Our virtual world is an island in the shape a tongue. Upon it
rises a rocky tableland or mesa: an open book whose pages are geological
strata. The mesa inclines gradually in the direction of the tip
of the tongue. Upon it rest two massive stone figures of a man and
a woman, eroded by time. The meadow between the figures is populated
by much smaller partial human figures, one for each of the 48 brief
songs in the Fools Paradise song cycle. Pathways across the hillside
connect the figures into a network whose underlying topology is
a source for the musical materials.
Water flows from under the figures and converges into a stream
that flows down the mesa and tumbles over the edge to flow to the
tip of the island/tongue and into the surrounding sea. The water
speaks in a confused murmur that clarifies into music when the participant/performer
approaches and activates one of the 48 figures.
In the high end of the mesa a cave opens out onto a bracken slope.
From the cave, steps mount to the top of the mesa.