The fusion of virtual reality (VR) and music is one that has become increasingly common. With artists and groups such as Bjork and The Gorillaz taking advantage of the opportunities offered by VR. Now American electronic rock band LCD Soundsystem have announced a VR collaboration for its new single ‘Tonite’.
The VR collaboration, titled Dance Tonite, was created as a virtual dance party. The viewer goes between virtual rooms, viewing the dance performances created by LCD Soundsystem fans. All choreography used in the project was created by fans and recorded using room-scale VR set-ups. Fans used head-tracking and controller motion tracking to record the movement used in the performances.
Each performer in the Dance Tonite VR experience is represented by an abstract object, such as a cone or a pair of cylinders. This shows that individuality of movement and style is still present, even when rendered down to such a basic form. The constraints were devised as a way to encourage creativity and dare participants to do something different.
Dance Tonite can view viewed using a Google Daydream headset, on a browser as a 360-degree video, or for users who have a full room-scale VR set up such as a HTC Vive, they can add their own dance performance to the party.
The Dance Tonite experience was realised using the WebVR open VR standard that allows users to view VR content over a web browser. The experience was created by artists Jonathan Puckey and Moniker in collaboration with the Data Arts Team.
A making of video for Dance Tonite is available to view below.
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