The Virtual Orchestra on Playstation VR

The Virtual Orchestra on Playstation VR
The Philharmonia Orchestra and Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen today announce the next stage of their project to develop virtual reality as a medium for orchestral music, with an app release on the PlayStationVR platform and a return to Southbank Centre with The Virtual Orchestra experience.

The Virtual Orchestra, created in a partnership between the Philharmonia Orchestra, Southbank Centre, London-based VR specialists Inition and music publishers Music Sales, will be the first app from a symphony orchestra to be released on the PlayStation PSVR platform. The Orchestra worked closely with INITION and Sony’s R&D teams to create this first VR film, one of the highest-quality full-360 3D stereoscopic video and spatial audio live-action VR films yet to be released.

The presentation, featuring the Philharmonia at Southbank Centre in full 3D audio and 3D video will be released as two apps on the PlayStationVR store: Preview (£0.99) and Premium (£2.99). The premium version is a 14-minute experience, and features a backstage documentary film followed by a full performance – conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen – of the third movement of Symphony No. 5 by Jean Sibelius, on-stage at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, said:
'The incredible power of virtual reality is that it is disappointing to leave it - to come back to reality. There is no doubt that for classical music virtual reality will be a very powerful, useful medium, and I am very excited to be taking part in this project.'

Read the full press release from the Philharmonia Orchestra here.

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