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The 5 Best Sites for Discovering Cool New Music

Ah, the internet! Great galumphing bastion of memes and more. While we here at ModSquad utilize the internet every day to get things done for our awesome clients, I also spend a lot of my free time in search of my first love–new music. Sure, you can have all the tips and tricks and tools in the world to maximize your productivity, but to me there’s nothing like a playlist full of music to get one’s day going strong!

I’ve gathered together five great sites to find new–and often free–music from up and coming independent artists.  Be sure to clear some drive space for album downloads, and let’s get rolling.

1.) Bandcamp
This is pretty much the home of new independent music in the US. Everyone from small, solo artists on the coffee shop open mic circuit to better-known musicians like Amanda Palmer, Sufjan Stevens, and Grimes, have a Bandcamp site. You can easily find great albums in all manner of genres for free–or the price of a latte–as many artists accept donations under “pay what you want” pricing.

For those who are always looking for new music for work or personal creative projects, there are even tag feeds to help you find music based on licenses like Creative Commons, podsafe, and royalty-free. On top of that, if you purchase/donate on an album, you then get unlimited streaming of that song or album on your mobile device using the Bandcamp app for iOS or Android. Definitely very handy for those living a digital nomad lifestyle!

2.) Jamendo
What Bandcamp is to the US, Jamendo is vying to be for the rest of the world. You can easily find music here from independent artists in Kansas all the way to Kuwait, and more. Add to that, the site has fairly robust language support, with an active community, and interesting music styles that you may not have previously encountered like afrobeat or folktronica.

The site’s overall strength is in the sheer amount of music it holds, but it is a bit trickier to navigate than Bandcamp. With that said, if you love instrumentals, electronica, chill-out, or other genres in that general neighborhood, (all great for focus playlists) Jamendo is definitely a place to stop by and get some tasty sounds for your ears. They also have an app for on-the-go use, should you wish to do your digging for chill-out music while in line at the DMV. (Really, who doesn’t need chill-out music there?)

3.) CCmixter 
CCMixter is a bird of a slightly different color from the two prior sites. While it contains lots of the same genres as both Bandcamp and Jamendo, it does require a bit more direct input to discover music you’ll really love. For example, if you select tags like “remix” and “vocals” you can find some great original vocal music being published by the talented CCmixter community spanning genres like electro-jazz, funk, pop, and more. As with the prior sites, you can also drill down on licenses to find things for corporate use, but be aware that as with Jamendo, fees likely apply here, whereas personal listening and downloads are generally free.

4.) OCRemix
If you’ve ever listened to one of eleventy-bazillion Zelda mixes, own at least one 8-bit chiptune album, or have ever played a video game and found yourself focused on the soundtrack, then this is the site for you! OCRemix is a community of artists who have covered (or reimagined) all kinds of music from the Super Mario themes, to creating massive Final Fantasy albums full of collaborations from artists all around the world. (My personal favorite is the free Final Fantasy VII album, Voices of the Lifestream.) While most of the music is free for personal and limited use–because really, who doesn’t like video games–this isn’t the place you want to snag music for your company’s next promotional YouTube video.

5.) Live Music and Netlabels at the Internet Archive 
Okay, so maybe digging through tons of new music on the hunt for great new bands isn’t your thing. Perhaps you’d prefer to road trip with classics like the Grateful Dead or Bob Dylan rocking out in concert? For live music fans who love bootlegs, the Internet Archive has you covered. You can head over to their Live Music Archive and snag recent uploads from everyone from fans to soundboard operators. The quality can be a little shaky at times, but there are some real gems to be found for those willing to do a bit of digging.

Along with that, the Internet Archive is keeping an eye on the future with a rapidly-growing section of netlabels, featuring everything from avant garde, to post-rock, to wave music. This is also a treasure trove of free music with varied licenses that work for podcasts, creative commons works, and more. (As always, read up before using for commercial projects!)

Hopefully these sites should give you a starting point on finding music you’ll love. If you have a favorite site to find music on that isn’t listed here, or a great indie band you just love to tell people about, drop us a link in the comments! Music is best when shared, after all.

Krystalle Voecks
Project Manager

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Finding The Soundtrack To Your Life

Please pardon me while I turn on my favorite Pandora channel so that my mind can be opened and the creative spark be allowed  to flow through my fingers as I address a topic that is always on my mind – where can I find new (or new-to-me) music?

