Google’s Inside Music Experiment Lets You Remix in VR

Step inside your favorite song and get a closer look at how its made.

Whether dancing in this latest collaborative music experience by LCD Soundsystem or dining at the center of six different storylines in an immersive film, it’s clear that Google is fully embracing WebVR.

WebVR lets you open experiences in your web browser, without installing any apps, and immediately begin interacting with content in a VR headset, on your mobile device, or just on your laptop.

So continuing to bring experiments to life in entirely new ways with WebVR, it comes as no surprise that Google is introducing a new interactive WebVR experiment, this one taking you inside of a song.

Dubbed Inside Music, Google has teamed up with podcast Song Exploder and a few favorite artists across different genres to create a WebVR experiment that lets you explore layers of music all around you, using spatial audio to understand how a piece of music is composed. You can even turn layers on and off, letting you hear the individual pieces of a song in a new way.

Currently, Inside Music, has six songs you can explore from artists Phoenix, Perfume Genius, Natalia Lafourcade, Ibeyi, Alarm Will Sound and Clipping. When you load up the experience you can select one of the songs and each individual component—drums, synth, vocals, etc.—letting you turn any of them off and on. And of course, this is all best viewed with a VR headset and a pair of headphones to catch subtle changes in the music. Google has also made its code public on GitHub, so any musician can create their own interactive music experience.

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder of VRScout.

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