REZZ to put on VR concert for fans in addition to ‘Beyond The Senses’ tour

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REZZ to put on VR concert for fans in addition to ‘Beyond The Senses’ tourRezz Red Rocks Full Set Stream 1

REZZ riled her cult with a brand new EP announcement, Beyond The Senses, and its first single “Dark Age” just before EDC 2019 hit. As it turns out, new music wasn’t the only exciting news up her sleeve. She’ll soon be hitting the road on an extensive world tour by the same name—and throwing a virtual reality concert on top of that.

Beyond The Senses is perhaps REZZ’ most ambitious project to date, in a multimedia sense. Each of its tracks was made alongside a VR counterpart, courtesy of The Wave XR and Strangeloop. On July 23, each of the EP’s VR worlds will be brought together for a stream of the concert that any fan can join into/.

The rest of the Beyond The Senses tour includes several major festivals across the European circuit, in addition to stops in North America cities like San Francsisco, New York, and her iconic (and sold out) REZZ Rocks date. It kicks off on July 12, right in time for the EP release on July 24.

Tour Dates:

July 12, 2019 – Le Barcarès, France – Electrobeach Festival
July 13, 2019 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival
July 14, 2019 – Split, Croatia – Ultra Europe
August 23, 2019 – Nürburg, Germany – New Horizons Festival
August 24, 2019 – Daresbury, England – Creamfields
August 25, 2019 – London, UK – South West Four
September 22, 2019 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
September 27, 2019 – Magna, UT – Great Saltair *
September 28, 2019 – Las Vegas, NV – Thomas and Mack Center *
October 11, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre *
October 12, 2019 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic *
October 18, 2019 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met *
October 31, 2019 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory *
November 8, 2019 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple *

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REZZ signals new EP with smoldering new single, ‘Dark Age’

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REZZ signals new EP with smoldering new single, ‘Dark Age’Rezz 2017 Cr Bryan Dellosa Billboard 1548

Canadian spider queen of unearthly mid-tempo, REZZ is ushering in news of a brand new EP with an ominous-as-ever offering, “Dark Age.”

The impending EP, entitled Beyond The Senses, is due July 24, with a number of featured guests on the six-track roster, including repeat sonic accomplice, Deathpact. The multi-track release supersedes her Certain Kind Of Magic LP of 2018 and Mass Manipulation album of the year before, both housed by mau5trap. However, the forthcoming EP will receive an AWAL issue.

“This EP exudes more depth in my songs’ melody and structure,”
REZZ said in a recent release. “It also introduces new types of vocals which I haven’t worked with in the past.”

Beyond The Senses will prove empirically enticing on all cylinders, with each track bringing with it a virtual reality component, hosted through The Wave XR and Strangeloop.

The new low-lit single serves as a cogent harbinger for the EP itself, as it echoes REZZ’s longstanding affinity for witchy fellow Canadian act, Metric, with its haunting guitar interludes and balefully ominous allure. REZZ’s irrefutable charm lies in her ability to oscillate between ostensibly tender synth displays and striking bass, with equally impactful rhythmic arrangements.

REZZ is set to hit the ground running May 18 at EDC Las Vegas with droves of new music in tow. The new EP is available for pre-order through Apple Music, here.

Photo Credit: Bryan Dellosa

H/t: Billboard

Chromeo will stream their album launch party from NYC’s Terminal 5 in VR

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At long last, Chromeo have shared their fifth studio album, Head Over HeelsAn ode to all things disco, the album explores the sub-genres of funk — roping in synth pop, sultry R&B, and nu-disco sensibilities into a retro-inspired dance record built for the 21st century dance fan. And while Chromeo have always maintained a creative affinity for vintage stylings, Dave1 and P-Thugg are celebrating their newest release in the most contemporary way. Can’t make it out to New York’s iconic Terminal 5 for the album’s live debut? No problem — cut a rug from the comfort of your own living room.

In conjunction with Oculus Venues, the Funklordz will live stream their performance in VR for fans across the world to enjoy. The show will air tonight (June 15) at 9:30pm EST/6:50pm PST, broadcasting Chromeo’s newest material from Terminal 5, replete with all the visuals, lights, and sounds of a full concert experience. Head Over Heels, the duo’s first full-length project since 2014’s White Womenfeatures contributions from DRAM, The-Dream, French Montana, and more is available now via Big Beat Records.

New technology allows users to ‘feel’ objects present in augmented reality

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As virtual reality progresses and proliferates, a variety of tech startups have begun experimenting with the applications that VR might have on senses other than just sight.

One such disruptive technology has been brought forward by Ultrahaptics, that uses ultrasonic waves to allows users to “feel” and “touch” objects that are present in virtual reality landscapes, but physically absent.

The new tech was introduced to audiences in Berlin, Germany, where Ultrahpatics’ CTO Tom Carter fittingly demonstrated how the technology could make users feel Star Wars’ famous Jedi “force,” synced to a lightsaber sound and animation of crackling energy on a poster for the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

While the idea is still under development, Carter envisions the technology to have extensive use in the automobile industry, especially in delivering non-distracting information to vehicle drivers.

H/T: TechCrunch

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The Glad Scientist releases album made entirely in VR

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Ever wonder what it would be like to peer over the top of Mount Everest? What about walking through a tribal village in the year 3600 B.C? VR has the power to do just that —through technology, programmers allow users to perceive distinct realities through the lens of their own subjective consciousness. It was only a matter of time before electronic musicians began to get their hands on VR technologies and utilize it in increasingly innovative ways. For instance, LCD Soundsystem recently previewed the launch of their new VR experience, ‘Dance Tonite’ and Boiler Room and Google have partnered on their very own VR nightclub.

On the release of their debut album, バーチャルボーイ(Virtualboy), The Glad Scientist experiments with the foundational aspects of VR music production — navigating a technologically constructed space in order to create masterful electronic tracks. Over seven full length tracks, The Glad Scientist constructs unique sonic worlds with distinct personalities, each with their own characteristic texture. Some tracks are ethereal and airy — full of ambiance — others offer moody techno sequences that grow increasingly complex, ultimately fizzing into a droning haze. The Glad Scientist’s debut VR album is an audacious effort to fuse VR capabilities with EDM production, and the final outcome reflects their noteworthy artistic ingenuity.

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Dance along to LCD Soundsystem on new VR experience ‘Dance Tonite’

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LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy is consistently finding new ways to re-invent his body of work. He’s just announced a partnership with Amsterdam-based design studios and Google’s data arts team for an abstract interactive video experience for the band’s latest single “tonite.”

“Dance Tonite,” as the VR experience is dubbed, was produced with WebVR, a technology used to develop VR experiences for the web. Taking its form as a website where anyone who visits with a capable device — computer, phone or VR headset — can switch to VR mode where the experience can be enjoyed as either a spectator or participant.

With room-scale VR like the HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift, the viewer becomes the performer. Without VR, they’re in the audience getting a bird’s eye view perspective of others interacting.

“I’m not naturally collaborative and I’m not naturally interested in technology. I’m a loner and a luddite,” James Murphy said of the project. “If there’s a project that impels me to collaborate based on technology and it seems interesting, I’ll try it because it gets me out of my comfort zone…The uncanniness of the Dance Tonite experience is super entertaining and weird, and I really enjoy it.”

Learn more about the making of the project or experience it for yourself here.

H/T: Stereogum

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