“Intro” by The xx – I’ve never heard of them before, but I’m diggin’ the drum intro. Thanks, Pandora!

unnamed-1Now, perhaps a little intro to my life. I am a former classically trained cellist. I grew up in a family full of musicians of almost every sort, going back as far as memory and family mementos allow. My childhood wasn’t filled with soccer practice or video games, it was filled with music lessons, practice sessions, and rehearsals. To my 8-year-old self, there were seemingly endless hours spent in music stores, concert halls, summers spent at music camp, and more practice. Always practice. I settled on the cello early on and stuck with it.

After 12 years, my hard work, combined with a dash of talent, enabled me to be awarded a Cello Performance scholarship to the University of Alabama (yes, there’s more than football and tide-rolling taught there). Mission accomplished!

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Music is more than just something I like or enjoy, it’s something in my blood. I seek it out. I need it. And although I no longer play, I get to re-live all of those great experiences as an audience member when watching my husband perform with his band, Over the Effect.

There is nothing in the world quite like the feeling of connection that music allows. We all feel it move through us. Who can resist the urge to smile and dance when they hear “Happy” come on the radio? Who doesn’t want to throw in a little “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis, when it’s grey and drizzling outside? Are you seriously NOT going to fight for your right to party when “Fight For Your Right” by the Beastie Boys comes on? Heck no.

It is my opinion that music has become SO valued that we almost require it as the soundtrack to our daily lives. The discovery method may different, not the importance. Music finds us now, whereas in previous decades, we had to find the music.

The big three – Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes

We no longer have to rely solely on the radio, or on our local music scene, to find out what’s new.  We now have Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and a host of other avenues for music discovery. These services offer bands I’ve never heard of, or a song I previously didn’t know existed by a favored artist. I love that Pandora offers a brief description of each band as well. I frequently find myself falling down the rabbit hole of musical influences and side projects, all while gaining new insight into the artists, and also finding new stuff to listen to!

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If you REALLY want to dig into the creative mind of musicians around the globe, then you should try Internet Radio, like Rocker’s Dive, and Radio Paradise. That’s where you can find the stuff that’s really happening in local scenes around the world. If you love digging deep into the underground, well get ready, you’ll find it in the thousands of internet radio stations out there.

Soundcloud and Bandcamp

If you like a little social media mixed in with your search of the newest of the new, then Soundcloud may be the place for you. This is a website that is used by musicians to stream their music, usually moments after it’s mastered, or just recorded in their bedroom. DJs post their sets there from all over the world. As a listener, you can comment, share, favorite, the tracks you like. And with a recently announced Twitter integration, the social media aspect just got even better.

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Another way to find new music is through sites like Bandcamp. This is where indie artists can put up profile pages that include information about them, sell their music, t-shirts and other merchandise, as well as interact with their fans. This is a great way to support indie bands, as the money goes directly to them!

Experience it!

All of these methods of finding music are great and wonderful. However, the absolute BEST way to find new music is to experience it. Get out there, go see a show! Take a chance and spend $5 to see a local band, playing their hearts out for one reason – for you. These folks live for your applause, so why not give it to them?  It’s free, and it’s what keeps their creative spark flowing like the perfect amount of distortion on the guitar (or my favorite, bass distortion).

I hope you enjoyed my most reliable, and fruitful, methods of finding new music as I haveenjoyed my many journeys down this particular rabbit hole.

Melissa Kamphuis
People Operations

P.S. This post was brought to you by the (shared) “Distortion and Feedback” Pandora station, created by none other than, Melissa Kamphuis (A.K.A. MKULTRA). 

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4 Key Takeaways from PlayStation Experience

Metaverse Tumblr Playstation ExperienceThe phrase ‘Vegas, baby!’ has a whole new meaning for us, after an incredible weekend at PlayStation Experience.

A small contingent of Metaverse mods accompanied me to the Sony PlayStation event, where we managed to capture and share a healthy dose of photos and videos on our Tumblr account.  There were booths and playable games for as far as the eye could see, character cosplay, the bright lights of Vegas, life-sized replica content, and long, long lines of people anxiously awaiting entry to speakers, announcements, and concerts.  If you want a full view of the experience, I highly recommend you scroll through our Tumblr posts from the weekend.

