Despite the idea that virtual and augmented reality is a purely visual experience, many companies are now accepting that sound plays a very important role in the development of the technology.
Because of its incredibly immersive nature, pretty much any experience can be built around a VR system, and those centred on music are no exception. One example is a company which launched a VR DJ school, where lessons such as beat matching and mixing techniques are taught by virtual instructors.
The potential overlap between VR and music is great for musicians, as it allows them to not only have other ways to promote their music, it also can create a more intimate relationship with their audience, who are provided with musical experiences that were previously inaccessible.
The music in the actual programmes themselves is changing as well. Developers are wising up to the notion that sound is vital to create an immersive atmosphere, and thus investing time into perfecting it. Console and PC games followed a similar path, to the point where now, famous composers such as Hans Zimmer lend their talents to video game sound track. It may not be long before similar names are creating VR experiences.
To show some of the way music and VR are linked, we have compiled a list of some of the best music centred VR experiences.
- Intone Sing
- Playthings Musical VR Playground
- The Weekend The Hills remix ft Eminem
- Harmonix Music Visualiser
- This Summer by Roomie
- Harmonix VR Rockband
- VR Amplify by Mbryonic
- SquarePusher Music Video