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About Niko Donburi

Niko Donburi is best known for his parodies about the thriving virtual world known as Second Life. His lyrics depend largely on satirizing issues and aspects of Second Life--be it grey goo, Linden Lab, furries, or virtual romance.

Niko's parodies about Second Life are well known through out the SL community and were a staple of SecondCast, SL Under the Radar and other popular Second Life podcasts during the peak years of SL . Niko was a featured performer at the 2007 Second Live Community Convention in Chicago, Illinois, and he still holds the record for the largest virtual live music concert ever held in Second Life at 400+ separate sims.

Niko's music is frequently heard in the clubs of Second Life, with old skool virtual deejays keeping songs such as Dear Linden, Dear Linden, It's the End of the World as we know it (in Second Life), and My Favorite Things (About Second Life) in rotation. It's been said that if you really want to know the history of Second Life, all you need to do is listen to Niko's songs.

The Songs

Clicking on each song title will take you to that specific song to listen to or download. All songs may be used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. Lyrics are available on the left side panel.

The Linden - On the train ride back from SLCC2007 in Chicago, I ran into a Linden... (parody of "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers)
Virtual Stranger - For all those who have had their heart broken in Second Life.... (original)
My Favorite Things (about Second Life) - Pretty much self-explanatory... (parody of "My Favorite Things," the O&E classic)
Should I log in or Should I go now? - Sometimes it's no fun to be in SL... (parody of "Should I stay or should I go?" by The Clash)
Dear Linden, Dear Linden - The ultimate Second Life protest song... (parody of "Dear Abby" by John Prine)
SL Man - True stories about some of my virtual friends... (parody of "Piano Man" by Billy Joel)
It's the end of the world as we know it (in Second Life) - With every change or addition to the Grid, someone somewhere thinks it's all gonna end... (parody of "It's the End of the World as we Know it" by REM)
44 lines about 22 Lindens - I got to wondering one day about who these Lindens really are and what do they actually do... (parody of "88 Lines about 44 Women" by The Nails)
Escape (The Second Life Song) - Looking for love in SL? Best be careful your spouse doesn't find out... (parody of "Escape (the Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes.)
Wastin' Away in Second Life - An ode to the greatest time sink ever created... (parody of "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett)
Second Life (that's where I want to be)- the anthem of the addictive world of Second Life (parody of "Up in Smoke" by Cheech and Chong)
Living Virtually - What keeps bringing people back to Second Life are not the graphics, the ability to create your own content or any other technological feat. It is the people. (original).


Not all of my Second Life songs are parodies. Here are machinima for five of them that are not....

One of my most popular songs, this parody of the Cheech & Chong classic summarizes the Second Life experience quite nicely. It's annotated to explain what I'm actually singing about!

As amazing as Second Life is, it's the people behind the avatar that make it all worth while. This song is my way of thanking all those who have been my virtual friends...

As many of you know, Second Life allows you to reach a level of intimacy with another person that is beyond the physical. The wall of physicality that we carry with us in the real world gets set aside, exposing our hearts and minds. Such exposure can easily lead to wounds. This song tries to answer the question of how can someone whose virtual cause so much pain that is physical? It was made by my good friend chugabug midnight during the record breaking show from liam and chrissy's barcelona sim and is dedicated to....

Whenever I would bring anyone into SL, the first place I would show them was Svarga. Svarga was the center of artificial life in Second Life. Everything in the entire sim was created to be interdependent, from the clouds to the insects to the plants. You can read more about Svarga here, at New World Notes.

But Svarga, like Niko Donburi, is now a thing of SL lore. It no longer exists. Fortunately, I had filmed a machinima exploration of the sim, which does not do it justice but at least provides a glimpse at what many consider was the most incredible thing ever created in Second Life. This is a solo guitar composition written specifically for the machinima.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not include this one of Koryo. This is a parcel long donated to me as a music creation space from my best SL friend, Elwood Abernathy. When I am not performing live in Second Life I would often plug in and play here. Since this was my first machinima, you'll note I forgot to turn off my title. If you look closely, however, you'll see that I am listed as busy. Fitting, that. I had scoured the SL vendors and included as much artificial life on the parcel as possible, including weather effects, renewing flowers, butterflies, birds, insects, and, of course, my cat.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Well, due in no large part to confusion created by myself, Sunday's show didn't quite go out as planned. I was surprised, however, at the number of people who did turn up just for the show. Turns out it was just a dry run for this coming Sunday. Yes, we are going to try it again. 6 pm SL in Barcelona sim, on the beach.

Last Sunday I had planned to tell everyone all of the following but in the confusion of finding a new location, getting a stream (thanks Rocky!) and TPing everyone, sending out a notice to the group, AND playing and singing, I just plain forgot. So, here it is in print so as least I know that they are somewhere....

While are you are at the show, you are more than encouraged to take snapshots, video capture, audio capture, tweet, blog or do anything else creative to capture the mood. I will be mixing and compiling all such items provided to me in a machinima. So as to allow the greatest flexibility when it comes to the editing, I would ask that everyone read through the following ten items:

(1) set your environment settings to "dusk" or evening setting. I've asked Liam and Chrissy to put out torches, fires, etc so that we can have a cool location. It will be on the beach in Barcelona so a much more relaxed and "outdoor" setting than the Cafe.

(2) if you take snapshots or video capture, please don't get your UI unless it is absolutely necessary (that's you, Phoenixa!).

(3) the simplest way to get me the photos is to "send as postcard" to my email (nikodonburi @ You can also post them to your Flickr page, which I encourage, or download them to your computer (particularly if you want to photoshop them) and email or ftp them to me later. Please DON'T save them in your inventory as it will cost you L10 per photo. If you DO have any in your inventory you want to send me, that's fine, too. The free way is better, though!

(4) machinima will be mixed for posting to Youtube so record it in at least 15fps, preferably 30.

(5) I would ask those of you who are audio recording to be sure and record the ambient sounds, background sounds, etc. I am recording the actual music track so there is no need for you to do so (unless you want to, of course!). What doesn't get captured on my end are the sounds (clapping, ambient) that you all hear. Only the music. If you could, please get a couple of minutes of just ambient sounds without music for mixing.

(6) Those of you making machinima of your own who are looking for a great location for an event to happen, this is your night. Feel free to film your own event at my show. You are welcome to use the music, with attribution.

(7) By clicking on the TP button, slurl or LM that takes you to the show, you are expressly agreeing that your AV can be used in any works by any of the attendees for any purpose. That gives every attending resident the ability to use the resultant footage as they wish.

(8) Please bring a guest, dance balls, pose balls and whatever else.

(9) Feel free to grief, just don't be an asshole about it. Particle effects are particularly welcome.

(10) Any and all publicity is encouraged. That means blogs, tweets, email, notices, IMs or whatever else you can think of.

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