Here are a few of my take-aways from the weekend:

1. When Music Meets Gaming

My favorite part of the weekend was the A Night Under No Man’s Sky concert. Hello Games, the developer of No Man’s Sky, invited the band 65 Days of Static to perform live, while synced game footage played in the background. The band has been composing the music for the game (which will be out next year). It was an amazing crossover of games and music.

2. Drawn To Death

drawntodeath1A great surprise this weekend wasn’t just the announcement of David Jaffe‘s new game, Drawn to Death, but the manner in which the development team handled their live demo.  The game was announced at the keynote, and subsequently it was available and playable on the show floor. The best part (and typically unheard of) was the fact the development team was completely available to chat after you played. We spent a good 10 minutes discussing the good and bad parts of the pre-alpha demo.  They were open to all feedback, which was very refreshing to see.

Here’s a trailer for the game (not for the squeamish):

3. More Virtual Realty

project-morpheusI’m happy to say that VR isn’t just hype. It’s real, and really amazing! We showed up early on Sunday to make sure we got to try out Project Morpheus, a PlayStation VR headset. It was incredibly immersive, and it is a peek into the future of games.

It may not be available for a while, but it’s going to shake up the industry when it does come out.

4. No Man’s Sky

Again, a big take-away from this weekend is that No Man’s Sky is the game to keep your eye on.  It will usher in a wave of procedurally generated games without a doubt.  Why is it so revolutionary? When playing, you won’t ever see the same thing twice.  This new approach to with technology, story, and gameplay ensures a true sense of discovery and a unique experience.

We cannot thank our friends at PlayStation enough for the tickets to the event. It was incredible!  If PlayStation Experience was any indication of the industry’s creativity and progression, 2015 is going to be an epic year in gaming.

Matt Hostler
Account Manager

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The soundtrack to your adventures…

Jaws_27On the beach of a resort town, children scream and splash around with glee. Their legs and arms thrash in the water under Roy Scheider’s watchful eyes. Are you able to recall this scene without John Williams’ blood-chilling score that is so recognizable even today, 39-years after Jaws‘ first release?

Music “gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind and flight to the imagination.” Music brightens our days, darkens our nights, and it adds color to our landscapes and depth to our fantasies. As a former music industry professional, I have witnessed first-hand the talent that musicians possess, and the blood, sweat and tears that these “audio artists” put into their art. Music has conquered all borders and transcended culture, language, and politics.

Music plays a pivotal role in any film, and it would be inconceivable for a director to ignore the score.  In the same way, music is a vital part of any video game, regardless of its audience. Whether you are wielding a two-handed sword, an assault rifle, the steering wheel of a racing car, or the controls of a 100-foot tall Mech, that score is yours. That heroic classical hymn, that hip-hop beat, that dubstep bass line, or that creepy soundtrack shapes your experience as much as any high-end graphic card, storyline hook, or in-game mechanics.

Behind each score lies an artistic mastermind with the vision to encompass in their work the “soul” of the moment. As a fully-fledged artistic form, the video game industry now boasts its own musical visionaries. Jeremy Soule (Skyrim, Oblivion, Morrowind), Russel Brower (Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2) and Simon Viklund (Payday 2, Payday: The Heist) are our Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, and Howard Shore.

But to this list, we would like to add a series of newcomers, independent artists whose dream it would be to break into the video game industry’s often closeted musical inner sanctum. These talented individuals ask for nothing more than the opportunity to infuse the score of new landscapes and adventures with a breath of fresh air, and to open the windows upon ambitious innovation.

This is a feat that Berlin-based artist Ben Lukas Boysen, a.k.a. “Hecq”, demonstrated to perfection in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Gamescom 2011 trailer. Along with Brian Williams of Lustmord (Planescape: Torment, Evolve) and a handful of others, they certainly weren’t the first and let us hope they won’t be the last. Other talented and highly experienced sound architects who have sharpened their teeth upon other battlefields (visual arts, theatre, arthouse cinema, advertising, etc) are waiting to be discovered.

rainscience.co.uk

“Empusae” – Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe

Nicolas Van Meirhaeghe (Empusae), Gwen Tremorin (Flint Glass) and Ben Frost are but the tip of the tip of an iceberg poised to color the creations of a future generation of game developers and give you, fellow gamers, brand new hymns to which your sword will sing.

Would you wish to imagine a world without innovative music?

