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Live Music in Second Life: Part One

How to enhance your audio experience.

The following is a transcript of " Traveling Avatar's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life," a podcast from The audio program is available via RSS feed here and at's podcast home page.

Will Ross here; welcome to The Traveling Avatar's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Better Second Life. On this show we discuss tips and tricks for the game Second Life, created by Linden Labs.

This week's episode: Live Music in Second Life: Part One

Today's show is about listening to live music in Second Life, and it's the first of a two parter. This first half will give you a good starting off point for your first live music experience, and tips on how to be a good audience member. Next week's show will focus on things performers and venues can do to put on a great live show.

Now, any episode on live music would be remiss without letting you know where to find some live music to listen to. A great place to start is the Nowhereville Concert Series that takes place on the Nowhereville Sim, sponsored by Bucket and Audio Gumshoe.

Now in the interest of full and complete disclosure, Madison Carnot, one of the main organizers of this series, is a friend of mine, but that's not why I'm mentioning it. The reason this is one of the best series for people new to live music is that Nowhereville has all their previous concerts in podcast form, so you can check out a few previously recorded live shows and get an idea of what's out there.

You can get all the information on the Nowhereville Concert Series at

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You can also join the group "Live Music Enthusiasts" and you'll get updates on all the live shows going on around Second Life.

Sound Check

Sound settings. First and foremost, to listen to live bands in Second Life you'll need to turn on streaming audio. You can do this by going to the "Preferences" menu, selecting "Audio and Video," and checking "Play Streaming Music when Available."

If you want to have an even clearer listening experience, make sure to turn off typing sounds, ambient noise and voice gestures by going to "Preferences" menu, and then selecting "Audio and Video" and turning down "Sound Effects," "Wind Volume," and "Footsteps Volume."

Eye on Etiquette

Etiquette. Now on to some etiquette. If you don't want to be fondly remembered as "that guy who ruined it for everyone," try to keep your general chat comments few and far between during the performance. (Constructive) comments on the performance are good, as are song requests and general well wishing, but try to avoid screaming like a sociopath, drawing ascii symbol helicopters, or arguing with your crazy neko girlfriend.

Gestures with an audio component should almost never be used, though I'd make some exceptions for applause sound effects played after the song.

Will Ross, a Second Life explorer and professional slacker, writes and records the

Traveling Avatar articles and podcasts. Following a stint in college where he came dangerously close to earning a degree in history, Will Ross spent countless hours of his life in a number of online worlds including Worlds of Warcraft, Everquest, Ultima Online, and City of Heroes before making a permanent home on Eldoe Island in Second Life. To request a topic or share a tip, send an email to or call 206-888-MYSL.