Step UP!

Make your voice heard about Content Theft

Michi Renoir plays for Step UP!

Step UP! logo

Step UP! logo

At 1pm SLT, Michi Renoir is playing LIVE Music at the Step UP! Art Gallery on Toor to celebrate Step UP! Day!

A classically trained pianist from the age of 8, Michi also dabbled as a ‘guitar hero’ in his youth. Jon Lord (Deep Purple) became his muse, and inspired him to play very differently.

Keyboards & piano combine uniquely, & Michi incorporates many genres in both his originals & remixes – his music has been described as “amazing, a musical journey to take listeners to another plane of reality”.

Michi’s personality, and love of improvisation ensure that no performance is the same.

A spectacular show complements the music, with a few surprises along the way – Michi’s concerts aren’t to be missed!

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Step Up! Day, Step UP!Party | Leave a comment

Truelie Telling plays for Step UP!

Step UP! logo

Step UP! logo

At 11am SLT, Truelie Telling is kicking off eleven hours of LIVE Step UP Music at Planet Mongo to celebrate Step UP! Day!

Truelie Telling has been making up tunes since she was in the crib, so she arrived here with a big catalog of original songs. She plays guitar and sings in a rambling rumbling vocal style that has been compared to every chick singer from the ’40s to the ’00s, but doesn’t really sound like anyone else.

She loves Second Life and has been writing songs about it since she first moved here in December of 2007, so you can expect to hear songs about rl and sl – although sometimes she’s confused about which is which. She calls herself a countrypunkfolkjazzcomedyrock performer who has overcome her classical training, with the heart of an old hippy happily inhabiting a much younger, much more beautiful avvie.

Listen to her music at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25L8k2m2eh0
http://www.myspace.com/truelietelling

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Step Up! Day, Step UP!Party | Leave a comment

Step UP! Day Party News

Step UP! Party Materials

Step UP! Party Materials

Step UP! Day will kick off with Tommy Scorpio playing at Planet Mongo at 12 midnight!

We’ll have a combination of live SL musicians and SL musicians streamed on Indie Spectrum Radio playing throughout the day. Watch the blog for details of how to grab the relevant streams!

Tommy Scorpio is a singer/songwriter from Sweden. who play a mix of covers and his own originals. His biggest influences are bands in the britpop and Indie scene of the 90´s, but his first influence was when he was six years old and got a tape wth Elvis Presley on. Also influenced by Beach Boys and other great bands and artists of the 60´s.

Tommy’s stream is: http://gaia.gate5.se:13196

After that we will have several hours from Indie Spectrum Radio. You can play it through their radios – see http://www.indiespectrum.com/ for details.

You can also get a range of materials for your party from XStreet SL – Textures and Information Packs to display!

And don’t forget your special Freddie Bleac Step UP! fireworks!

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Step Up! Day | 2 Comments

StepUP Gallery Art and Education Gallery Reception

Making Connections by Gracie Kendal

Making Connections by Gracie Kendal

The Step UP! Art and Education gallery is in full swing! As of this morning, a quick (and probably not totally accurate) count tallied 30 artists exhibiting! They are all over the place: in the gallery, on the surface, hanging off the side of the mountains, in the sea …

Some of the artists have created work specifically for the StepUP! Campaign with the theme of content theft, even sharing their own experiences with having their work stolen.

Tricia Aferdita is the curator, and she has assembled a really awesome collection of Second life Art for the occasion.

Step UP! Art Gallery on Toor

Step UP! Art Gallery on Toor

And to celebrate this accomplishment by the StepUP! Art Community, please join us for a reception at the Step UP! Gallery, on Wednesday November 4, from 3-5 pm SLT in the lovely sim donated for a special Step UP! art exhibition, featuring Second Life artists passionate about creating and protecting the work they create. Wander through the sim-wide exhibition of some of SL’s finest artists; enjoy live music from Eio Tuqiri and tunes from IndieSpectrum Radio. Learn about copyright and public domain, and experience beautiful and thought-provoking work. Help us celebrate art in Second Life!

November 4, 2009 Posted by | Step Up! Campaign | 1 Comment

Looking for Musicians to help us celebrate Step UP!

Step UP!

Step UP!

As regular readers here will know, on  Thursday November 5th Step UP! will have an all day grid wide celebration to show solidarity & support for content creators in Second Life.

There will be all sorts of parties across the grid on that day.  We think it would be fitting to have Live SL performances featuring performers who play or sing their own original songs.   Not only will this be in libne with a very strict interpretation of music copyright law, it will also be a great opportunity to make people aware of the wealth of talent and original music in Second Life.

There will also be a party at the Step UP! Headquarters on the Planet Mongo sim from 2-6pm SLT.  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Planet%20Mongo/125/151/30 – but we are planning to have musicians there at other times as well.

If you would like to particpate, please contact either Angie Mornington or Saffia Widdershins.
angie.mornington@gmail.com
saffia.widdershins@gmail.com

*****Please let us know:

1.  What time of the day (SL Time) you can perform:

2.  What type of music you play:

3:  If you can offer your stream of original music that we can give to people who are hosting parties throughout the day:

Thank you so much and we look forward to hearing from you!

