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Second Life is not a game (though you can play all kinds of games within Second Life). Residents specifically refer to themselves as a community and that seems to me to be the most accurate description. It’s like living in a small town where you tend to keep bumping into people you know. If you’re looking for poets, you’ll find them. If you’re looking for scientists, you’ll find them. If you’re looking for imaginative architects and builders, you’ll find them. If you’re looking for prostitutes, you’ll find them.

Soundcloud is the audio equivalent to YouTube. Never mind the music media or TV programmes. Soundcloud is where contemporary musicians reveal just what they’re working on at the moment, shaping the music the rest of the world will be hearing soon.

However, Soundcloud has recently changed the way they do things, so Morgue and I are in the process of moving our songs and poetry. The songs will be going to Bandcamp.

Brendan at Bandcamp As I create a new page on Bandcamp, I’ll be deleting it from Soundcloud. I’ve now moved across everything that might have commercial potential and so the Soundcloud account is still open and is still populated with “musical musings”. I probably won’t be adding anything to it. A small selection of Morgue’s poetry is still hosted on the Soundcloud site. Wherever it goes and whatever we record and publish in future, the primary thing is that everything will remain available for you to listen to without charge.

What Are You Afraid Of? If horror and ghost stories are your thing, you may remember Fox Ravenheart. He doesn’t do Second Life so much these days but he has created a podcast called What Are You Afraid Of? In around January 2015 he asked me to make audio recordings of stories submitted to him for inclusion in the episodes. He’s worked very hard at raising the profile and now has around 10,000 listeners for each episode. In addition to reading the stories, I record and contribute traditional British folk songs with a ghostly theme, as and when I come across them. If you have any ideas, I would welcome your suggestions. The main thing to remember is that they MUST be old enough to avoid any copyright issues.