Throughout coronavirus, expertise stay music with out leaving your sofa

In September, the experimental rock duo 100 gecs premiered a brand new observe to a gathered posse of avatars contained in the online game Minecraft. A part of an occasion referred to as the Mine Gala, it was organized and promoted by a staff of real-life creators by way of an “unbiased digital occasions platform” referred to as Open Pit.

A cheeky reference to the New York artwork occasion the Met Gala, the Mine Gala provided lots of the facilities acquainted to these at an outside occasion: a VIP space for followers keen to pay for entry; the liberty to discover varied rooms and areas; a sense of being a part of bigger neighborhood; and the possibility to listen to artists or DJs make and blend music. It even featured an artwork gallery with authentic work.

Crucially, given the worldwide coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the spring live performance season, the people controlling the a whole lot of avatars in attendance by no means bodily interacted, in order that they couldn’t unfold real-life germs.

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