Watching a normal broadcast of a concert is fine but it can never truly convey the experience of being there, in the audience surrounded by hundreds of people. So to bridge that gap event organisers at the Future Classic’s 10th anniversary concert at the Sydney Opera House have recorded the event with 360 degree video cameras to enable anyone to enjoy part of the experience.
As Tonedeaf reports, fans of Future Classic who went to the show, or those unable, can now experience one of the crowd favourite performances of Flight Facilities rendition of ‘Heart Attack’ featuring Owl Eyes and Julian Hamilton of the Presets in immersive virtual reality (VR). The 360 degree VR video can be viewed via a compatible browser and controlled with a mouse or the WASD keys, it can also be viewed on a smartphone with the YouTube app for the 360 degree experience. If you own a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) you can view the video through the YouTube app for a more immersive experience.
Ben Marshall, Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music said in a statement: “The FCX outdoor moments celebrating 10 years of the mighty Future Classic label were a big deal for Vivid LIVE and the Opera House. We wanted to find a way to capture them and recent developments in virtual reality made that possible.” Ben Marshall, Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music.
The full experience is only available at Sydney Opera House special events using the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Gear VR HMD. VRFocus will continue to follow all announcements relating to VR and report back.