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Covering Jamiroquai’s ‘Virtual Insanity’ in VR

What happens when you can record yourself in VR creating beats from game sounds and musical notes from apps like Soundstage VR? You make a cover song for Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” and turn it into one sweet music video of course.

Musician Chase Holfelder created a cover for “Virtual Insanity” using only instruments and sounds sequenced while in VR. While this video doesn’t include any dancing in a bright white room with a treadmill floor, it was filmed entirely in mixed reality while Holfelder shuffled between a variety apps on the HTC Vive.

Aside from Holfelder’s powerful voice for vocals, some of the more popular apps on Steam VR were used during the performance. SoundStageVR led the bulk of the performance, but favorites like Job Simulator, Rick & Morty, Accounting, Audioshield, The Blu, and The Lab by Valve made their own appearances.

Created in collaboration with VRScout, the specialized mixed reality capture system allowed Holfelder to be recorded while performing in VR.

Holfelder has been a big fan of VR for awhile now, owning a Nintendo Virtual Boy when it first came out. The musician immersed himself in roller coaster rides with the Oculus Rift developer kit years ago. But it wasn’t until he picked up a HTC Vive because of “its better room-scale tracking” that he was hooked on VR. “I show it to everyone who comes over to my house and i’m going to be showing SoundStage VR to my musician friends,” said Holfelder.

“I would definitely recommend VR for musicians,” said Holfelder. “There are some limitations when it comes to being able to play a full on instrument, but that will change down the line with better ways to articulate instruments.”

You can check out behind-the-scenes in the video below:

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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