Get It Together is the name of a collaborative recording project instigated by singer/songwriter Djai Skjellerup to increase awareness of live music in Second Life, a virtual world created by Linden Labs.
Djai wrote a song called "Get It Together" and in January 2008 invited other live performers in Second Life to send in vocal and instrumental tracks which were mixed by Toby Lancaster to produce a composite recording. Contributions were recorded remotely by thirteen different Second Life musicians. The finished track was then freely distributed throughout Second Life with the hope of encouraging the wider population to participate in the music scene. Not only did this project prove to be very successful but was also great fun.
Use this link to download the track for free!
Here are details of the musicians involved in this project:
Djai is a piano vocal singer songwriter from the UK. Djai wrote the song "Get It Together" and conceived the project for the recording and free distribution of the song. Djai's shows consist of his own songs which he performs live. His album "Ice Age Diaries" will be available later in 2008.
Toby Lancaster is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from the south of England. Although guitar is his main instrument, he also plays keyboards and uses computers to make music. He composes in a number of styles including solo acoustic guitar, rock, blues, jazz, and experimental. He has recently worked on some tracks with Grace McDunnough and Djai Skjellerup, and produced and engineered the Get It Together track.
Jean has her degree in music and is a professional vocalist and keyboard player, arranger, and composer. She likes to perform in all genres, from classical, rock, contemporary, and Jazz, putting her own personal style into everything she does.
Rich is known as Rich Palmer in real life. He plays bass for the band "The Fries" (www.thefriesband.com). Rich is working on new material for a pop/rock CD entitled "Future Retrospect." He's also a singer/songwriter that has recently released a CD for children called "Sing a Song for Safety."
Lyn Carlberg is from Wales, land of song, dragons and awesome rugby. He plays a Martin electro-acoustic guitar, and has been performing live in SL since Sept 2007. Lyn likes to play a folky style like Paul Simon, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Cat Stevens and sings bluesey-mushy-weepy romantic covers of Clapton, Dylan, Dire Straits, and Sting. Also some traditional Celtic love songs and a few of his originals.
Mimi Carpenter is French currently living in Germany. She was mostly brought up on country, Anglo-Saxon and world music, which her parents enjoyed listening to. " I wish to transmit what I feel through my music... It is for me a way to express myself as I am not so good in handling words, when I have to speak about myself and about what I feel..."
Freestar Tammas has been writing and performing her original songs about life and love for as long as she can remember. Her soulful delivery comes from the heart and her greatest hope is that it will reach others and somehow make the world a little better.
Kim Seifert is a singer/songwriter who grew up in the Midwest, USA, in a very musical family. Her musical style is well suited for high energy country rock with just a touch of attitude. She is currently working on the preproduction phase of her first cd which will include all originals.
Zak Claxton is a singer/songwriter who has spent more than two decades as a live/session musician and audio technology expert. He plays often in SL. He likes expensive acoustic guitars, delicious cheeses, and his ladyfriend Kat Claxton.
Norris Shepherd is a New Brunwick (Canada) farm boy armed with an acoustic guitar, his voice, and the occasional bottle of homemade wine. He draws from an ecclectic collection of songs including folk, pop/rock, Canadian indie and alternative, and sticks in a few original songs in on occasion.
BabbleGrabble Swindlehurst is a guitarist and vocalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He covers Radiohead, Beck, R.E.M., Wilco, Big Star, Spoon, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, plus many other artists; and he's got his own music as well. His style ranges from "folksy ballads" to "naked rock" and is heavily influenced by various "Power Pop" bands from the 70's through today.
Ed Lamoureux plays guitar and sings in SL as "the Professor." In RL he teaches Multimedia and Communication at Bradley U. in Peoria, IL; in SL he teaches Field Research/Ethnography as Professor Beliveau. He's active withe NMC both in RL and SL. Ed/the Professor/Professor Beliveau is married (28 years) with 4 teenagers (YIKES), enjoys golf, Angels/Lakers/Rams/Kings, watercoloring, and of course writing music and singing. He's had a rough time with health issues the last couple years: Music in SL has been a saving grace.
BU homepage: <http://slane.bradley.edu/com/faculty/lamoureux/website2/index.html>
the Professor's page: <http://slane.bradley.edu/com/faculty/lamoureux/website2/profsl.html>
Jambalaya Fonck is a guitarist with a style encompassing blues, rock, jazz, funk and pop. Bathed in the sounds of funky jazz and blues, the call of the Watermelon Man, and the throb of zydeco amidst echos of centuries past, Jamba's muse led him through piano, recorder, clarinet and saxophone, but it was the guitar that ultimately provided him with the broad revelation of musical spirit. Equally capable on electric or acoustic he is one half of the duo Willowhouse (the other half being his better half, Willowhouse Richez). They have been playing in SL for some time now.
... and finally thanks ...
... to the following people without whose help, encouragement and support this project would not have been possible; Bree Birke, Ticious Trottier, Sally Silvera, Reginald Beck and Allanah Tomsen and Horizon Darkstone.
To learn more about the vibrant and growing LIVE MUSIC community in Second Life, visit the Second Life Music Community (SLMC) forum at http://slmc.myfastforum.org/index.php