The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse is a global collaboration of composers, artists and musicians that approaches the virtual reality platform Second Life as an instrument itself. The Orchestra conceives, designs and builds its own virtual instruments, making it possible for each individual performer in the Orchestra to trigger sounds independent from one another and to play together in real time. These instruments feature sound, visuals, and animations. A performance of a jumping, hovering, floating, dancing, and twirling Avatar Orchestra Metaverse is a truly spectacular event.

Avatar Orchestra performs regularly in Second Life and in mixed reality events at new media, music and visual arts centres in North America, Europe and Asia.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Deep Listening in Cyberspace

On July 12, 2013, the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse presented a workshop and performance at the First International Deep Listening Art / Science Conference at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC) in Troy, New York.

It was an honour to be part of this astonishing gathering of listeners, thinkers, educators, researchers and artists. This was a particularly exciting event for the six AOM members who were at the conference, many meeting in person for the first time. Bjorn Eriksson traveled to Troy from Sweden; Tina Pearson from Victoria, Canada; Brenda Hutchinson and Viv Corringham from New York, Norman Lowrey from New Jersey and Pauline Oliveros came from her nearby home in Kingston, New York.


Wish You Were Here by Brenda Hutchinson

Breathing with PwRHmby Tina Pearson

In Whirled Trance Formations by Norman Lowrey
with live performance of Singing Masks by Norman Lowrey

Interactions - Questions with Audience

Set design and construction by Frieda Kuterna and Norman Lowrey
Instruments built by Andreas Mueller and Norman Lowrey
Animations by Tim Risher and Norman Lowrey
Second Life site: Odyssey Art and Performance Simulator
Thanks to Liz Solo

AOM - Wish You Were Here. Set by Frieda Kuterna


BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom, aka Biagio Francia (Agropoli, Italy) 
Cajska Carlsson, aka Simon Jones (Liverpool, United Kingdom)
Frieda Korda, aka Frieda Kuterna (Regensburg, Germany)
Groucho Parx, aka Brenda Hutchinson (Brooklyn & San Francisco, USA) - onsite
Humming Pera, aka Tina M. Pearson (Victoria, BC, Canada) - onsite
Maxxo Klaar, aka Max D. Well (Regensburg, Germany) 
Miulew Takahe, aka Björn Eriksson (Sollefteå, Sweden) - onsite
North Zipper, aka Norman Lowrey (New Jersey, USA) - onsite
Paco Mariani, aka Chris Wittkowsky (Regensburg, Germany)
Zonzo Spyker, aka Viv Corringham (Minneapolis, MN, USA / London, UK) - onsite

Brenda Hutchinson, Norman Lowrey, Viv Corringham, Bjorn Eriksson, Tina Pearson
at EMPAC with Second Life screen in background, preparing for performance.


  1. Beautiful documentation and performances! Brava!

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