Virtual reality is increasing in popularity in areas including gaming, medicine, training, and entertainment (like concerts and shows). Today we are going to talk about virtual reality during a live concert.
June 3rd and 4th, 2017 Angel City Chorale had a spectacular performance. One of the ways they entertained their audience was by bringing them into the world of virtual reality. A very talented VR artist Gary Villarreal created a virtual reality masterpiece during a live concert, bringing audience into worlds of 3D digital landscapes. With the help of an artist, audience was able to dive deep into each particular piece the Chorale and the orchestra played. There were 6 different pieces, and Gary embraced the essence of each piece, reflecting it in a virtual reality “painting.” The combination of sounds — the orchestra, the choir, the words, — and the virtual reality images all made the performance more colorful and unforgettable.
Virtual Reality, Music and Concerts
Virtual Reality (“VR”) is the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors. VR was first introduced in 1994 and it was intended for the development of "virtual worlds," without dependency on headsets. Today, the technology is better, and now there are at least 230 companies developing VR-related products and using these products in different spheres including live performances and concerts.
VR has the possibility of changing how we view live music by allowing the audience to be right up in front of bands, or to attend virtual concerts. Virtual reality can also transform music videos by making them more intense and powerful. Bringing a VR artist to a live concert and letting them create right there on the spot makes it even more entertaining, plus you might have an opportunity to visit or even purchase the piece at the end of the show.
We asked Gary to share his story and what he thinks about Virtual Reality in relation to concerts and art.
YA (YourchestraApp): How did you get into the VR world and VR painting?
GV (Gary Villarreal): I got into the VR industry through a friend. He needed a Concept Artist and I got the position. At first, I painted in VR with Tilt Brush a year ago, which I believe at the time, was the only one available. Now you can find Graffiti VR painting and sculpting [by Kingspray].
YA: Is there anything specific about VR that you really like?
GV: What I find most intriguing is having the ability to paint in space and being able to interact with my work. This could not be achievable with a 2D drawing.
YA: How did you like the experience of VR painting during live concert and how did it impact you?
GV: Performing live was something that I’ve never done before and to be honest never imagined doing. I was extremely nervous, but I would rather have done this, than to regret that I having done it. This also gave me the opportunity to meet amazing people, which I’m all about.
YA: How do you think the VR can impact art, music and concerts in the future?
GV: I believe that VR will alter music, concerts, and art by enabling the viewer to immerse themselves in the work of the artist. This, however, could only be achieved if the audience wears the gear, which at the moment, is quite expensive. So, I think this field will gain traction once the hardware will be more affordable.
You can find Gary by visiting his Facebook page at Villarrte.
Find out more about Gary’s work visit Instagram Villarrte, ArtStation GaryVillarreal and Scetchfab Villarrte.
Not Just For Bands, Singer Songwriters, Venues, and Theater Productions
One of the cool uses for the Yourchestra App is to have the audience play one of the tracks. A new piece called "A Vibration" by is a showcase example for how to do that. For those choral directors among you who are interested, here is the musical spec sheet for the piece.
To find out more about A Vibration Details: Duration, Difficulty, Arrangements, Vocal Ranges visit AVibration Facebook page here.
Some of the things that make this piece different and exciting for the chorus repertoire:
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Last year scientists announced that they detected a new kind of vibration that Albert Einstein had predicted 100 years ago: gravity waves. These waves pass through us, imperceptibly stretching and shrinking everything as they ripple by.
Just a few days ago on June 1st, 2017 the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the 3rd-ever detection of gravitational waves, generated by the tremendously energetic mergers of a pair of black holes. These are collisions that produce more power in a couple of seconds than is radiated by all the stars and galaxies in the universe during those seconds. The recent detection appears to be the farthest yet, with the black holes located about 3 billion light-years away.
As mentioned during the June premiere show about this piece, “In a way, we are all connected through these “ripples” in space. Each of us are like those vibrations, affecting everyone around us, sending our own ripples through our communities. We are all connected.”
A Vibration features actual gravitational wave data, as well as other interplanetary and interstellar data, converted into sound. This is a piece that celebrates the connection between everything in the universe.
“Everything can be thought of beginning as a vibration, and as existing as a vibration too.” - Andrew Cheeseman
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June 3rd and 4th 2017 The Angel City Chorale held an amazing interactive performance in a beautiful space here in Los Angeles. It was unforgettable, beautiful, and inspiring.
The show’s producers employed several interactive and audience engagement approaches at the concert: including a flash mob, humor, sing-alongs with the performers, live virtual reality painting, and our favorite: the audience using YourchestraApp on their mobile phones during the concert.
ACC has always been known for its fresh, spontaneous approach to choral performance.
This time the concert was even more entertaining and breathtaking. The theme was to break down the barriers between the performer and audience and it was called “Interactive: An Imaginative Multidimensional Event” which featured a world-premiere “AVibration composed by Andrew Cheeseman. It was a one-of-a-kind production that was fused with cyberspace sounds.
Check out more about Angel City Chorale visit https://angelcitychorale.org/ and AVibration page here