisation that you would never hear the same way again. To me, there is nothing better than a live performance.
I have memories of some incredible live performances I have been to in Secondlife that I will never forget. This is why I strive to only book musicains I know will play Live at The Pocket (mentioned here on The A-List Blog) and on Live n Kickin.
I love recorded music too. I think this short clip here by the recently passed Mississippi-based producer and musician Jim Dickinson describes the recorded advantage better than anything I have seen.
If your a musician in Secondlife or any other virtual setting were we cant see your real face.. Please please please.. If your going to say your live, be live. Or just tell everyone your going to play a recording. Its all good. There is no need to try and fool anyone. It doesn’t work. (And if you try and do it to me Ill virtually bop you over the head so hard your mp3 player will quit working..or I just may not tip you. 🙂