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Fuze 6 - Doof Doof in a 3D World

Author: Aaron Roach
Friday, 15 June 2007
Stephane: [Shows 3D glasses ] You can see real life in 3-D
Stephanie: Isn't life already in 3D-
Stephane: Yeah but, come on.


While the film The Science of Sleep explores the blurred lines between reality and surreal realms, the future of the human state within the real world is becoming blurred with innovative ways to spend your time on the internet.

More recently, sites such as Second Life are allowing users to forget about the troubles faced every day and escape to a world that requires a fast connection and an abundance of time to create a new persona. It's kind of like being born again, but not in a Matrix way. Okay, so it kind of is like The Matrix, but you won't be jumping from one world to the other through mobile phones (though it won't be too long before there is a way to use Second Life on your mobile).

On the homepage of Second Life, users are treated to economic statistics that can't be described in any other way but mindblowing. The site boasts almost 8 million users, has made US$1.3 million in the past 24 hours and, at this very second, has 24,000 users doing their thing on the servers.

Grabbing the attention of media pundits and promotional specialists the globe over, Second Life has seen the likes of Duran Duran create a presence, with plenty more starting to jump on the virtual bandwagon to promote their wares to an audience that might not necessarily be interested in attending gigs or heading to the local store for a quick record purchase.

Which is where dance music has begun being involved with the highly popular network.

Second Life and the electronic music movement couldn't be suited better. Dance music began from a culture of people that needed a change from the saturation of mainstream music. Second Life began for people who want to escape from the harsh realities the world over. More importantly, if electronic music was about evolution and avant-garde eras, then to continue on this path, it's essential artists and DJs incorporate alternative technologies into their repertoire.

The biggest benefit of this- Well, there'd be quite a few, but none is more prevalent than the idea that you can catch one of your favourite DJs gigs from the other side of the world, albeit at your desktop. While there are ways to tune in live to sets, imagine having the opportunity to be 'standing' on the dancefloor, moving your mouse cursor up and down in time with the music.

We'll be giving this more thought soon and coming back with a bit of an investigative piece as to what this can offer consumers of dance culture.
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