[012] second life

when i threw my first avatar into second life over a decade ago it was kind of a pop thing. one of the first memories i have is standing on a hill together with numerous others and watching the infamous penis cloud pass by. i was deeply fascinated by the creative potential SL had to offer. everybody could create everything. to the present day i never created something but spent lots of time exploring.

the public lost interest in SL pretty soon and it got even more interesting for me. huge parts still lie idle and abandoned, which makes it the perfect virtual refuge from time to time. it’s still alive and there’s life to be noted indeed – a playground for nerds and (now for the bright side of the medal) artists. metaverse art is the key word.

i still want to have a second home, i think – or better: nerd me thinks. a tiny, dystopian and walden-like shelter somewhere nice. still looking for the perfect spot, and probably keeping on doing that for the rest of my life.

adalbert, my fellow avatar for almost 10 years now, currently looks like a mixture of magritte’s son of man without the apple and a mildly minded german official from the 1920s. but his life wasn’t too boring at all as he

  • worked at red square in virtual moscow in a small pub,
  • attended some lectures on contemporary architecture at a virtual university,
  • got in touch with steam punk, brutalism and old time radio in their own theme parks,
  • went to tons of museums, exhibitions and parties,
  • visited many real life adaptions like mont st. michel, pripyat or villa rotonda,
  • played a small role in a machinima piece,
  • took part in virtual art hunts,
  • helped solving murders and mysteries at spooky places – but most of the time he
  • simply enjoyed walking, running or flying around unknown sceneries and taking photos…


[012] second life

[007] beloved 303

no idea what exactly touches me so freaking much, but the roland transistor bass 303 is still the thing for me on the field of synthesizers. simply a (a?… THE!) tweaking, unrivaled one of a kind majesty – its unique sound is still and will always be able to immediately generate warm goosebumps of joy when appearing unexpectedly.

i’m accustomed to this sound in three ways: as protagonist in acid house and techno tracks, as essential ingredient of goa trance (call me retro!) and pure from hours and hours of playing around with rebirth or different vst adaptions and shit or countless tutorial or demonstration videos on youtube. dont need more sometimes…

even though i adore experimenting aound with software, i’d love to own a hardware version of it one day. but actually, i am not that kind of hardware nerd, so i’d be happy and completely satisfied with the new (and affordable!) aira tb-3 touch bassline. a roland at least it must be.

a couple of years ago i had the opportunity to put my fingers on an original at frankfurt music fair; luckily i knew pattern programming sufficiently from rebirth. oh, and i’m proud owner of the official manual i once downloaded somewhere, lol.

[007] beloved 303

[003] sweet nothingness

bloggers know: nothing is too banal to be mentioned here. this is a rather personal thing anyway…

activities with no productivity purpose were considered a waste of time a bit too long – with known results in the end. (basic) lessons we learn, or: he that will not hear must feel. so let’s focus on exact those (all meditative) activites – vacation plans:

  • vipassana meditation (one of the few leftovers of my buddhist period a couple of years ago),
  • longer walks at night, listening to quality psydub releases (“quality” mostly means being freed from flute, piano, guitar or other new age elements, check player below for a representative example),
  • sitting there in the middle of the forest with a field recorder, recording the sweet nothing, walden’s spirit,
  • getting lost in virtuality like exploring netlabel cemetry, playing around with music production tools, taking a hundred training laps around virtual eldora speedway or simply going on a tour through second life universe with my buddy adalbert, exploring abandoned places, favourite and new spots and (again) listening to sounds and music…
[003] sweet nothingness