Virtual reality (VR) is slowly changing the way we approach games and video content, but what about music? Given that music is largely an auditory experience, we’re sure some of you might be wondering how VR might fit into it, but if you think about live concerts where there are light shows, fireworks, dancers, and so on, sometimes enjoying music is both a visual and auditory process.
This is why artists such as Bjork have created music in VR, and it seems that artist Nick Koenig (aka Hot Sugar) has thrown his hat into the ring as well. Dubbed “The Melody of Dust”, this is a new project by Koenig that is coproduced by Viacom NEXT and is expected to premiere at SXSW this week. It is basically a music video created in VR which is interactive at the same time.
Instead of you the listener just standing there, you get to interact with the various objects around you, with each object producing a different tone. After which a vortex will open up in the VR world and you will then toss in these various objects. Every three objects you throw in produces a different melody, and at the end you will get a song.
Koenig apparently recorded 87 different songs due to the various possible combinations, so in a way it’s kind of like those “Choose your adventure” games, or in this case it would be “Choose your song”. It is an interesting approach to combining both music and VR together, but whether or not this is a medium that artists and musicians will adopt in the future remains to be seen.