Watching A Violinist in Virtual Reality – Yay or Nay?

(By Matthew James)

Well with the introduction of VR cardboard glasses and Google/Youtube 360, it was bound to happen for an orchestra…or a classical musician to create a 360 video. ┬áViolinist Tim Fain takes the first step in doing so with his 360 video showing his “musical journey.” Literally.

The video showcases violinist Fain, performing his own new work, for solo violin and orchestra entitled Resonance with Eric Jacobsen (of Brooklyn Rider) conducting a group of some of the finest musicians in New York City.

It’s not particularly exciting but the video does make good use Youtube’s 360 effect without any of the vomit coasters that most 360 videos are accustomed to. The piece itself is very well-written and properly more deserving of its own stand-alone 2D video.

While this marks baby steps in the world of VR, Fain’s attempt at virtual reality marks a gigantic leap for classical musicians in taking risks in new media. Hopefully others in the alt.classical space will be inspired in creating new visual videos using VR technology to capture new audiences in the tech space.

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