More classical music virtual reality

We're swimming in the stuff

Two more stunning videos confirm our theory that VR is a growing trend for classical

Last week we brought you a feature on five orchestras who have recently used virtual reality to get audiences into the concert hall. This week, we have an update: two more sensational videos that confirm our theory that VR is a bona fide trend for classical.

Violinist Tim Fain

Get ready to be stunned by Resonance: A Jump VR video from American violinist Tim Fain. In this music video directed by Jessica Brillhart, Fain plays the solo violin line of one of his own compositions amid a variety of intriguing backdrops.

We were blown away by the scope and quality of this VR experience, brought to life by Google Jump and GoPro Odyssey, a circular rig of 16 HERO4 Black cameras that capture stereoscopic, high-res 360° footage. This – and the excellent sound quality  really makes you feel transported to the video’s locations, each with its own unique acoustic.

The video is designed to be watched with Google Cardboard using the Android YouTube app; iOS compatibility is pending. We found you can enjoy it just fine on desktop and iOS platforms, though.

Berlin Konzerthausorchester/Iván Fischer

On 13 March, the Berlin Konzerthausorchester performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in the round, sitting in and around their audience. The performance was filmed from several angles (including one at the centre of the action shot in 360°) by the same people who filmed the Berlin Philharmonic in 360°, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute. We mentioned this VR project last week, but it has since been published online on the European online culture channel ARTE where you can watch it now for free.

Watch the Berlin Konzerthausorchester’s 360° performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on ARTE
Watch the Berlin Konzerthausorchester’s 360° performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on ARTE

Either sit near conductor Iván Fischer, viewing the action in 360°, or pick your favourite section to observe from a fixed angle. The sound, though of excellent quality, remains constant throughout so you won’t get a aural sense of what it was like to be in the room. It sounds great, though, and in 360° we recommend turning to observe the aspiring young conductor in the front row.

Do you know of any other classical musicians or organisations using virtual reality to capture or enhance their performances? Tell us about in the comments below.
By in , , , , , , ,
0 0 0 One comment
  1. Pingback: Virtual reality: now opera gets in on the act - Classical Music Reimagined

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *