Category Archives: Programming

Music from the Grand Hotel

And now we take you to the Palm Court of the Grand Hotel…” as the announc­er used to say, intro­duc­ing a pro­gramme of fine light clas­si­cal and dance music from the Grand Hotel in East­bourne, on Britain’s South Coast.

Today we take you back to the dance-halls of the ear­ly to mid­dle 20th Cen­tu­ry, from around the mid-20s to the 50s, char­ac­terised by the BBC radio series, Grand Hotel. We’ll also be hear­ing some clas­sic big-band record­ings and much more.

Join us at noon or 4pm Pacif­ic, 8pm or mid­night in the UK, for the lat­est episode in our Sec­ond Life trav­el­ogue series, “Where Have You Been?”, where we fea­ture For­ev­er Tourist, A Sec­ond Life Explo­ration Game.

Moon Over Morocco: Episode 3

TODAY on Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio — Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 21st, noon or 4pm Pacif­ic / 8pm and mid­night in the UK, the THIRD install­ment of…

MOON OVER MOROCCO

Once in a far away land there exist­ed a knowl­edge of nat­ur­al mag­ic that has been lost to mod­ern man. Jack Flan­ders treks to Moroc­co, believ­ing that in this prim­i­tive coun­try, where mag­ic remains an inte­gral part of dai­ly life, he may find this knowl­edge. Jack dis­cov­ers far more than he expect­ed when he steps through the Gate of Pea­cocks, the entrance to that lost world. Jack has stepped out of mod­ern day Moroc­co and into the realm where the knowl­edge of mag­ic is a req­ui­site sur­vival skill. Here’s a cou­ple of tastes of this week’s episode…

Tarot @ Teatime Episode 24: Completing the Major Arcana

Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 20th, and we’re pleased to release the lat­est episode of our pop­u­lar orig­i­nal series on the Tarot: “Tarot @ Teatime”, on the air Thurs­days and Sun­days at noon and 4pm Pacif­ic Time/SLT, 8pm and mid­night in the UK.

In Episode 24, Hon­ey and Wil­low com­plete their jour­ney through the Major Arcana with a dis­cus­sion of cards XVII — The Star, XVIII — The Moon, XIX — The Sun, XX- Judge­ment, and XXI — The World. A sam­ple read­ing is also presented.

A Sense Of Place

Today’s pro­gramme con­cerns itself with the “sense of place” or genius loci, as the Romans called it, that has informed much of West­ern art through the cen­turies. We’ll be attempt­ing to cap­ture the feel­ing of pres­ence that char­ac­teris­es many loca­tions, and to do so we’ll be vis­it­ing sites, cities and spots around the world.

So you’ll hear pieces from Respighi’s Foun­tains of Rome to Mitchel­l’s Stat­ue of Zeus at Olympia; Fin­gal’s Cave from Mendelssohn to Gersh­win’s An Amer­i­can In Paris, Hol­st’s The Plan­ets, Elgar­’s Cock­aigne (In Lon­don Town), and many more. Most of the music is in a clas­si­cal vein, but we’ll also be play­ing more recent com­po­si­tions, for exam­ple music by Sheri­dan Tongue for Pro­fes­sor Bri­an Cox’s BBC tele­vi­sion series Won­ders of the Uni­verse. Immerse your­self in the music and trav­el with us on our own, rather exten­sive and a lit­tle unusu­al, Grand Tour.

Join us at noon or 4pm Pacif­ic, 8pm or mid­night in the UK, for the lat­est episode in our Sec­ond Life trav­el­ogue series, “Where Have You Been?”, where, appro­pri­ate­ly enough, we fea­ture For­ev­er Tourist, A Sec­ond Life Explo­ration Game.

“The Sphinx and the Great Pyra­mid of Giza” by Sam and Ian is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Classical Landscapes

Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 15th: Today’s pro­gramme con­sists of music from some of the Great Mas­ters of Clas­si­cal and Roman­tic music (and a few from the Baroque), includ­ing Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and many more.

Sit back and enjoy some of the great­est music ever writ­ten, per­formed by the lead­ing orches­tras and solo per­form­ers of the world.

Today’s episode of “Where Have You Been?” (12 noon or 4pm Pacif­ic, 8pm or mid­night in the UK) looks at the For­ev­er Tourist: a Sec­ond Life Explo­ration Game, which encour­ages and rewards your explo­rations on the grid. You start off by acquir­ing a Pass­port, and hav­ing done so, you trav­el the grid to par­tic­i­pat­ing loca­tions where you can get a stamp in your pass­port, and some­times free gifts. All kinds of places are fea­tured and the list of par­tic­i­pat­ing loca­tions is up to around 400.

You can also hear “Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity” at the usu­al time, every 4 hours from 4am Pacific.

“Orches­tra” by foil­man is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Moon Over Morocco: Episode 2

TODAY on Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio — Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 14th, noon or 4pm Pacif­ic / 8pm and mid­night in the UK, the sec­ond install­ment of…

Moon Over Morocco

Once in a far away land there exist­ed a knowl­edge of nat­ur­al mag­ic that has been lost to mod­ern man. Jack Flan­ders treks to Moroc­co, believ­ing that in this prim­i­tive coun­try, where mag­ic remains an inte­gral part of dai­ly life, he may find this knowl­edge. Jack dis­cov­ers far more than he expect­ed when he steps through the Gate of Pea­cocks, the entrance to that lost world. Jack has stepped out of mod­ern day Moroc­co and into the realm where the knowl­edge of mag­ic is a req­ui­site sur­vival skill. Here’s a taste of this week’s episode…

“Where Have You Been?” Begins a New Season

“Where Have You Been?” is an orig­i­nal Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio series, host­ed by Cale­do­nia Sky­tow­er and Elrik Mer­lin. In each episode, released every two weeks, we look at places to vis­it and things to see and do around the Sec­ond Life grid.

