Multisensory Installation Used Virtual Reality To Compose Its Musical Score

Multisensory Installation Used Virtual Reality To Compose Its Musical Score
Augmented & Virtual Reality

The process allowed musicians to match their instrumentation to the abstract visuals dancing on a 62-foot long ribbon screen

Conner Dial, Fashion Editor
  • 16 september 2016

“Collide” is an experimental, digital art installation—commissioned by Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco—that takes place in the physical realm but that was partially designed using virtual reality goggles.

Utilizing Dolby Laboratories’ 62-foot long ribbon screen, “Collide” combines original instrumentation with colorful, dance-inspired visuals.

vr installation

Creators of the multimedia installation were inspired by the neurological phenomenon known as synesthesia: the process by which multiple senses and cognitive pathways overlap, resulting in a unique perception experience. The result is an emotionally intimate experience based on the idea of “letting go and losing oneself in the creative process.”

Multisensory Installation
In order to compose the multisensory installation, the cellists wore virtual reality googles to immerse themselves in the visual language of “Collide.” While the goggles connected the players to different segments of the exhibit, the collective sound was audible in the recording room. As media-makers seek new outlets for creative inspiration, VR offers an exciting new opportunity to engage the senses.

Watch the behind-the-scenes cello recording below.


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+Dolby Laboratories
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+Virtual Reality

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