Virtual reality (VR) technology has hundreds of potential applications with music. In the recent past we’ve seen head-mounted display’s (HMD) been used to put people on-stage with bands, pay tribute to historic acts and even offer unique new visualizers and videogames. However English indie rock band The Indelicates are trying something entirely new with VR technology this week, releasing the very first VR pop single for their song ‘The Generation That Nobody Explains’.
Simply put, this experience provides listeners immersive environment to listen to the song using the Oculus Rift HMD. Players will be able to look around these virtual worlds, interacting with some objects. There are three scenes in total, each with differing control schemes due to the different situations that listeners will find themselves in. The experience can be controlled using an Xbox 360 gamepad and is compatible with the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2).
As developer and band guitarist Simon Indelicate explains in the title’s description: “The idea is to release downloadable music files bundled with VR environments within which the music is designed to be listened to – recapturing some of the magic of the HMV listening booth or the bedroom record player and bringing music back out from the background – while adding emotional weight with short narrative experiences that mesh with and enhance the songs. Something like that anyway – like everyone, I’m still trying to figure this stuff out.”