This week, from Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 12th, we’re start­ing the sec­ond sea­son of “Where Have You Been?”, mark­ing a full year of broad­casts. In Sea­son 2, Episode 1, we look at For­ev­er Tourist: a Sec­ond Life Explo­ration Game, which encour­ages and rewards your explo­rations on the grid. You start off by acquir­ing a Pass­port, and hav­ing done so, you trav­el the grid to par­tic­i­pat­ing loca­tions where you can get a stamp in your pass­port, and some­times free gifts. All kinds of places are fea­tured and the list of par­tic­i­pat­ing loca­tions is up to around 400.

The Early Music Show

Tune in to Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio today, Sat­ur­day Jan­u­ary 8th, for a pro­gramme of Ear­ly Music – fea­tur­ing music of the High Renais­sance, with con­tri­bu­tions from France, Spain, Eng­land and Ger­many. There are also some mod­ern inter­pre­ta­tions thrown in for good measure.

Don’t miss Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity every 4 hours from mid­day UK time / 4am Pacific.

Where Have You Been?” — our series on things to do and places to vis­it across the Sec­ond Life Grid, is cur­rent­ly on hia­tus and returns shortly.

ZBS Presents: Moon Over Morocco

TODAY on Vir­tu­al Com­mu­ni­ty Radio — Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 7th, noon or 4pm Pacif­ic / 8pm and mid­night in the UK, the first install­ment of…

Moon Over Morocco

Once in a far away land there exist­ed a knowl­edge of nat­ur­al mag­ic that has been lost to mod­ern man. Jack Flan­ders treks to Moroc­co, believ­ing that in this prim­i­tive coun­try, where mag­ic remains an inte­gral part of dai­ly life, he may find this knowl­edge. Jack dis­cov­ers far more than he expect­ed when he steps through the Gate of Pea­cocks, the entrance to that lost world. Jack has stepped out of mod­ern day Moroc­co and into the realm where the knowl­edge of mag­ic is a req­ui­site sur­vival skill. Here’s a taste…

The envi­ron­ments in Moon Over Moroc­co were record­ed by author M. Ful­ton while trav­el­ling around that coun­try. You’ll hear the Med­i­na, the Cas­bah, the music of the snake charm­ers, the lone­ly call to prayer from the minaret of the mosque, the dogs of Tang­i­er as the moon becomes full, the music of the desert tribes record­ed in the Sahara and Berber music record­ed at fes­ti­vals in the Grand Atlas and Rif Moun­tains. Music was record­ed by Paul Bowles. Ten hour-long episodes.

Fea­tur­ing Robert Less­er as Kas­bah Kel­ly, Dave Adams as Mojo Sam and Tau­re­an Blacque as the Sto­ry­teller Mustafa. And of course Robert Lorick as Jack Flan­ders / King Has­san Bizel / El Kabah

Tarot @ Teatime Episode 23: The Druidcraft Tarot

Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 7th, and we’re pleased to release the lat­est episode of our pop­u­lar orig­i­nal series on the Tarot: “Tarot @ Teatime”, on the air Thurs­days and Sun­days at noon and 4pm Pacif­ic Time/SLT, 8pm and mid­night in the UK.

In Episode 23, Hon­ey and Wil­low dis­cuss the Druid­craft Tarot.

Will Wor­thing­ton cre­at­ed the images for the beau­ti­ful Druid­craft Tarot. He is often inspired by the work of the pre-Raphaelite artists, par­tic­u­lar­ly their use of the nat­ur­al imagery of the British Isles cou­pled with the Arthuri­an leg­ends. He paint­ed the images of the Druid­craft Tarot deck using an ancient medi­um called Egg-Tem­pera, which is a tech­nique also used by the pre-Raphaelite painters.

Egg-Tem­pera is cre­at­ed using fine­ly ground pig­ments mixed with the con­tents of an egg yolk. The out­er skin or mem­brane of the yolk is punc­tured and the liq­uid yolk is drained into a cup, mixed with a few drops of an extend­ing agent such as white vine­gar, oil of myrrh, or even water. Then the ground pig­ment is added. The extend­ing agent keeps the egg-tem­pu­ra from dry­ing too quick­ly — oth­er­wise the egg yolk dries imme­di­ate­ly upon con­tact with air. Egg tem­pera is not a flex­i­ble paint and requires stiff boards; paint­ing on flex­i­ble media will cause cracks to form and chips of paint to fall off.

Wor­thing­ton paint­ed the Druid­craft Tarot images on care­ful­ly pre­pared wood­en boards paint­ed with lay­ers of ges­so, cre­at­ed from fine­ly ground white chalk and ani­mal glue, which were then sand­ed smooth. Egg-tem­pera dries quick­ly, and pro­duces a smooth, rich mat­te fin­ish when it is dry.

The Druid­craft Tarot, Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm (Authors), Will Wor­thing­ton (Illus­tra­tor), St. Martin’s Press, Revised edi­tion (March 2019), ISBN 10: 1250307422

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