Violinist Lindsey Stirling Performing a Live Virtual Concert on August 26 Using Wave
Launched in 2016, the interactive livestream concert platform Wave (previously TheWaveVR) was one of the first music-focused VR startups. It has richer functionality and offers music enthusiasts much more than simply the filming concerts in 360 degrees. The startup has since raised more $2.5 million in funding along with another $6 million. It has also worked with some high-profile artists along the way such as The Glitch Mob who have helped evolve the technology.
The latest act to use TheWaveVR is the critically acclaimed and award-winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling who will be collaborating with the platform to create a groundbreaking live virtual reality concert to be held on Monday August 26th at 12pm PST or 3pm EST.
Lindsey Stirling’s fame grew out of her interpretations of some of the most popular videogame music on YouTube as well as for her unusual crossover pieces where she mixes her violin sounds with the rock, hip-hop beats and electronic music. She does tours and fills halls and her YouTube channel has already amassed billions of views.
With such success already under her cap, it is quite remarkable that she’s planning her first VR live concert show. Her decision to use Wave will no doubt boost the platform’s fortunes. The platform will give her a virtual replica of a real club while allowing the event to fully leverage all the effects that are realizable in the virtual world.
The live concert takes place on August 26th (next Monday) and Stirling’s avatar will be performing in the music VR platform. In her Wave performance, Stirling will be rendered in the form of a life-like avatar on a virtual stage. Her real movements will be recorded in real-time through full-body tracking which will subsequently be transferred to her digital image. This will enable her to create music and dance virtually via her avatar just like she would on a real stage.
Stirling will be playing pieces from her new album “Artemis”. She will also be playing the song “Guardian” for the first time.
I'M GOING TO BE AN AVATAR! (no, not like the movie) I've teamed up with @TheWaveXR to put on a virtual show for you guys on 8/26! I'll be performing songs from my upcoming album #Artemis including some songs you haven’t heard yet!! Streaming & VR options: https://t.co/Fz2G2rlCQ8 pic.twitter.com/pHC6oOnIBI
— Lindsey Stirling (@LindseyStirling) August 20, 2019
Fans have been promised a “direct, mysterious and surprise interactions” during the event. There will also be the option for Stirling’s fans to purchase exclusive merchandise based on the live concert’s visuals.
Additionally, the concert won’t be limited to owners of Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets that have downloaded the Wave app. The event will also be streamed online via Lindsey Stirling’s Facebook and YouTube profiles along with the Wave’s Twitch channel.
If you own any PC VR headset, you can download Wave for free at Steam or Oculus Store to attend the virtual concert.
In spite of her foray into an immersive experience, YouTube still remains Stirling’s lead platform. She has more than 12 million subscribers on that platform which could be a massive boost for her audience. This concert and the wide reach it is expected to have will also help Wave get its experiences out in the open beyond the small niche VR-centric community of VR headset owners. It’s a strategy which has also been used by the other music VR app, Melody VR, which recently launched a normal smartphone app to help it expand its reach beyond the VR experience.
Join @LindseyStirling for a live, interactive and virtual performance to celebrate her #Artemis album and unveil the world premiere of her single #Guardian
8/26 12PM PThttps://t.co/d8wJxF6Kek pic.twitter.com/Ethoet98IU
— w a v e (@TheWaveXR) August 20, 2019