Burning Life, Taunter Goodnight, and the Rise of Virtual Musicians

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Taunter Goodnight rocks the house at Burning Life on October 19th

Seven years ago, Linden Lab got the clever idea to host a digital tribute to California's famous Burning Man festival. Second Life's 2009 Burning Life festival pays tribute to the same themes as its spiritual father: unbridled creativity, shared culture, and entertainment.

Just ask Taunter Goodnight, a Second Life musician whose hour-long Burning Life set inspired raucous audience participation and more than a few donations. She wasn't the only performer raking it in yesterday.

Pixels and Policy takes a look at why Burning Life and performers like Taunter mark the rise of virtual music.

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Zak Claxton and the Business of Music in the Metaverse

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Zak Claxton: Live in Second Life

Could major radio stations soon be playing the music of artists best known for their Second Life avatars?

If one well-known Metaverse rocker has his way, the tunes that have players lining up in the virtual world will soon find their way into a real-world album release.

Zak Claxton is a big deal in Second Life. His live music performances and audience-pleasing style have over the years grown into a true fan following. So when Claxton had to decide whether to release his first real-world album using his real name or the Claxton nomme de Metaverse, the choice was easy.

Pixels and Policy spoke with Claxton to find out why virtual music is bringing him real recognition.

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