Cypress Rosewood

CYPRESS ROSEWOOD in “real life” is TONY GERBER, a space music artist/performer with over 55 recordings available and various music scores for documentary films, planetarium shows, like “Nine Planets and Counting” in RL and a soundtrack to the SL science exhibit on “Nanotubes” at Nanotechnology Island. His group, SPACECRAFT has scored music for films including Paramount Pictures “Vanilla Sky” starring Tom Cruise. They have performed live concerts in planetariums around the United States.
As Cypress Rosewood, Tony hosted a weekly radio show for 4 years on WRFN, Radio Free Nashville in the earlier SL years called “When Worlds Collide with Cypress Rosewood” which was simulcast in Second Life to a studio audience and features music and interviews with members of the Second Life arts and science community who discuss their SL experiences and how the two worlds interact. These shows are a time capsule documenting SL at it’s apex. For the past 12 years he has performed weekly for Ambient Sunday and is a regular DJ on RadioSpiral.net, the network his broadcasts stream on.
In Second Life CYPRESS was the first professional space musician to use the virtual world platform and has been a pioneer of live space and ambient music. He has performed thousands of SL concerts with his special brand of aural vibrations utilizing native flutes, synthesizers, guitars and more recently gongs, bowls, bells and chimes that can aid healing and relaxation. Cypress created the Space Music Museum that lasted 14 years before the sim had to be closed recently, alongside working on many other groundbreaking projects. He was also one of the primary designers for the first major music manufacturer on the SL grid, Gibson Music Instruments, building their “Gibson Island” opened in July of 2008. I
n 2020, Cypress is still active doing several hours of shows a week and works as a luthier and copper metalworks artist ,these days, in addition to the music in his real world.