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Circe’s Jazz Club

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 26th September for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, or watch here on the web as we revisit a show from 2012, when we visited Laurel Arts Isle, which – at that time – included the longest-running music venue in Second Life.

Saffia and Elrik toured the Ancient-Egypt themed Laurel Arts Isle, where Circe Broom created extensive multiple music stages and poetry areas in a beautiful Ancient Egyptian environment with the help of her colleagues.

On the show, we explore with Circe and Vince Merrick the different stage areas including the Luxor and Memphis stages, and the Cairo Theatre – and we also visit the well-known Sunset Jazz Club as well as seeing the area where popular poetry and story-telling sessions take place.

Classical music at Laurel Arts Isle

And we also discussed changes in Second Life that were causing areas like Laurel Arts Isle to close.

In addition to the problems we discussed, we were aware that Circe, who was such a very fervent supporter of music and poetry in Second Life, was gravely ill. She was suffering from COPD and was facing this with enormous courage. Later in the year she moved to a hospice. By then she was only occasionally coming in to Second Life but in June, as part of the Second Life 9th Birthday celebrations,KT Syakumi built an amazing region wide (and long) Egyptian stage. Knowing how much Circe loved Egyptian artefacts, I longed to show it to her and one day, I was fortunate enough to see her online. Together with Crap Mariner, a old friend of Circe’s, we explored the lost temples and sand dunes of the build. She died a few weeks after that.

KT Syakumi’s Egyptian Stage at SL9B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

I hope you’ll enjoy seeing this wonderful show again – either here on the web, or joining us at the Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life.

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From ColeMarie's particle performance
From ColeMarie’s particle performance

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 12th September for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, or watch here on the web as we revisit a show from 2015 where we looked at the career and particle magic of the well-known creator, muscian and machinima-maker, ColeMarie Soliel.

ColeMarie has had a fascinating career, both inworld and on the wider web, and she talks to us about this, as well as demonstrating some of her beautiful particle effects – and explaining why the development of particle scripting in Second Life made her enthusiastic to return and start creating again.

Image from ColeMarie's performance
Image from ColeMarie’s performance

Then she treats us to a full musical performance with stunning particle effects.

It’s a beautiful show so … do join us at 2pm SLT.

Image from ColeMarie's performance
Image from ColeMarie’s performance

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All the images in this blog of NatureCon are by Wildstar Beaumont.

Welcome to the new season of Designing Worlds, as we begin with a visit to the fascinating NatureCon, an event dedicated to nature and exploration in Second Life.

From 2pm SLT today, Monday 5th September, you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

NatureCon’s mission was to inspire connections between related Second Life communities and organizations through a shared love of exploration and expressions of nature in Second Life . The organisers united and inspired collaboration between Bellisseria and Mainland organizations under the shared goal of promoting exploration across the grid.

Elrik and Saffia talk to Build Team Lead: Soull Starlight and Project Team Lead: Yukiko Yeshto, as well Sominel Edelman, the creator and owner of Landscapes Unlimited. And Saffia enjoys the opportunity to meet Miss Jj (also known as JJ Jowahoshi) and to explore the beautiful underwater region that she created!

All in all, it makes for a fascinating and beautiful show – so do join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams, or watch on the web!

Sadly NatureCon has finished now … but you can learn more about it on the website: https://natureconsl.site/

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