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Björk to Release World’s First VR Album With HTC Vive

There have been quite a few instances of music videos being released in virtual reality (VR), and even a visualiser that lets users sit inside of the colours and shapes their music creates. Now Björk has shown commitment to music within VR as she has announced today that she will release an album in VR, and she will be the first in the world to do it.

The Icelandic artist is to launch the VR Album Exhibition on the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) and it will be tied in with her world tour. There will be a collection of different experiences unique and made for each of the tracks taken from Björk’s album, Vulnicura. In the VR version of the track Notget, there is a visual combination of 3D scans made with an on-location holostudio, as well as motion capture and videogrammetry – 3D filming. As for the sound, there is a real-time audio design that surrounds the user, bringing them into her performance. What the user will experience in the finished product is a mix of particles, colour, light and sound, which are all open for exploration with the Vive’s room-scale ability.

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As she starts out at the Vivid Festival in Sydney there will be a chance for attendees to try out the number of VR experiences as Björk will feature as a DJ on the night. Fans can experience both the live performance as well as the “deep connection” that can be experienced using VR as they are all given a ticket to the VR Album Exhibition. The tracks listed on the experience include Stonemilker, Black Lake, Mouth Mantra, Notget, and there is an app room to explore an educational app created by the singer to teach kids about science, nature, and music: Biophila.

“With Vive we are focused on bringing a fully immersive experience to our users, and this partnership with Björk felt like a really natural fit,” said Rikard Steiber SVP Virtual Reality at HTC.

The Björk Digital tour, including the HTC Vive, will start tomorrow at the Vivid Festical in Sydney.

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