Stephanie Kontag
Mod

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Rediscovering Synergy, Jem’s Synergy!

jem-and-the-holograms1__140320171435I’m rediscovering Jem through my four-year-old, and it’s truly, truly, truly outrageous.

I like to weave in fun experiences with technology and my kiddos whenever I can.  Thanks to the beauty of Netflix streaming, one of those experiences has been re-watching episodes of 80’s rockstar cartoon icon, Jem. That’s right, Jem, where the music is contagious and the fashion is outrageously gorgeous.

Have you seen an old episode of Jem lately? No? You should.

Not too unlike a Thursday evening Scandal recap, Jem opens each episode with an overview on what you’ve missed in previous episodes. Our Mother-daughter Rockstar-Viewing takes place on Sundays, and we can both use the weekly recaps. We sit on the couch, me with coffee and she with a glass of water in a wine glass.

For each 22-minute segment, we are mesmerized by the internal-struggle Jerrica goes through as she has to shift identities into Jem.  Her long love, Rio, is essentially in love with two different people, yet he doesn’t know that they are the same woman. Meanwhile, the constant bickering and concert sabotage by the Misfits adds in a hilarious element of drama.

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Somehow, the insertion of music videos, outfit changes, and endless wisdom of Synergy add a light-hearted tone to the dramatic love triangle and band conflicts. The fashion of Jem is constantly changing. The attention to detail with every scarf, belt, and large earring is the epitome of the 80s elite fashion.  My daughter and I belt out tunes, try to match the outfits and walk around reciting dialogue to each other.

I – we – can’t get enough of it.

jem-and-the-holograms-first-movie-poster-and-cast-announced1Yet, here’s where I have a conflict: the Jem movie, which is currently in production. Not only was the original writer, Christy Marx, not looped into the film, but most of the writers and actual makers of the film are guys. I don’t know if I can see myself going to see the actual movie.  I can’t help but wonder if the film will take the magic away of the animated series — the magical moments I share with my kiddo on the couch.

But for now, we have our truly, truly, truly outrageous Sunday evenings together, mom and daughter, on the couch. And let’s be real. How fun is it to walk around a store with your kid and whisper ‘Showtime, Synergy’?

Blagica Bottigliero
Vice President of Digital Media

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Variety for the 21st Century: Time to hitREC●rd

unnamedOh, the variety shows of the Golden Age of Television! Who didn’t love them?

Entire families, often three generations at once, glued to their tv sets every Sunday night, waiting for Ed Sullivan to serve up the newest and coolest in comedy, music, and general stardom. If you’re an American and you ask your parents (or, at this point, your grandparents) where they first witnessed The Beatles play live, chances are they’ll say: “Why, on The Ed Sullivan Show, of course.

In the almost 45 years since the institution that was The Ed Sullivan Show went off the air (after a juggernaut run of 23 years), the variety show still exists on television, and (with very few exceptions) it hasn’t really evolved much since the 1970s. Most contemporary “variety” shows are arguably still rooted in mid-20th century entertainment creeds and traditions, and for this reason it seems they (more often than not) pay the price of failing to appeal to younger audiences. Some might argue that that’s not a bad thing, that the format’s waning success is not a result of a failure to evolve, but merely a sign of the times. Well, I beg to differ. And so does actor, musician, and filmmaker, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

unnamedIn 2005, Gordon-Levitt and his brother Dan launched a collaborative online community under the name hitRECord. It quickly became a gathering place for artists from around the world, contributing their unique takes on visual art, music, and spoken word to an ever-growing repertoire of awesomeness. Over a few short years, international interest and excitement for the project has grown to a point where the brothers decided to upgrade hitRECord from an internet sensation with limited exposure to an online production company, publishing massively collaborative artworks across the boundaries of media.

Since 2010, the company has released several books consisting of the harmonious contributions of myriad authors, records containing collaboratively produced music, and short films combining a variety of art forms that went on to be featured at SxSW and Sundance. And yet, according to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, everything really led up to one goal: to harness all of the collaborative, creative energy to create a televised variety show for the 21st century. Thus, hitRECord on TV was born.

