MelodyVR strikes exclusive 5G deal with UK telco O2
Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR has announced its latest partnership: telco Telefonica UK, and its O2 operator. It’s all relating to the launch of its faster 5G network. MelodyVR has been signed on as “the exclusive...
October 17, 2019
VR/AR startup Jaunt sells its software and tech to Verizon
Jaunt was one of the first virtual-reality content startups to make waves in the modern VR-headset era, including with music. We first wrote about the company in November 2014, for example, when Jaunt worked with Sir Paul...
October 1, 2019
Facebook reveals new plans for social VR (oh, and AR too)
With Amazon’s blizzard of new-product announcements, not to mention the political ructions going on in the US, Facebook’s Oculus division’s OC6 developer conference might have struggled for attention. It’s...
September 26, 2019
Sandbox Issue 236: Power Plays. THE NEXT STEP FOR PLAYLISTS
Lead: Playlists are still enormously important for breaking acts and for building careers – but they are increasingly a moving target that gets harder and harder to hit. As they change what they are, how they work and what...
September 23, 2019
Tencent hints at plans for AI-generated music and virtual idols
There are some interesting signals coming out of the All That Matters conference about what Tencent Music might be up to next. AI-music being one of them. Billboard reports on comments made by CEO Cussion Pang about how...
September 20, 2019
MelodyVR to launch a music-VR subscription later this year
How is that brave new world of musical virtual-reality doing? The latest financial results from startup MelodyVR offer some clues, as well as news of the company’s plans to shift from a a-la-carte pricing to a subscription...
September 19, 2019
Billie Eilish to play a virtual-reality gig in Oculus Venues
Billie Eilish is the latest artist playing a concert that will be streamed in virtual reality. The gig will take place on 3 September in Madrid, and then later that evening will be broadcast in Facebook’s ‘Oculus Venues’...
August 27, 2019
Lindsey Stirling to perform a virtual concert using startup Wave
Music Ally was interested early in TheWaveVR: in 2016 it was one of the first wave of music-focused virtual-reality startups, and it had some good ideas about doing more than just filming concerts in 360 degrees. Since then...
August 22, 2019
VRJam launches crowdfunding campaign for its AR/VR music tech
Music Ally wrote about startup VRJam in April, when it was trying to raise $500k of seed funding for a technology offering live ‘XR’ streams of music performances in virtual AND augmented reality. Now the company has...
July 31, 2019
Sandbox issue 232: Music Marketing in Trigger Cities
Lead: This issue we have a special extended feature looking into the phenomenon of Trigger Cities. These are places outside of the obvious music markets that are now – due to streaming and how algorithms are fed – playing...
July 11, 2019
MelodyVR reveals content-licensing deal with Facebook
It’s a busy time for music-VR startup MelodyVR, with its smartphone app having just launched. Now it has announced an intriguing content-licensing deal… with Facebook. “The agreement will see MelodyVR’s content...
July 5, 2019
Monstercat to hold weekly virtual-reality music events
Independent dance label Monstercat has been one of the more forward-thinking when it comes to gaming: witness its partnership with Psyonix, the developer of popular cars-play-football game Rocket League. Now Monstercat is...
July 4, 2019