Monthly Archives: July 2023

Hits In Hi-Fi

Today — Sat­ur­day 29th July — we’ll take a nos­tal­gic jour­ney back to the 1960s and beyond, when music was on vinyl and home stereo was new and excit­ing­ly futur­is­tic… with Hits In Hi-Fi.

In the ear­ly days of stereo, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of albums were released that were designed espe­cial­ly to show off the won­ders of this new way of pre­sent­ing musi­cal enter­tain­ment. Sounds “ping-ponged” across the stereo sound­stage; instru­ments appeared hard on one side and then hard on the oth­er… and there were a lot of space ref­er­ences, bloops and bleeps start­ing and end­ing the pieces — and once the Moog Syn­the­sis­er became avail­able, that was includ­ed in the mix too.

A selec­tion of these albums forms the core of our music today. Often the tracks con­sist of instru­men­tal arrange­ments of pop­u­lar songs, but there are also plen­ty of orig­i­nal tunes too.

Where Have You Been: QT Gallery

The lat­est episode of our orig­i­nal series, “Where Have You Been?” which sug­gests things to do and places to vis­it around the Sec­ond Life Grid, this time vis­its the QT Gallery on the Sev­ery region.

It’s the home gallery of long-time Sec­ond Life res­i­dent and artist quadrapop, whose vir­tu­al art­work includes every­thing from two dimen­sion­al wall pan­els, to more tra­di­tion­al 3‑D sculp­tures, to incred­i­ble three dimen­sion­al works full of col­or and motion.

Learn more by tun­ing in at 12 noon or 4pm SLT/Pacific on these Sat­ur­days and Wednes­days: July 22, 26 and 29, and August 2 and 5.

To lis­ten to Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio, tune to or “Play Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio” on your smart speaker.

S03E09 — The QT Gallery
Own­er — Gallery Owner/Artist, quadrapop

Sev­ery — General

Ground Lev­el Gallery

The Space Programme: Apollo 11

Today we present some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent… Space Music and a space documentary.

On this day, July 22, 1969, 54 years ago, the Apol­lo 11 space­craft’s Com­mand Mod­ule sep­a­rat­ed from the Lunar Excur­sion Mod­ule and began its return to Earth after the first human being had stepped out of the LEM and set foot upon the Moon ear­ly the pre­vi­ous day. Today, in pro­gram­ming we’ve broad­cast annu­al­ly from the start of the sta­tion (and beyond), we cel­e­brate the mis­sion’s achieve­ment in music, and in a spe­cial music- and actu­al­i­ty-based documentary.

We’ve Got Skill!

We’re pleased to announce that you can now access Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio sim­ply and quick­ly on your Alexa or com­pat­i­ble cloud-based smart speak­er. Just enable the skill (and you may not even have to do that) and you’re one step away from being tuned in!

If you need to enable the Skill, say “Alexa, enable Skill” and then reply “Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio” when asked for the name of the Skill.

Then you can just say, “Alexa, Play Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio”!

*Note that this fea­ture may not be avail­able out­side the US, Cana­da and the UK.

Jack Flanders in Do That In Real Life?

Tune in on Fri­day for the next episode of anoth­er excit­ing radio ser­i­al from our friends at ZBS Foun­da­tion: “Do That In Real Life?” - fea­tur­ing that sea­soned eso­teric tourist, Jack Flanders.

This adven­ture con­sists  of four half-hour episodes, broad­cast at noon and 4pm Pacific/SLT on Fri­days. Now read on dot, dot, dot…

The Magic of The Musical: Saturday, July 15th Live!

THE MAGIC OF THE MUSICAL — Sat­ur­day, July 15 @2pm slt. This Month: The Unsink­able Music Man: Mered­ith Willson


July’s episode will be LIVE from the Gar­dens at beau­ti­ful Angel Manor, and on-the-air, at 2pm SLT — join the audi­ence in-world!

Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio’s orig­i­nal series “The Mag­ic of The Musi­cal” con­tin­ues this Sat­ur­day, July 15th, at 2pm SLT/Pacific Time, live from its home in Angel Manor — and this episode comes from the beau­ti­ful Gar­dens on the estate — click to go there!

