Popular Science Concert

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Creative Commons and Popular Science present:

Creative Commons Concert in Second Life

Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 5PM (SL/Pacific) at Menorca, in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life.

Featuring Jonathan Coulton

With popular Second Life musicians

Sponsored by Popular Science

Share this concert! You have the right to record, copy, distribute and play video and audio of this concert which is licensed with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License (details here)

Audio streaming server provided by Mad Muse Radio The audio of this concert will be available on the web, at Menorca and alternate locations in Second Life, and for your own land. (Details below.)

Jonathan Coulton is the Contributing Troubadour and podcaster for Popular Science magazine and the musical director for John Hodgman’s Little Gray Book Lectures (currently on hiatus). His songs about vengeful nerds, ennui-afflicted clowns, self-loathing giant squids, and devotees of a certain Swedish prefab furniture store are insanely clever without ever being too clever for their own good. They repeatedly lure you into laughing before suddenly breaking your heart. And the sick part is, you keep coming back. Coulton's is the voice of every spooky elementary school kid who could never quite keep his shirt tucked in or shoes tied; every lovelorn mason and mad scientist; every one of us who has ever sat despairingly on the floor, surrounded by parts of an Ikea endtable, weeping over our allen wrenches.

For the past almost-year he has been recording and publishing a new song every week as a free podcast called Thing a Week. A few of these songs have become full-fledged internet smashes: his folky cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back," a visual ode to Creative Commons called "Flickr," and of course "Code Monkey," the anthem of software designers everywhere. He releases all his music under a Creative Commons license that allows for derivative works, so his fans have created numerous music videos and posted them on various video-sharing sites. The first 12 songs from the Thing a Week project are now available on the CD "Thing a Week One," and the remainder will soon follow - an entire year's worth of songs from a bold experiment in independent musicianship and internet superstardom. His web site is http://jonathancoulton.com

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the "all rights reserved" concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary "some rights reserved" approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, visit http://creativecommons.org

PopSci.com is the online home of Popular Science, delivering "the future every day." From cutting-edge innovations and predictions for what's coming next to hilarious blog posts, videos and podcasts, to eye-popping photos from the tech frontier, it's the Web's best source for geek-chic info-tainment. Check it out at http://www.popsci.com

This month, Creative Commons and PopSci.com are launching a partnership to spread the word about the CC mission through exciting, tech-oriented cultural events. PopSci.com editor Megan Miller says, "We're in the midst of an information revolution, and the editors of PopSci are excited about the possibilities for digitally sharing ideas through open-source software, wikis, and alternatively licensed creative works—that's why we're proud to support Creative Commons."

Menorca is an island within Second Life featuring unique open air settings and stages for live music events.  From classical to rock, folk to pop, Menorca has hosted many of Second Life's finest musicians and events like the City Stages Concert and SL Divas Live.  Open 24/7 to chill, explore and listen.

Mad Muse Radio offers affordable internet broadcasting plans for personal or commercial radio stations inside and outside of Second Life, as well as the tools to provide a professional service to your listeners.

Audio Simulcast in Second Life to:

  • Menorca (main venue)
  • Creative Commons HQ in Kula 4
  • The Big Horn Lodge in Selby
  • Akasha Village in Goryeo

Listen on the web at: (URL to be announced)

Add the stream to your own SL land: (URL to be announced)

Share your pictures, recordings and machinima of the event:

We will announce a date later for a show in Second Life (with prizes) for best CC licensed photos and machinima of the event.

Upload pictures to Flickr, tag them: slcreativecommons and optionally add them to the Second Life group. (If you'd like to be eligible for the contest, mark them with the Creative Commons by-attribution license.)

Recordings and machinima should be licensed with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.

For more information:

In Second Life

  • Zenigma Suntzu (Producer) - website zenigma at gmail.com
  • Slim Warrior (Menorca) - website admin at slimgirlfat.co.uk
  • Adri Saarinen (PR & Media Contact (in Second Life)) - adri.saarinen at gmail.com

For Creative Commons: Jennifer Yip (SL: Genevieve Junot) - jennifer at creativecommons.org

For Popular Science: Megan Miller (SL: Megala Marx) megan.miller at time4.com

Second Life(r) and Linden Lab(r) are trademarks or registered trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. All rights reserved. No infringement is intended.