Sony is starting to make the synergies between its music and tech/gaming arms count, launching a new virtual-reality app for the PlayStation VR headset based on classical musician Joshua Bell. The Sony-signed artist was filmed in 360 degrees performing Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1 in the studio.
The twist here being rendering the venue in 3D, and the use of positional tracking and audio, so that fans using the app can move around within the virtual environment, rather than just watching the performance from a single point.
The resulting app is called the Joshua Bell VR Experience, and has been made available for free on Sony’s PlayStation Store. The project is another step towards understanding how live music performances might be filmed for VR, as well as experimenting with making the resulting experiences more engaging for viewers.
Sony says its VR group in the UK has been “researching new techniques for filming live events, particularly with music”, so we think other Sony Music artists could be in line for similar experiments in the coming months.