Fantasy Faire and Radio Riel are pleased to announce that their collaborative project Fantasy Faire Radio has become a year-round, full-time Internet radio service from Saturday, April 1, 2017.
Fantasy Faire and Radio Riel have worked together since 2014 to bring Fantasy Faire Radio to life every Spring as part of the annual celebration in the virtual world of Second Life that raises money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
This year, Fantasy Faire Radio by Radio Riel will continue broadcasting after the end of the Faire, becoming a full-time Internet radio service that will serve as a connection to the Faire community all year round. The service will be maintained via sponsorship: read more about becoming an FFR Sponsor.
Fantasy Faire Radio features a mix of Renaissance, New Age, Classical and Fantasy Soundtrack music. Listeners can tune in by opening http://fantasyfaire.radioriel.org in an Internet media player: the service will also be listed in the TuneIn.com curated internet radio directory.
Radio Riel was founded in Second Life on June 1, 2007 with the goal of providing a soundtrack of Classical and English Folk music to the Neo-Victorian and Steampunk communities. The station has since grown to six separate audio streams, each with its own style and genre of music and has thousands of listeners worldwide.
Celebrating its ninth year, Fantasy Faire is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. With DJ parties, auctions, hunts, a Literary Festival, dance and theater performances, fantasy art, roleplaying events, and the most diverse display of fantasy paraphernalia on the grid, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
From Thursday, April 20 to Sunday April 30 thousands of visitors will come to experience the magic of the Fairelands, joining a dynamic fantasy community to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer. Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $3.6 million USD over the past decade, with Fantasy Faire contributing almost $200,000 USD to that amount.
– Amethystium, for Transience – Saudade OR Nightfall
– Midori, for A Promise of Enchantment – In the Whispering Light
– Yoko Shimomura, for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX OST – Hollow Bastion OR for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Remastered OST – Reviving Hollow Bastion
– Jeremy Soule, for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Streets of Whiterun
– Threefold, for Troubadour – Reflections
– Howard Shore, for The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring [ST] – Concerning Hobbits
– Falcom Sound Team JDK, for Ys VI The Ark of Napishtim OST – Gratitude for Nature’s Blessings
– Kenji Ito, for Children of Mana OST – Longing
– Dynamedion, for Runes of Magic OST – Pioneers Colony
– Motoi Sakuraba, for Star Ocean: The Second Story – Pure a Stream
– Hitoshi Sakimoto, for Final Fantasy XII OST – Royal Capital Rabanastre (City Upper Ground)
– Yang Bang-Ean, for AION OST – Step into the Next World
– Motoi Sakuraba, for Star Ocean: The Second Story – In a Lightsome Mood
– Koji Sakurai, for Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits OST – Yewbell, ~ Balmy Breeze
– David Arkenstone, for Atlantis – A Symphonic Journey – Festival of the Goddess
– Yoko Shimomura, for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Soundtrack – Darkness of the Unknown
– Howard Shore, for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – The End of All Things (feat. Renee Fleming)
– Two Steps from Hell, for the Power of Darkness – Ironheart
– Jeremy Soule, for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – From Past to Present
– Adam Skorupa & Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz, for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings OST – Vergen by Night
– Antti Martikainen, for Eternal Saga – Eternal Saga
– Corvus Corax, for Sverker – Havfru
– Trinity, for Single – A Journey in the North
– Cultus Ferox, for Wiederkehr – Tamfanae
– Wardruna, for Runaljod Yggdrasil – Fehu
The Golden Delta
– David Arkenstone, for Myths and Legends – Song of Sheherazade OR Temple of Isis
– Loreena McKennitt, for An Ancient Muse – Kecharitomene OR The Gates of Istanbul
