Viacom launches musical VR experience

Jack Ridsdale

By Jack Ridsdale

April 11th 2017 at 10:03AM
UPDATED April 11th 2017 at 11:50AM
Viacom launches musical VR experience

The 'virtual album' was created in collaboration with artist Hot Sugar and is available on HTC Vive.

Viacom has released a unique VR music experience for the HTC Vive, in the form of The Melody of Dust, a musical gaming experience created by multidisciplinary artist Nick Koenig (aka Hot Sugar).

Dubbed a “new art form” by Rolling Stone, this immersive exploration of sight and sound has players discover and unlock more than 80 original melodies hidden within objects found in an animated castle. Together, the melodies form a kind of VR album shaped by the unique gameplay. A self-titled “soundtrack” by Hot Sugar is also available on iTunes and Spotify in conjunction with its release.

“The atmospheric fantasy world in The Melody of Dust allows you to confirm that any object in the universe is a musical instrument, whether we know how to play it or not,” said Koenig.

The release of The Melody of Dust follows its March 14th world premiere at the SXSW Virtual Cinema in Austin, Texas.

“The Melody of Dust truly is the first of its kind deconstructed VR music experience,” said Chaki Ng, SVP Viacom NEXT, Viacom’s research and development arm for emerging entertainment technologies. “We believe this is a glimpse of what the future of music could look and feel like as you literally step into the mind of a musician and create your own score.”