A Ground-breaking Virtual Reality Music Video Concept & Technique
Director Greg Barth and Phenomena Labs produced a revolutionary 360 degree virtual reality video, “THE FUTURE OF MUSIC”, that immerses the audience in a surrealist musical space.
In the VR video, we follow a fictitiously famous music producer, Carré Bleu, who can modulate time, space and gravity to create the music of the future. In this mockumentary interview, Bleu introduces us to a new range of futuristic human instruments used to create revolutionary sounds for the music artist Polar Youth, and each of these human instruments is an actual human turned into a gravity-defying “GIF-strument”
Best viewing recommendation is to use the YouTube or Google Cardboard app on IOS and Android. You can move around to explore the space with your phone, but is more recommend to view with an iPad. You can also watch on your desktop or laptop with Google Chrome using the cursor to navigate.
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Simple Guide on How To Watch and Interact W/ YouTube 360 Degree Video
YouTube supports playback of 360 videos from the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. Safari is not supported.
From mobile and tablets
To watch and interact with YouTube 360 videos, be sure to you have updated your device with the latest version of the app. For viewing YouTube videos, you will want to copy the video title name. Then open the YouTube app, and paste into the search box.
For an immersive experience, you can watch 360 degree videos with Cardboard via the YouTube app. Once the 360 video is launched, simply click the Cardboard icon on the lower right corner and insert phone into the Cardboard.
360 Video Real-Time Live Stitcher In Touch Designer
Vancouver Canada based Phenomena Labs developed a real-time live stitcher in ToucherDesigner, using the lens distortion matrix from PTGui. The 360 video environment was created with live stitched video composites with recorded stitched video.
A custom TouchDesigner setup was made to handle real-time stitching where different takes could be layered on top of each other, so the director was able to view results immediately on the set with a pair of DK2 to ensure performance accuracy of the actors. The footage was filmed with a custom camera rig consisting of two rib-caged GoPros with Entaniya fisheye lenses.
Most 360 music videos we see nowadays do not come close to the level of cleverness, and it makes me wonder what the Director was on when he came up with this production idea, but it’s purely genius work! Imagine laying your tracks in Ableton Live, but instead of manipulating waveforms and nobs, instead we play around with human “GIF-struments.” I really wish to make my ex-gf into a head banging induced snare drum, jk : )