Cyberworld Exhibitions of Sound

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World Music in Wonderland: Cape Breton

See below for navigation and other help. The underlying technology is very similar to Folkways in Wonderland.

World Music in Wonderland: Cape Breton (click "Launch" to download the jnlp file then double click that file to launch the program. Click "Login" when prompted - no password needed).

If double click does not work, try the following command on a terminal:


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Folkways in Wonderland

Note: FiW may be only intermittently available for the time being - stay tuned! (18 July 2016)

Folkways in Wonderland (FiW) is (cyber [world) music], an immersive, collaborative virtual reality environment facilitating a new way to browse curated music of the world. FiW users are represented by avatars inhabiting a giant cylindrical map, in which a carefully curated selection of geotagged Smithsonian Folkways track segments are embedded as virtual speakers generating spatial sound. Users can navigate freely, listen to tracks together, browse metadata, communicate with one another via text or voice chat, or enjoy preprogrammed tours.

FiW is built with Open Wonderland, a 100% Java open source toolkit for creating collaborative 3D virtual worlds. To run FiW you must install Java on your computer.

Running Folkways in Wonderland:

  • Click here to access the FiW page.
  • Then click the "Launch" button to download the file Wonderland.jnlp.
  • Make sure you have Java (versions 7 or 8) is installed, and that “” is added to your Java Security > Exception List.
  • Then double-click Wonderland.jnlp to download and run the FiW cyberworld client on your computer. Note that the first time you run Wonderland, it will take a while for the application to download.
  • You will be asked to log in. Your username will become your name in the virtual world. No password is required.


  • Click on your avatar, then use the up and down arrow keys (or W and S) to move forward and backward, or page up and down (fn arrow on a Mac) to move up and down (hold down shift to run). Use the left and right arrow keys (or A and D) to step left or right.
  • Scroll to zoom in and out, and control-drag to look around.
  • Change your view by using the View menu to select a camera type.
  • Use the Tools menu to determine whether Collision or Gravity is enabled (if not you can move through solid objects or defy gravity).
  • The Help menu provides additional resources, or consult the Useful Links below.

Useful Links

Articles and academic papers

These projects are a collaboration between Professor Michael Cohen and doctoral student Rasika Ranaweera at the University of Aizu, Professor Michael Frishkopf and folkwaysAlive! at the University of Alberta, Smithsonian Folkways at the Smithsonian Institution, and (for World Music in Wonderland) Professor Marcia Ostashewski at Cape Breton University.