The first season of the show, which aired on the new Pivot Network in January 2014, brought together a vast array of content from thousands of contributors all over the world, embracing different visions and perspectives. Each entertaining episode is focused around a unifying theme (“RE: The Number One”, for instance), as explored through music, film, visual, and performance art.  And, it doesn’t hurt that Gordon-Levitt, who acts both as the show’s host and as contributor in some bits, is a bona fide multi-talent who can perform as flawlessly in a not-so-classic Broadway number (with a still-suave Tony Danza), to playing the drums in a gritty, collaboratively-written punk-rock number. He may bring in the heavy star power, but the real star of the show is everyone.

Other interesting works showcased by the initiative include:

  • A young American author’s moving tale as told through the beautiful voice acting of a Scottish contributor and illustrated by dozens of visual artists,
  • Genre-defying musical numbers on topics like trash, space, and death,
  • A relatively ‘ordinary’ short documentary about the future colonization of space.

By embracing the creative potential available across the internet, hitRECord on TV successfully showcases the possibilities and talent available in this brave new digital world where everything and everyone is connected (in a good way).  And, just as importantly, it also proves that a boat load of fun can happen in the process – as any good variety show should celebrate.

Guido Schenkel
Senior EU Project Manager

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Music Monday – Fresh jams for Community Manager Appreciation Day

Anna Calvi's new track will be the highlight our CM Appreciation Day tunes

Happy Community Manager Appreciation Day! It’s important today to not only recognize the CMs running online communities, but the entire teams it requires to successfully pull it off. The customer service reps and moderation teams that are the foundation for what a community manager does deserve credit for keeping the high level processes chugging. Thank you to everyone at Metaverse for all of the hard work you put in keeping communities active and thriving!

So today, to give some love to all of our peeps, I’m streaming some great tunes to make your work day just a little more enjoyable. Look forward to tracks from:

  • Anna Calvi
  • Bear Hands
  • Andrew Belle
  • Cold War Kids
  • The Radio Dept
  • …and as always, much more!

To get down on this set just click this link. It will download a .pls file, which will open a stream in iTunes or music player of choice. Or, if you want, just plug this URL directly into the “Play from URL” option: http://91.121.119.152:16642

I’ll be streaming until 6pm Eastern.

Chase

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Music Monday – Indie Goodness – August 23rd


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She & Him

I’m back with another selection of brand new music for this week’s Metaverse Mod Squad Music Monday. Today we’re going all-out indie style with a fresh selection of only the coolest tracks to hit the counter culture in the last couple weeks. We’ll hear from:

  • She & Him
  • Eliza Doolittle
  • Paper Tiger
  • Wolf People
  • Faded Paper Figures

and more! Clicking this link will download a .pls file. Open the file to open the stream in iTunes or your music player of choice. If you know how to “play from URL” you can use this URL http://91.121.119.152:13564. We’ll be streaming until about 3:30 PT today. Enjoy!

-Chase

AKA Ol’ DIrty Panda

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Music Monday – July 26th

Typically Music Monday has been tweeted and only updated internally, but we’re taking this bad boy to the blog. Every Monday I’ll be making a new post with the times the Music Monday will run, along with what you can expect to hear. Coming off a New Pornographers concert this last Saturday, I’m in the mood for some indie love. Today on the playlist:

  • The New Pornographers
  • The Smiles
  • Modern Skirts
  • Neko Case
  • Francois Peglau
  • Jenny Wilson

…and a whole lot more indie goodness. Click the following link http://91.121.119.152:13564/listen.pls to get started. It will download a .pls file. Open the file to open the stream in your default media player. Or use the URL http://91.121.119.152:13564 to play directly.

Music Monday, July 26th, will run from 12:30-2:30pm PT. Hope you can join us!

Chase Straight

Manager, Youth Media

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Prince and the internet Revolution

Surely you’ve heard about it by now, the interview that has the entire internet LOLing, or at least scratching their heads. The Artist Now Known as Prince Again recently declared the death of the internet to the UK’s Daily Mirror by stating, “The internet’s completely over.”

Let me pause and give you a chance to catch your breath. Surely, surely this has to be some kind of marketing stunt. After all, the ‘dead’ internet lit up like a tree on Christmas the second his comments were published… on the internet. Prince even admits in the interview that “I really believe in new ways to distribute my music,” even if “new” means releasing it on a dwindling medium (CDs) through an aging distribution channel (newspapers).