– Jack Wall, for Myst 3: Exile OST – Theme from Edanna
– Greg Edmonson, for Uncharted 3 OST – Atlantis of the Sands
– Mark Morgan, for Fallout 1 & 2 OST – Trader’s Life (The Hub)
– Jesper Kyd, for Assassin’s Creed 2 OST – Venice Rooftops
– Jeremy Soule, Guild Wars: Prophecies OST – Crystal Oasis
– Diego Mitre, for Chronicles of Creation – Rain of Stars
– Mysteria, for Tempting the Muse – Elixir for Sunsets
– Conjure One, for Holoscenic – Miscreant
– Antti Martikainen, for The Last Chronicle – The King of the Highlands
– Medwyn Goodall, for Renaissance – The Legend
– Jeff Danna & Mychael Danna, for A Celtic Romance – The Blood of Cu Chulainn
– The Europa Ensemble, for Collection – Emerald Passion
– Imagine Music, for Aeterna – New Beginnings
– Gene Wilder, for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Pure Imagination
– Amethystium, for Isabliss – Strangely Beautiful
– Camille Saint-Saëns – Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) – Aquarium
– Danny Elfman, for the Nightmare Before Christmas – This is Halloween
– Loreena McKennitt, for The Book of Secrets – Mummers’ Dance
– Russell Brower, Derek Duke, & Glenn Stafford, for Diablo III OST – Caldeum
– Howard Shore, for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – The End of All Things (feat. Renee Fleming)
– Nightwish, for Once – Planet Hell
– Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, for Gladiator OST – Now We Are Free
– Toby Fox, for Undertale OST – Megalovania OR Hopes and Dreams / Save the World OR Your Worst Nightmare
– Minstrel Spirit, for Enter the Woods – At the Castle Gate
– Jeremy Soule, for the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The City Gates
– Secret Garden, for Once in a Red Moon – Gates of Dawn
– Future World Music, for Volume 8 (Worlds Apart) – Welcome to Your Fantasy
– Ekaterina, for the Music of Moth – Journey Home
– Andrew Kinsella – Evolution (The Whole Album)
– Runestone, for The Raven and the Moon – Wildwood Night OR Spellbooks & Candles
– Antti Martikainen, for Set Sail for the Golden Age – Otherworld
– The Europa Ensemble, for Collection – Primrose Garden
– Brad Derrick, Rik Schaffer, for the Elder Scrolls Online – Dawn Gleams on Cyrodiil
– (Special Mention for William Shakespeare Day): André Rieu, for Romeo & Juliet – Love Theme
Sapphire Mirror Lake
– Christopher Tin, for Sid Meier’s Civilization IV OST – Baba Yet
– Adiemus, Songs of Sanctuary – Kayama
– Loreena McKennitt, for the Mask and the Mirror – The Mystic’s Dream
– Diane Arkenstone, for Aquaria – Voice of the Sea
– Enaid, for A Celtic Legend – Lady of the Lake
– Blue Stone, for Messages – Midnight Tides
– The Noble Demon (Original: Koji Kondo), for The Legend of Zelda: – Ocarina of Time – Shadow Temple (Orchestral Arrangement)
– David Arkenstone, for Echoes of Light and Shadow – Dark Star
– Danny Rayel, for Collection – Red Moonlight
– Blackmore’s Night, for Autumn Sky – Darkness
– (Special Mention for the Hunt): David Arkenstone, for Music Inspired by Middle Earth – The Quest
Nyza Stillwater, one of our FaireChylde rocking DJs has also been providing music for the Region Tours of Literary Festival, where the Faire Folk wander into the Fairelands together, exploring the worlds and writing about them. This is his account on how all of that worked out and how it has been like, what he set out to do and why he is doing this.
I’m a returning DJ for Fantasy Faire 2016. Last year was my first year and I enjoyed it immensely that I applied again this year and was accepted. From the very first day I have had enormous support from the backstage crew, the fellow DJs, and Mr. Zander Greene. This year, Zander asked me basically to stream music during the evening region tours, part of Fantasy Faire’s second annual Literary Festival. The tours were a new feature this year and his vision was to set music appropriate to the sim to inspire writers to create their stories while out touring the sims. I opted to take 7 of the 10 shifts available (coming out to be about 14 hours of music). Honestly, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, being able to craft my own story through music of the wondrous places that are The Fairelands.
