This year is set to be a tumultuous one for the live music industry with iconic events such as Glastonbury cancelling its physical festival – a live stream will take its place – whilst others later in the year like Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful are currently going ahead as planned. Helping fill that live music void are platforms including Sansar with its Lost Horizon event, and later this year Sensorium Galaxy is set to offer an all-star DJ line-up with a new video showcasing David Guetta.
Guetta was the first artist officially announced by Sensorium, now joined by the likes of Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, Black Coffee and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. In this new behind-the-scenes video, you get to see the work going into making the DJ’s digital avatar so the final product will look photorealistic to those attending one of his shows inside Sensorium Galaxy.
Slightly more in-depth than the character customisation options most VR gamers get for their in-game avatars, Sensorium Corp enlisted the help of Rouge MoCap to ensure every aspect of Guetta’s appearance was recorded. From normal standing and seated poses to various facial expressions, the team even took detailed close up shots of his eyes and teeth so Guetta fans shouldn’t be disappointed!
All this is building up to Sensorium Galaxy’s launch which is currently slated to take place in Q2 2021. Whilst the overall idea of the platform is to provide an artist metaverse where everyone can socialise and get creative, initially the focus is on music to draw people in. So all the DJ sets will be held in Prism World developed in collaboration with Yann Pissenem, the creator of clubs Ushuaïa Ibiza and Hï Ibiza.
In addition to Prism, visitors will also find the underwater Motion World where they can swim through ancient ruins with aquatic creatures called Omojas for company. There’s also the Starship Sensorium, the first location showcased and accessible to beta users who signed up last year. While VR will provide users with the best Sensorium Galaxy experience the team is ensuring maximum coverage by supporting PC and mobile devices as well.
Sensorium Galaxy and others like it still see massive potential in virtual events, especially considering lockdown measures and the growth of VR headsets – namely Oculus Quest 2. But that’s not the case for all. Wave – formerly TheWaveVR – one of the earliest in this field announced at the beginning of 2021 that its VR app was closing to focus its efforts on the streaming market.