The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse (AOM), formed in March, 2007, is a globally dispersed collective of composers, musicians and media artists working in the virtual online environment Second Life. AOM investigates and exposes new possibilities for developing audiovisual works that challenge and explore beyond conventional practices of creating, performing and listening to music.
Tina Pearson has been creating and performing with AOM since 2007.
Avatar Orchestra Metaverse Curriculum Vitae 2020
With members spread over 3 continents, AOM explores the nuances of identity and the communicative possibilities that are opened through real time telematic connection within a virtual audiovisual environment. Within AOM, a new kind of listening is unfolded; inviting subtle yet powerful mind connections made audible within a rich and wildly varying sonic world. AOM’s ‘instruments’ are created within the Second Life environment, making it possible for each performer in the Orchestra to trigger sounds independent from one another and to play together in real time. These completely in-world instruments feature sounds, visuals, and animations with no input streaming. A performance of a jumping, hovering, floating and twirling Avatar Orchestra Metaverse is truly a spectacular event.
AOM members are located in Europe, North America and Asia. Since its beginnings in early 2007, AOM has created and performed over 30 audiovisual works screened live and on streaming platforms for music, art and media events in France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, UK, Spain, Canada and the United States. Artists represented include Bjorn Eriksson (Sweden), Leif Inge (Norway), Andreas Müller, Max D Well, Chris Wittkowsky, Johannes Riedmann and Harald Muenz (Germany), Shintaro Miyazaki (Switzerland), Biagio Franca (Italy), Frieda Kuterna (Belgium), Gema FB Martin (Spain), Viv Corringham, Norman Lowrey, Pauline Oliveros, Tim Rischer and Brenda Hutchinson (USA), and Tina Pearson, Erik Rzepka, Liz Solo, Cathy Fern Lewis and Jeremy Owen Turner (Canada). AOM has collaborated with Australian artist Stelarc, and with with musicians playing live in the non-virtual world, including Tinntinnabulate (USA), Franziska Schroeder (Ireland), Ryan Siegan Smith and Ayaka Okutsuand (Germany), Kathy Kennedy, Anne Bourne and Christine Duncan (Canada) among others.