VR Jam Spotlight: Tana Pura Visualises The Afterlife in VR

Virtual reality (VR) can be used to transport players to almost anywhere that a developer’s mind can create. Players can be whisked away to exotic travel locations and even visit alien planets. In the case of Tana Pura, the technology can even be used bring viewers into an interpretation of the moments after death. This unique project is one of the entries in the ongoing Mobile VR Jam for the Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD).


Developed by Mike Tucker, Tana Pura is entered in the Experiences and Apps track of the Jam, which is hosted by Oculus VR. The piece is an audio-visual experience that ‘explores the moments following death, and the transition of the souls into the afterlife’. Tucker cites inspirations such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead and The Psychedelic Experience in creating the title.

“The title of the piece, Tana Pura, is inspired directly by an instrument in the piece called a Tanpura,” Tucker explains in his official entry page. “Tana refers to the style of music, whereas Pura translates to “complete.” The visual narrative shows an abstract evolution from dissonance to a sensation of completion.”

Tucker is keeping a development blog for Tana Pura over on the official Oculus VR forums. As part of the Apps track of the VR Jam, the developer hopes to secure a grand prize of $100,000 USD, with runner up prizes consisting of $50,000, $30,000 and $10,000. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all entries into the VR Jam, reporting back with the latest updates.