For the launch of Beatie Wolfe's album, Raw Space, Design I/O developed a cutting-edge, modern take on the album concept by developing a seven-day live streaming VR experience for the record as it played from the Nokia Bell Labs anechoic chamber, one of the most sonically isolated spaces in the world. Raw Space reawakens the narrative and ritual of the album experience by bringing the music and lyrical stories to life through generative visuals, long-form 360° live streaming, and virtual reality.
The VR experience was driven by Design I/O's custom software, which augmented a 360° video stream of the vinyl playing with generative 3D visuals that reacted to the music and lyrics of each track. As a preface to the streaming event, Design I/O customized the concept to work as a live performance at Bell Labs, inviting the viewers to look into the anechoic chamber through a virtual window projection and watch each song’s graphical world react to Beatie playing live.
Design and VR Drawings: James Paterson / Presstube
Design, Animation and Illustration: Joshua Goodrich
DepthKit filming: Ivaylo Getov
Addition Software Development: Dan Moore
Made with openFrameworks and DepthKit. Special thanks to David Lublin, Diederick Huijbers and Elliot Woods for help and advice.
Video footage courtesy of Lonely Leap
LIVE AUGMENTED PERFORMANCE
A live augmented performance kicked off the project from the anechoic chamber at Bell Labs. As Beatie performed lyrics from her mouth, tracking her movement in the space - a live version of the experience unfolded for the audience… REWRITE THIS!