TheWaveVR specialises in social musical experiences for virtual reality (VR) users, having previously showcased artists such as TOKiMONSTA, Ash Koosha, and, The Glitch Mob. Today, TheWaveVR has announced that Grammy award-winning artist Imogen Heap will be performing on the platform with holographic concert tomorrow.
Heap will perform songs including unreleased Frou Frou track and an entirely new mix of Hide and Seek. The performance takes place at Imogen’s home studio in London and sees her wearing her MI:MU gloves – wireless sensor-enabled gloves which create and perform music through movement and gesture.
“From my first talks with TheWaveVR, that as it happened were in VR, I knew I wanted to get involved in this project. With my three year old daughter’s future in mind, it excites me how, through virtual reality, we are already able to connect in a more human way, even when time and place would have it otherwise,” said Imogen in a statement. “Having my fans experience a musical performance from within the welcoming walls of my family home, in addition to a song that Guy Sigsworth and I have not yet released, brings a whole new dimension to connecting and communicating for me. For those who are unable to be there in person during my world tour, it’s also a trio of songs and their arrangements that can be enjoyed in a completely unique way and hopefully, as emotionally engaging. The team has created something both beautiful and inspiring and I hope that this is just the beginning of what is to come from our adventures.”
To make the hologram of Heap TheWaveVR worked with volumetric capture company Depth Kit to record her likeness, creating a virtual version of Imogen’s home where visitors can experience visuals as environments which evolve to the sounds of the music.
To watch Heap’s concert download TheWaveVR’s free app for HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, on Steam and Oculus Home, then tune in Friday, 31st August at 7:00 p.m. BST, with a second showing at 7pm PST. The broadcast will also be live on TheWaveVR and Imogen Heap’s Facebook pages.
Heap will launch her Mycelia tour next month taking place at Music Tech Fest in Stockholm on 3rd September. it’ll then head to Barcelona, Copenhagen, Oslo, Lisbon, Milan, Prague, Reykjavic, Istanbul and Helsinki, with 34 more shows planned throughout 2019 in other European cities, in Asia Pacific and in North and South America. For the latest update on TheWaveVR, keep reading VRFocus.