designing (for) the invisibles

This is a short piece I wrote for the Positive Design Workshop. It is the based on the idea of overtone in music and tries to apply it in the context of digital city design.

two classic music related innovation stories

Since I used to live in Cleveland and now live in Philadelphia (well actually on the NJ side), it is only appropriate that these stories come from these two great “classic” cities.

Last Saturday, there was the first orchestra performance in Second Life. The Red {an Orchestra} from Cleveland performed in Second Life. The performance was supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, OneCommunity, the New Media Consortium, Leonard Steinbach Cultural Technology Strategies, MediaAffect.com, JaredJared.com and the musicians of Red {an orchestra}. It was watched from an “amphitheater” at Case Western Reserve University or Machima Studio in Learning on the NMC Campus, each with 50 seating capacity of avatar. The goal of the performance was to introduce classic music to the emerging generation who may have not seen “real” orchestra performance.

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And, Philadelphia Orchestra started its own podcast. Surely it may not be as interesting as the performance in Second Life, but this type of innovations by cultural establishments should be encouraged and supported. Technological innovations like blog, flickr, and YouTube have enabled the production of various creative works by average Joe and Jane. A critical question is how the cultural elite institutions who used to dominate the means to produce such creative works in the past respond to this radical change.