Music illustrates emotions and feelings, from fearful and melancholy, to hopeful and joyous. Without it, the world is without life, such as a soul in a person’s body. The many moods of music is very similar to what cancer victims go through from diagnosis to, in some cases, passing on to the next life. Without evil, we cannot appreciate good, and without good, we cannot recognizeevil. We cheer on our favorite heroes (the Relayers, the victims, the researchers, ACS, etc.) and loathe our worst enemies (cancer, suffering, and death). Music, like art, and like life, can tell a story revolving around any of these emotions.
You may be curious to know how the playlists come into being. Theybegin forming two weeks before the Faire even opens. Each sim designer provided a tidbit of story that told about their sim to effectively inform the curious wanderer. This only served as the first step to the creation of the playlist. The second step came once early access was granted to backstage staff and members when the sims could be viewed prior to the opening to the public. From here, I took the stories created by the sim creators and through my own tours crafted a playlist that responded according to what I saw and felt. Additionally, I look for musical influences from the designers themselves, which they have graciously provided in their interviews featured on the website. My ultimate goal was not only to assist the LitFest writers in crafting their own stories in response to their own visions, but to serve as a sort of soundtrack for each sim, like if each were its own tale. You might be surprised to know that it took me an estimated 50 hours to create ALL ten of my playlists! I’ve been told I’m an obsessive compulsive worker on more than one occasion… The different sims make it challenging at times to find just the right music! It is obvious that the sim builders have put a lot of time, effort, and thought into their designs. The same has to go for the music as well, I feel.
I have my “go-to soundtracks” that everyone knows and can relate to, such as Howard Shore’s “Lord of the Rings” and a lot of music from video games, particularly roleplaying games (RPGs) series such as Final Fantasy and the Elder Scrolls. Composers from RPGs are tasked with doing roughly the same thing I am doing for Fantasy Faire: adding appropriate music to worlds to emit feeling and emotion from what we see and experience.
I also add in electronic new age music from groups such as Conjure One, Amethystium, Antti Martikainen, David Arkenstone, and Medwyn Goodall. Honestly, it would be impossible for me to create a favorite album or to pick one favorite tune that captures the feeling of each sim, but one of my favorite tracks of all time is Antti Martikainen’s “Throne of the North” from the album of the same name. It’s an eleven minute track that just takes you on the ride, and fills you with a variety of emotions from start to end. I also really love David Arkenstone’s “Atlantis” album.
Besides providing the music for the story-writers, I do try to relate the music to life and events. Being diagnosed with any form of cancer is world-shattering for any victim. My mother is a 2-time survivor of lymphoma cancer and was recently told that it had returned again, so her fight isn’t over yet. Cancer victims are constantly having to deal with a variety of emotion, but one thing I can give them through music is inspiration and hope and to help them take away their pain for a time and to give them the courage to keep fighting. A lot of music is uplifting and dramatic, just as heroes are. It displays a will that will not go away, a determination to keep fighting until peace reigns across the land and disease and suffering is extinguished.
There are many stories that can be told through words and music. Relaying for me is the story of survival, of hope, and of the will to carry on fighting. One of my favorite quotes of all time from Gautama Buddha is, “Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” This exhilarating adrenaline rush of the Relay spirit is impossible to ignore, and each of us has the power to make a difference. Each of us fights for different reasons, and while one person alone may not be able to make an enormous difference, banded together as many, we can. As Sir William Shakespeare has said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and wo men merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.” I’m doing my part for Fantasy Faire and for Relay For Life too through the power of musical storytelling. It is my gift to you all and to those who we all fight for.
