Saturday, August 30, 2014

Make Sure to Catch a Performance of Paradise Lost, One of the Best Second Life Events Ever Staged

Benja and I caught a performance of Paradise Lost, a three-part multimedia event based on the epic poem of the same name by John Milton, that is currently being held at The Basilique, on Sunday.  It was  incredibly good and something that I will always remember.

There are only a few performing arts events that I have attended in my lifetime in the real world that made such a memorable impact. My advice to you is to purchase a ticket for one of the 7 remaining events over at Second Life Marketplace since performances will sell out. You can catch more information about how to purchase a ticket further down in this review.

Paradise Lost is the biblical story of man's fall from grace and banishment from the Garden of Eden, and subsequent history, as told from an English 17th century Protestant perspective. It is considered one of the seminal works of the English language. The performance in Second Life however is mature in nature, very entertaining, and would probably shock your average Sunday School teacher with its interpretation.

You can read a synopsis of the Second Life performance here:

The performance, which is in three parts with intermissions and about an hour and 10 minutes long,  is set to the magnificent music of Mozart's Requiem,  This piece of music is highly dramatic and  is one of my favorites, Mozart's Requiem has a rapid tempo and has a surprisingly modern sound to it.

I put one of my favorite versions of the requiem up on my Google drive for you to download if you want to hear it before the event. Two versions, conducted by the great conductor Bruno Walter in 1956 and Sir George Solti in 1991 have an intensity that many modern versions simply miss can be downloaded here:

How to Purchase Tickets:

Tickets are $1,000 Linden each and are well worth it.

Here are the remaining dates for performances in 2014.  The performance time is 1:30 PM SLT.

September 7, 21
October 5, 11, 19, 25

You can purchase tickets here on Second Life Marketplace:

 Instructions on how to attend the event:

The audience is part of the performance.  I am not going to ruin the surprise and say any more about this, but prepare to be amazed.

Once your ticket arrives, unpack it, and wear the four-piece angel avatar only to the performance. Make sure to follow the instructions given to you on the notecard, and remember to arrive on time.

Instructions for attending the event can also be found here:

Landing Point (the performance venue is a short walk):


Make sure to enable RLV in the Firestorm viewer for best lighting effects before you attend the performance. You can do this by going to preferences, finding the Firestorm tab, and making sure the top box, allow Remote Scripted Viewer Controls (RLVa) is checked.

You can download the most recent version of the Firestorm viewer, which was released on August 17, here:

You will need to relog in order for this to take effect, so plan to do this before you arrive.

Remember to uncheck this box once the event is over if you do not usually have it checked.


Official Program:

Canary Beck (Becky) web site, excellent for information and insights. She also has a listing of all the bloggers and publications which have covered the event:

The performance venue, The Basilique is a gorgeous destination. You can catch my full review here:

The Drax Files has a great video of the performance, and interviews with artist Canary Beck.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Sixth Rez Day Benja!

My partner Benja Aquila has been in Second Life 6 years today and I want to wish him a great Rez Day! Benja is the love of my life, and I am very fortunate to have met him here in Second Life. 

I love Benja Aquila and it is his 6th Rez Day Today!

Happy Rez Day Benja!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

RyceVisits The Sea of Cubic Dreams over at The Linden Endowment for the Arts

The Sea of Cubic Dreams, by Alegria Studio and recently open as one of over full sim 20 art installations awarded this past July over at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, is a gorgeous and hyperkinetic art installation.

The viewer becomes part of the installation by sitting on one of the black or aqua colored cubes and moving and spinning the cubes by controlling their movement.  Spinning cubes at fast speed can yield a nauseous sensation if viewed through mouselook.

I really had fun here, and highly recommend you visit -- I am not sure how long this installation will be up since Alegria Studio has a larger project, Theater Night’s Dream, planned for this space at an upcoming date. All photography utilizes the dark blue  Windlight Sky Setting already programmed on the parcel.

To visit:

Instructions on how to use the moving exhibit from Alegria Studio:

Like bubble universes, each cube contains a person's dreams. Choose yours and start dreaming...

Cubes instructions:
1. Approach to a cube
2. Sit on it
3. Touch it and move it
5. Enjoy floating!

Additional Artist Information:

Alegria Studio Website

Alegria Store:

Facebook Page:

To see my review of another current LEA installation, "Sprit Within", from earlier this week:

To find out more about Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA):

To see more photography from this destination, head over to the following blogs:reviews:

Caitlin Tobias:

Living in a Modern World

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ryce Visits Black Kite

Black Kite is a great destination for second life photographers. Poses for singles or couples abound across the turquoise/aqua colored seascape. You can sit in interesting green bottles, or high above a water tower and just gaze at passing clouds -- or look at moving butterflies in the retail spot where some very pretty items are sold. I highly recommend a visit.

I used the aqua colored Windlight sky setting and glassy water setting the sim was already programmed to when I arrived. I like to use programmed Windlight settings at first to keep the original artist and designer conception of the environment -- and experiment with  Windlight during subsequent visits.

To visit: