Live Music: "It just happens to be virtual."

Virtual community, Second Life, gives musicians a chance to showcase music around the world Updated: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 1:27 PM


How it works

When musicians play in Second Life, audiences turn on streaming audio to listen at that location. The sound is broadcast through a live audio stream, like an Internet radio station.

"It's kind of like going to a drive-in movie and turning on the speaker in your car," explains Portland resident Dan Linn, or RoseDrop Rust to fans.

Most musicians use specialized equipment, such as a digital interface to transmit the music to their computer, encoding software to broadcast the audio stream and a microphone.