It’s not his fault. Prince is known for being one of the most eccentric musicians of our time. He’s spent the better part of his life as a sex symbol, isolated from society by layers and layers of managers, producers and other members of his entourage. His convoluted worldview is apparent with asinine statements in the interview like “The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”

Okay… let’s take a look at the numbers.

  • On the same day the Prince interview was published online, Variety reported that physical album sales dropped 17.7% and digital album sales rose 13.7% during the first 6 months of 2010.
  • Despite recently increased prices for individual tracks, sales on iTunes continue to grow daily and recently hit 10 billion songs sold in February.
  • Through websites like Pandora and Last.fm, internet radio has grown steadily since 2004 with over 42 million listeners in 2009. The rise of mobile phone sales has lead SNL Kagan to predict a 20% increase in internet radio revenue in 2010.
  • Universal Media Group threw up a hail mary in 2009 when they slashed all CD prices to $6-$10 a piece in an attempt to slow the medium’s demise.
  • Newspapers have lost 16.9% circulation between 2007-2009 and lost 43% in advertising revenue during the same period.

If you’d like more numbers that demonstrate how monstrously moronic Prince’s comments sound, check out Fast Company’s article comparing him to Lady Gaga – arguably the queen of internet music.

In the midst of the social media revolution, Prince declaring the end of the internet is about as ludicrous as Decca Records stating in 1962 that “guitar music is on the way out,” after rejecting a recording contract with the Beatles. I’m not sure what evil internet numbers Prince was referring to (binary code?), but the only thing they can’t be good for are his future album sales and the legacy of his brilliant music to future generations. Hopefully he can pull his head out of the sand long enough to avoid drowning in purple rain.

Chase Straight

Manager, Youth Media

The Electric Panda Blog

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National Geographic announces “Virtual World of Music”

National Geographic has announced today that they have teamed up with NDi Media to develop and distribute “Virtual World of Music.” While they haven’t released details of how users will be interacting in the world, it will be a multiplayer social gaming experience to be released in early 2010.

Users will use NDi Media’s Mixing Studio to create tunes using themes and beats from around the world. The platform has already been tested by kids to ensure that every song made will come out sounding good. National Geographic already has a series of mini-games and exploration tools on their site and will hopefully be taking things to the next level with this launch.

What is particularly exciting about this announcement is the possibility of integrating music discovery with creation and then being able to take it to an online community for discussion. Good music isn’t only created in the US and Britain and hopefully this project will allow music exploration along a wide range of cultures.

We’ve seen other kid’s virtual worlds base their ideas around music but none capture the scope of ability and education that this world seems to be offering. It’s too early to tell how the world will pan out and what level of engagement it will offer but the announcement leaves plenty of room for excitement.

-Chase

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Rocking the Metaverse introduces live music to Twinity

For about the last month, Koinup has been sponsoring the Rocking the Metaverse tour, the 1st ever cross-world music tour. Fittingly, the tour ended today in Twinity, making it the first ever live music event to hit the somewhat new virtual world. Twinity has a realistic take on virtual worlds, modeling its spaces after real world locations with the first being a replica of Berlin. A virtual Singapore and London are also on the way.

Dizzy Banjo rocks out in Berlin

Dizzy Banjo rocks out in Berlin

Second Life music stars Dizzy Banjo, Grace Mcdunnough, Slim Warrior and DoubleDown Tandino have been traversing the metaverse, bringing live music to Second Life, OpenSim, Metaplace and now Twinity. It’s been a groundbreaking tour, bringing fans of the musicians in Second Life across several virtual world platforms and now introducing the live music event to Twinity.

Folks in the virtual world business that I’ve talked to in the past sometimes speak of a future where there are no individual virtual worlds, just one main interface that all users connect to and interact. While this virtual “new world” will likely never come into existence as it is envisioned, Rocking the Metaverse is a good demonstration of a way that seperate clients can link and share content.

And as for Twinity, there is no news yet but I suspect the tour stop today will lead in to more live music events for the platform. Live music has been such a big part of the virtual world landscape that it seems only natural it should be brought into a fledgling one, especially one that is realistically modeled after real world locations. Imagine seeing your favorite band playing a concert in Singapore and you don’t even have to leave your laptop. While this may be the final stop for Rocking the Metaverse, it certainly isn’t the final stop in expanding the live music experience in virtual worlds.

Chase Straight

Music Community Manager

The Electric Panda Blog

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