November 4, 2009 Posted by | Step Up! Campaign, Step Up! Day | 4 Comments

Step UP! on – and to! – Designing Worlds

Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Join us today at 2pm at the Step UP! headquarters on Planet Mongo for a Designing Worlds show all about the Step UP! against intellectual property violation and content theft. We’ll be exploring the beautiful sim, created by Lumiere Noir and CaSimone Aquitaine, which has been kindly donated by Lumiere for the duration of the campaign, and viewing a special video showing some of the ways that content theft can happen, created by Toxic Menges. Then we’ll be talking to Dijodi Dubratt who – with her partner Ironwolf Taurog – has loaned the use of their sim Toor to stage an amazing art exhibition by top SL artists, curated by Tricia Afterdita, in support of Step UP! And we’ll be talking about the Step UP! parties that people are planning for November 5th – as well as giving a sneak preview of the awesome Step UP! firework display created by Freddie Bleac (and available for free on XStreetSL).

Step UP! Fireworks at the Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Step UP! Fireworks at the Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

And, so that our live audience can enjoy the spectacular fireworks, we have a special Viewing Party. We won’t be gathering in the studio today, but at the beautiful headquarters of the Step UP! campaign on Planet Mongo, where the show is being filmed. And, of course, as usual, there are gifts for everyone who attends the show! The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be at our viewing party by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat. Or you can watch on the Treet live stream.

November 3, 2009 Posted by | Step Up! Campaign, Step UP! Press & Coverage | Leave a comment

Make your Step UP! party an explosive success!

Step UP! Fireworks at the Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Step UP! Fireworks at the Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

You know how we have been urging everyone to hold Step UP! parties on November 5th?  Now we have something to make your party an explosive success – Step UP! fireworks.

The talented firework maker Freddie Bleac (who appeared on a Meta Makeover show last year) has made a special set of Step UP! fireworks – and they are available for 0 Lindens on his XStreetSL website.  The effects are awesome – we guarantee you will love this way of advertising Step UP!

Step UP! Fireworks at the Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Step UP! Fireworks at the Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Over the next couple of days we will be posting more information on how you can plane, decorate and celebrate at your Step UP! party!

November 2, 2009 Posted by | Getting Step UP! stuff, Step Up! Day | Leave a comment

Keeping it Simple with Step UP!

Step UP! logo

Step UP! logo

Right from the start of Step UP! we have said that Step UP! Day will be November the 5th, and that to support Step UP! on that day no-one uploads anything to the grid, that people wear the Step UP! ribbon to show support, and that they hold or attend Step UP! parties to celebrate content creation.

Those are still our objectives.

We are NOT calling for a boycott of selling or buying – and we hope that people will continue to blog, plurk and twitter to let everyone know that it’s Step UP! Day!

There has been some confusion as another group, Artists’ Voice, IS calling for a 48 Hour boycott of uploads, selling, buying and blog posts – and several blogs and chats have confused the two campaigns.  We are delighted that there is such interest in opposing content theft, and we wish them well with their planned protest.

But we are not asking people supporting Step UP! to do anything more than we originally asked.  The objectives of Step UP! remain the same.

November 1, 2009 Posted by | Step Up! Campaign | 14 Comments

Making your sky turn Step UP!

Sky banners on Planet Mongo

Sky banners on Planet Mongo

The awesome Lumiere Noir held two workshops last night to help us make Step UP! sky banners ahead of Step UP! Dau on November 5th.

We now have a banner that will cover an entire sim – as you can see in the photograph.  Pssst … see that dark dot hovering OVER the point of the exclamation mark?  That’s me, that is!

Full Sim Step UP! Sky Banner

Full Sim Step UP! Sky Banner

The underside of the banner is transparent so that it shouldn’t block your sky – and it’s phantom too, so you can easily fly right through it.  The underside of the letters can be seen, but will be unnoticeable at our recommended height of 350 feet.

Orange Ribbon Sky Banner

Orange Ribbon Sky Banner

We also have a smaller banner in the shape of a ribbon, designed by Aisling Sinclair.  This will fit over even a small piece of land – and yet be visible on the map when the Lindens update it.

You can pick up the signs from the Step UP! Headquarters on Planet Mongo where they are set up for sale for L$0.  DarionMonkee Levitt volunteered her time to set the full sim version up in a Rez-Faux system. Due to keeping safe permissions … the Rez-Faux and build are no mod/no transfer.  The ribbon for smaller areas are available in a box that can be bought for L$0 too.

We are planning to release the signs on xStreetSL shortly.

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Getting Step UP! stuff, Step Up! Campaign | Leave a comment

Turning the sky Step UP!

Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Crap Mariner came up with a BRILLIANT idea for Step UP! and now is the time to put it into action!

Crap wrote:
What about 256×256×1 megaprims with the ribbons for sim owners to place in the sky before 11/5 so the map will have plenty of unavoidable symbols of protest?

We think this is a great idea – and to get it ready, we’re going to have a workshop/class to make suitable sky signs. These can then be distributed through the Step UP! inworld group and through xStreet.

When you rezz these high in the sky, over your land (whether a small 512 or an entire region) they will be visible on the map. The more Step UP! sky signs we can create and position, the more they will be visible to everyone opening the map on November 5th.

Lumiere Noir of Ivory Tower Library of Primitives will lead the workshop/class, so it will be a great chance to learn about what can be done with megas and how YOU can customise your sky for Step UP!

It will be held at the great new Step UP! headquarters on Planet Mongo. Lumiere has donated this sim for us to use in the build up to Step UP! – so come and see the build he’s created – and the amazing Mall that CaSimone Aquitance created for use in Toxic Menges’ video!

There will be two workshops on Thursday 29th October at 4pm SLT and 7pm SLT.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Getting Step UP! stuff, Step Up! Campaign | Leave a comment