music at Furillen

One of the most neglected aspects of sims that I visit in Second Life is the soundscape. Occasionally, I have visited a sim and been captivated by what I hear – music, or other sounds (birds, creaking doors, the wind – whatever fits).

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More often, alas, I visit a beautiful sim, switch on music, and hear traffic news, or an advert for something really shit that ‘you always knew you needed’ …

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There was a sim called October Country – does anyone else remember it? – that streamed audio books and plays. Visitors – me! – would sit for hours in a spooky graveyard listening to classic broadcasts, usually of science fiction. It made for a wonderful atmosphere.

I wondered about doing this sometimes at Furillen. If I did, it would surely have to be War of the Worlds to start everything off …

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Although there is a separate page on this site referring to music at Furillen, I wanted to mention it here partly to draw attention to the fact that the sim has its very own music stream.

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I won’t bore you with how it works, but there is around 60 hours of music on a random loop. I have 12gb of server space, so there is room for plenty more. But I reserve that for special occasions …

… there were some Christmas tunes for a very short time …

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… the new song released by Radiohead on Christmas day was uploaded and played once per hour (just wait until their new album is dropped – any time now!) …

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… when David Bowie died I uploaded 15 hours of his music and played it for two days, and I still use this playlist from time to time …

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… and this weekend, I will be playing music chosen by Moon Edenbaum to accompany his series of portraits that will be on show.

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I don’t know many other sims that have their own music stream permanently running. Elysion – a favourite place on the grid for many of us – is one. There is always great music on there, and I enjoy talking to the owner – Syn Beresford – about music choices.

The music I uploaded to the stream is mainly what I’d play when working – or running, strangely enough. It’s mostly ambient, very atmospheric, usually without words.

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Biosphere, Eno, BVDUB, Hammock, John Foxx, Nils Frahm, Oophoi, Stars of the Lid, This Will Destroy You … all feature heavily, alongside a smattering of other stuff, including some classical (Avro Pärt, for example) …

I think it not only fits the sim’s special atmosphere, but enhances it.

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One feature of the stream you might find odd is my voice, intermittently telling you that you are listening to Furillen radio, etc. This is done in order to prevent – or discourage – a larger commercial sim from latching onto the stream. It would sound a bit strange …

I do this because there are 50 listening slots on my stream. More than enough for a homestead like Furillen, but easily swallowed up …

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The stream provides listening stats, which are interesting reading. On average, I would say that between 50-70% of those on the sim at any one time listen to the stream. Those who tune in listen – on average – for around half an hour.

One in ten listen for well over an hour, some for more than 4 hours …

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But here is my favourite statistic. Since the stream began, listeners have tuned in from a total of 102 countries.

Want a list? Alright then, if you insist. Here they are, in order of listening minutes …

United States US

United Kingdom GB

Germany DE

France FR

Italy IT

Netherlands NL

Romania RO

Brazil BR

Argentina AR

Mexico MX

Japan JP

Australia AU

Canada CA

Spain ES

Russian Federation RU

Belgium BE

Switzerland  CH

Portugal PT

Thailand TH

Estonia EE

Korea, Republic Of KR

Sweden SE

Slovenia SI

Ecuador EC

Chile CL

India IN

Croatia HR

Greece GR

Serbia RS

South Africa ZA

Singapore SG

Colombia CO

Venezuela VE

Norway NO

New Zealand NZ

Denmark DK

Hungary HU

Turkey TR

Peru PE

Ukraine UA

Latvia LV

Finland FI

Belarus BY

United Arab Emirates AE

Malaysia MY

Hong Kong HK

Indonesia ID

Poland PL

Philippines PH

Qatar QA

Lithuania LT

Israel IL

Moldova, Republic Of MD

Puerto Rico PR

Ireland IE

Bulgaria BG

Bahamas BS

Macao MO

Saudi Arabia SA

Armenia AM

Austria AT

Jamaica JM

Algeria DZ

Uruguay UY

Isle Of Man

Saint Lucia LC

Bosnia And Herzegovina BA

Mauritania MR

Kuwait KW

Kazakhstan KZ

Czech Republic CZ

Pakistan PK

China CN

Sri Lanka LK

Luxembourg LU

Albania AL

Dominican Republic DO

Cyprus CY

Honduras HN

Trinidad And Tobago TT

El Salvador SV

Lebanon LB

Bangladesh BD

Zimbabwe ZW

Georgia GE

Slovakia SK

Oman OM

Viet Nam VN

Bolivia BO

Iceland IS

Panama PA

Tunisia TN

Montenegro ME

Egypt EG

Reunion RE

Malta MT

Palestinian Territory, Occupied PS

Nigeria NG

Iraq IQ

Morocco MA

Costa Rica CR

If nothing else, this demonstrates just how cosmopolitan the grid can be.

But I hope it also encourages those of you who haven’t listened yet, to tune in …

Lida

… and enjoy how Furillen sounds, not just how it looks.

 

6 thoughts on “music at Furillen

  1. The music stream is one of the reasons I return so often. It fits my mood so often. I have often wanted to put a stream together for my home sim but I am clueless how to make that happen, but I always make sure I have ambient sounds (birds, water, wind, etc) Thank you for making Furillen available for us. 🙂

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