Even though the fact that many people don’t even know Second Life (still) exists is a big problem for Linden Lab and us who are enthusiastic about this online world, I still think that the bad reputation our virtual place has is also something that needs to be fixed.
And although that may not be possible, or at least not something we can completely get rid of till SL 2.0 comes around, I can’t help thinking about new ideas and schemes that might make it easier for people like me, who are out of the virtual closet, to share the brilliance of that place where I spend so much time with people who don’t know much or anything about Second Life.
That is why I get excited every time I find something that makes Second Life look good, that shows that there really is more to our virtual world than shopping, playing Barbie and Ken or hanky panky
It can be wonderful screenshots, a great documentary series or a stunning music video.
Recently Drax and I chatted about how much good things like these can do, they can completely change how people think about Second Life, if they ever had any thoughts about it to begin with!
So anyway, one of the things that I think can be wonderful advertising for Second Life is a well made music video.
You know, sometimes these go ‘viral’, as you kids call it these days, as disgusting as that may sound, that is a good thing.
That is why I am asking you, folks in SL who are artistic, who can make good super high quality videos, who can sing, make music, build amazing places, etc, etc, to get together and make stunning music videos.
If your video turns out amazing, everybody wins.
The performer gets publicity, the machinima maker gets publicity and SL gets publicity!
You may all even get little famous.
The internet is full of Second Life videos but most of these are about grieving, drama, getting married, having babies or other sorts of things that either make SL look bad or are just very difficult to understand for outsiders.
I’ve also seen a few music videos but they only show avatars dancing, often half naked, to awful music, there is nothing that appeals to me, that is visually stunning or original.
Or they are interesting but whoever made it used an old computer with bad graphics, visited sims that haven’t been updated since 2007 or weren’t very good at editing, etc.
So go on, artists, performers, machinima makers, get together.
Feel free to use the comments section here to find others to work with and start making music videos.
These are generally not too long, don’t need long complicated stories, can use stunning visuals without having to justify just throwing in a pretty picture and if the video is good it helps the music and if the music is good it helps the video.
Of course you can also use an already well know song as basis for your video, as long as you have permission to use the recording.
In my view a music video is a rather good way to reach a wider audience.
A great example of what I think is absolutely wonderful is this old video I’ve only just discovered.
It was uploaded months ago by Pepa Cometa but only the other day did she also upload a bit of it to Flickr where I stumbled upon it.
So you may have already seen it a million times, it may have been blogged about before, I don’t care, it is new to me.
It was filmed at “H220”, a moody location created by Squonk Levenque and Miuccia Klaar, unfortunately the sim no longer exists.
The song is unfortunately not by an SL artist but by the wonderful Mumford & sons.
I think it is stunning, something I’ll be glad to share with people who’ve never heard of Second Life or have a negative view of it.
I hope to be able to share more amazing Second Life music videos soon, got any, share them in the comments!
Enjoy this wonderful video and start making your own!;
And, thank you Pepa Cometa for the tip, here is another rather wonderful SL music video, this one made by Erythro Asimov, with Cica Ghost;
Another tip, by owldragonash, intoduced me to the wonderful videos by Nina Caplin (Fuchsia nightfire), like this one with music from an actual SL artist BlindBoy Gumbo!
Pepa Cometa said:
Hello Jo : what a nice comment about my video ! You really made my day and I feel so honored and flattered!!. Thanks a lot.
I agree you about there are very nice things in second life and that is what I pretend with my machinima : sharing all those beautiful places created by others users who are really great creative people for me.
Actually the first time I felt amazed with the beauty of sl was when by chance I watched on youtube the video “Ghostville” filmed by Erythro Asimov in the beautiful place created by Cica Ghost. He mixed images and song in a wonderful way and I fell in love with it.
He has more very nice videos that are a pleasure watching and listening to, I am sure you know all of them.
Thanks again Jo and thanks also for building that beautiful place that Berlin 1920 is.
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Nina Caplin (Fuchsia nightfire) Has quite a few really good sl videos.
This is one of my favorites the music is By BlindBoy Gumbo a very talented sl Musician
check out her you tube channel
She did some work with Whirli Placebo winner of the 2015 Av choice award for original music in sl. she also did some work with Winston Ackland who’s musical career has bribed sl and rl more than once.
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Sher Salmson said:
Hello! I was so pleased to see your article. I spent years representing some of the most incredible live artists in Second Life (SpiritFire Entertainment).
While I”m still a novice, my focus now is on creating music videos filmed in Second Life using original songs written & performed by artist who perform in Second Life.
QVV – QuizzzVirtualVideos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1BK5rMlB7lY0V8R5227Z5w
You’re All I Need
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Hana Hoo? said:
This is the type of thing I love to see coming out of SL! Well done!
I have loved Machinima since I discovered it while playing Sims 2. I think SL is a perfect medium for music videos and it’s always great to see other people acknowledging the creative possibilities here. Here is my own SL music video for a cover I did of “Here Comes the Rain Again”.
Jo Yardley said:
Link doesn’t seem to work.
Edward Pearse said:
It’s rather old now, but this has always been one of my favourite SL music videos.
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Blaze DeVivre said:
This is the teaser trailer from Idle Rogue’s production “Mayfair” the stories of the Mayfair Witches. Tray Portho’s brilliantly edited the 13 acts into what could easily be called a music video. For the record, all the cam angles are what the live audience sees thanks to a special tech developed by Arrehn Oberlander.
Mayfair Teaser – Idle Rogue: https://youtu.be/ISsuv6ctSU8
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Take a look at my Second Life: https://www.youtube.com/user/ClaireDiLuna
Celestial Elf said:
Great article Jo – similar to Pepa above Im thrilled to share all the lovely places in SLam constantly amazed by the wonderful environments and builds in SL and inspired by them to make all kinds of machinima films, such as this one about climate change;
However, I would also love to do some films with SL musicians and its a great idea.
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You wanna see Quality? Here you go… SL in 4 K: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y71vs_FTJE&list=UUK0I6HfahKdiC2pc5kTwNmg
Isabelle cheren said:
i already make videos using secondlife for music. This is one I did using RL and SL combined.
I absolutely love making videos with secondlife and discovering different ways to produce it. I often use my own music and also use commercial well known.
Isabelle cheren said:
something I did using only two of us in different country’s and duplicating our avatars. I created the set etc for the clip
Hi Jo, how about this one : Two AM
Grace McDunnough, Bryn Oh, and myself.
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Naughtystyle Deluxe said:
Last week I made my first machinima. It’s about animated dolls from D-Lab that interact: they work, talk together, dance, relax, eat and drink. I discovered them accidentally and totally love how they look like and react. I am surprised how easy it was to film them with no extra accessories and I did in a sandbox. Hope you like – it’s a feel good movie 🙂
Aura Fitzgerald said:
https://vimeo.com/122809749 The newest video from The Artiste
Miss D Ember said:
Reblogged this on Caledon: possessed of character and commented:
hey musicians should absolutely team up with machinema makers… these are neat!
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