On behalf of all the DJs (Zander Greene, Elrik Merlin, Roofus Rossini, Holocluck Henly, Fizban Underwood, Ktahdn Vesuvino, Gerrard Winstanley, Hazard Fizzle, Lord of the Llamas, Trader Whiplash, Elizabeth Tinsley, Magdalena Kamenev, AineMari Flanagan, ColeMarie Soleil, Gem Sunkiller, Fuzzball Otega, Silverfox Rainbow, Madonna Milena, Vasa Vella, Bard Wasp, Nuala Maracas, Catalina Staheli, and Gabrielle Riel) the hosts (Kammi, CuriousinSL, Darkstone, Lala Lourbridge, and Elayne Diavolo), and the executives and staff (Elizabeth Tinsley, Zander Greene, Elrik Merlin, Saffia Widdershins, and Gabrielle Riel) we hope you have enjoyed our musical selections, not just during LitFest, but also during Fantasy Faire itself. Of course, this would not be possible without the support of Radio Riel who provides the radio stream to all of us for use during the Faire and for providing the Soundtrack of the Fairelands when there is not a live DJ in the house. Thank you all!!!
Thank you, Nyza, for adding to the soundtrack of the Fairelands! Thank you all of the DJs and hosts and sound magicians working with Fantasy Faire Radio!
Fantasy Faire Radio is now accepting applications for DJs who would like to be part of the on-air team for 2015. Just follow the link below to the Google Form for the DJ Application. We are looking for DJs who will commit to one or more two-hour set. There are limited slots, so apply soon. Thanks and Go Relay!
Fantasy Faire Radio will be going off the air for another year, after the end of the Hunt at midnight Pacific Time on May 18/19th.
Before we close down for 2014, the Coordinator of Fantasy Faire Radio, David Abbott, and myself, Technical Director Elrik Merlin, would like to thank everyone who helped to make Fantasy Faire Radio possible this year.
We’d like to thank the roleplay groups who, with the assistance of Saffia Widdershins, provided us with news stories on how their tales were developing over the course of the Faire; the many live artists, DJs and event commentators who brought the station to life; Samantha Ohrberg for her organisational skills; Gabrielle Riel of Radio Riel for her musical support; our anonymous donor who very kindly donated the server system; and of course the region sponsors, whose messages we have been proud to carry throughout the Faire, thanks to Aisling Sinclair’s inimitable presentation. And thanks to the many others who worked behind the scenes.
But most of all we would like to thank you, the listeners to Fantasy Faire Radio, whether you tuned in from the Fairelands as many of you did, or listened across the internet. This year we were heard by over 9,100 unique listeners in 116 countries, and we hope we enhanced your experience of the Faire and the Fairelands over the past weeks.*
We hope to be back next year at the same time. Meanwhile, if you would like to keep up to date with the latest events surrounding Relay for Life of Second Life as we head towards the big weekend itself, July 19th and 20th, visit the Relay For Life of Second Life web site.
But for now, it just remains for us to say goodbye from Fantasy Faire Radio 2014 – and thank you for listening.
*As a radio enthusiast, it’s quite difficult to write a piece like this without, consciously or otherwise, echoing UK “pirate” station Radio London’s Managing Director Philip Birch on the day the station closed down on August 13, 1967. Hear what I mean, from around 8:36…
What better way to shake off the fairy-dust and show off your new outfits (and watch other people in amazing avatars!), than dancing on awesome tunes played by one of the Fantasy Faire DJ’s on the Fairychylde, after a day of exploring and shopping?!
I know I love me some clubbin’ and so I hopped over to the Fairechylde, the giant airship that is carried by a huge dragon and currently stationed above the Palace of Tears and danced the night away. Tonight DJ Victoria Grau entertained the crowds and it was wonderful!
You can hear the DJ’s playing anytime, as they use the stream of Fantasy Faire Radio – which broadcasts news and updates continuously. There are regular events on the ship, so stay tuned and …enjoy!