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.