It's not every day that a musician takes you behind the scenes on how he performed. However, that's exactly what the team behind Richard Hawley
's appearance in Second Life
did. Hawley was there as a cheeky response to a ban on smoking in the UK, dubbing it the "first" virtual gig for "puffers
." He even encouraged his fans in-world to light up. The American Cancer Society
would not be pleased ...
What I'm more interested in, though, is the technology behind the performance. As you can see from the video, he was fitted with motion capture sensors, so that his real-life movements would be mimicked in-world. Most performers in SL
use canned animations, which makes this quite refreshing!