Also on the air today: tune in at 12 noon or 4pm for the lat­est, spe­cial SL20B edi­tion of “Where Have You Been?” where we sug­gest loca­tions and strate­gies to get the best out of your vis­its to the Sec­ond Life 20th Birth­day regions. Plus “Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity” from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hous­ton, every four hours from 4am. Fea­tured Music will, of course, be “On Broadway!”.

Sunday 9 July: Elrik Merlin at SL20B — and more!

Sun­day 9th July, 3pm SLT: Join Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio’s co-founder Elrik Mer­lin for an hour of retro-futur­is­tic Clas­sic Elec­tron­i­ca LIVE from the Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio exhib­it at the Sec­ond Life 20th Birth­day cel­e­bra­tions! Artists include The Tor­na­dos, Kraftwerk, Kei­th Mans­field, Per­rey & Kings­ley, Syn­er­gy and more.  Be there in per­son — or tune in to Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio for the live broadcast!

Here’s your trans­porta­tion… and talk­ing of trans­porta­tion, while you’re there, why not hop on a sky­cy­cle and see the exhi­bi­tion from a dif­fer­ent angle!

In addi­tion, tune in at 12 noon and 4pm for Episode 22 of our orig­i­nal series, “Tarot @ Teatime. In this episode Hon­ey and Wil­low take a jour­ney through more of the Major Arcana and dis­cuss the his­to­ry and sig­nif­i­cance of cards XII The Hanged Man, XIII Death, XIV Tem­per­ance, XV The Dev­il, and XVI The Tow­er — details here.

Weds 5th July: Join us for a live Tarot Talk at 1pm SLT

On Wednes­day July 5th at 1pm SLT, join Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio at our SL20B head­quar­ters on SLB Breath­tak­ing, or tune in to for a spe­cial live “Tarot Talk” in which Hon­ey Heart, Tarot expert and co-host of VCRa­dio’s orig­i­nal series, “Tarot @ Teatime”, dis­cuss­es her recent research into Tarot read­ing, in con­ver­sa­tion with Elrik Mer­lin. Hav­ing been a Tarot read­er for 40 years, Hon­ey has recent­ly com­plet­ed some orig­i­nal, detailed research into the Tarot, look­ing at what exact­ly goes on dur­ing a Tarot read­ing. Today’s pre­sen­ta­tion sheds new light on the poten­tial pos­si­bil­i­ties for using the Tarot in transper­son­al coun­sel­ing and in oth­er fields.

In addi­tion, don’t miss the spe­cial SL20B edi­tion of “Where Have You Been?” at 12 noon and 4pm SLT, where we look at some of the exhibits at the show and present some strate­gies for get­ting the best out of your vis­it. And “Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity” from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hous­ton, every fourhours from 4am SLT/Pacific.

Through­out the day we are fea­tur­ing music writ­ten for, inspired by, or con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous with, the works of William Shake­speare, includ­ing both peri­od and mod­ern instrumentation.

Caledonia Skytower at SL20B — Sunday 2nd July, 3pm

This show is now avail­able on Mixcloud!

Sun­day 2nd July, 3pm SLT: Join our star pre­sen­ter Cale­do­nia Sky­tow­er for an hour of selec­tions from motion pic­ture and tele­vi­sion sound­tracks that look to the future — includ­ing the works of Alexan­der Courage, Jer­ry Gold­smith, Michael Giachi­no, John Williams and more! LIVE from the Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio exhib­it at the Sec­ond Life 20th Birth­day cel­e­bra­tions! Be there in per­son — or tune in to Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio for the live broadcast!

Host Cale­do­nia Sky­tow­er explores our fas­ci­na­tion with space through pop­u­lar enter­tain­ment, focus­ing pri­mar­i­ly on the music of Star Trek and Star Wars. These fer­tile fran­chis­es, each with their own rocky begin­nings, have had a major impact on the enter­tain­ment indus­try and pop­u­lar cul­ture as they con­tin­ue to hon­or their begin­nings and explore new paths. Strap on your light saber and pre­pare to beam-up for an hour of glo­ri­ous music of The Stars!

Here’s your trans­porta­tion… and talk­ing of trans­porta­tion, while you’re there, why not hop on a sky­cy­cle and see the exhi­bi­tion from a dif­fer­ent angle?