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Saturday, September 26 is the Earthdance Festival in Second Life -


"Give peace a dance!"

THE EARTHDANCE MISSION is to promote peace by joining participants worldwide in a synchronized PRAYER FOR PEACE and to SUPPORT HUMANITARIAN CAUSES through the global language of music and dance.

On September 26, 2009, nearly half a million world citizens in over 60 countries will join together for the world’s largest synchronized music and dance festival for peace. The defining moment of each Earthdance event is a synchronized link-up, (4pm SLT) when every event around the world plays a specially produced song called "The Prayer for Peace" at exactly the same time.

"I think global events are a really hopeful sign. When something happens on one side of the planet, it naturally effects the other side. Afterall, we all share the same blue planet." -His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in conversation with Earthdance founder Chris Deckker (Dharamsala)

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Sound Sculpture

I have been working on music and sound for "virtual" sculptures, all in Second Life. It's been quite exciting, mainly due to specific barriers to music production inside the world.

1) Samples are limited to 10 seconds.
2) Manipulation of the sound itself (pitch, length, etc) must be done outside Second Life; samples can only be played in-world.
3) As a rule, a sound can be triggered by a script in the sculpture, but they can't be "stacked", ie you can't play the sound, then play another sound over it to make harmony - the first sound will stop.
4) It's fine to loop sounds, but it starts to sound like a broken record.

More later.


Question. Do I think atonality will go away?

Answer. I doubt it. There is still a lot of things atonality can do. I do believe, that the movement into atonality and 12 tone was simply a path we followed that cannot be followed any more, however. Many people still see it as somehow more "intellectual" and therefore worthy of our attention. I don't follow movements simply because somebody proclaims its intelligence. Composing less dissonant music does not somehow make it less good. There is plenty of music that is less good from all over the world. Not every single atonal piece is a masterpiece, and not every single tonal piece is shallow nonsense.