i made a dance video and i really want to share it with you because you are the one who knows inside me.
i haven’t made one of these since 2017 and i’m so excited because the way it went was truly like a gift.
i made the music on a program called Mixcraft8 which i used to use when i used windows. i used sampled sound loops that i would edit to the point of refining some of them down to individual notes and placing them exactly where i wanted them. i now use linux and have finally begun self tutoring myself on an open source music manipulation program. So far i love it as it has been not loops but from scratch and i am teaching myself how to make my own loops.
The dance is done in the virtual world and there are five of me dancing as a dance troupe. We all have a dance HUD which means we all contribute with our individual dance styles to make up the choreography.
The way it is done is, the actual dance animations are professionally made by a real dancer wearing body sensors and they capture the movement on computer and process this. This is called Motion Capture and is coined “Mocap” for short. These mocap animations usually are about 45 seconds long and this does vary quite a lot.
In the virtual world i buy these mocap dance animations, and i put them into a HUD (heads up display). This allows me to select the animation i desire at the precise beat in the music. I often hit a dance animation at every eight bars of music so in this way i am doing live choreography and recording the video there and then. I rehearse considerably before i go to record as i carefully work with the animations and the music to produce choreography just like i do in the real world with my own ability to dance. (i trained in ballet and ballroom extensively when i was younger).
The music track is called “Along the way” and it is done by “Elf Wingtips”
All the accreditation is on youtube in the description to honor the dancers and the people who brought them to the virtual world of second life.
i really hope you find joy in it as i do. i want to be with you in this.
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