Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre has partnered with social VR platform TheWaveVR for his new album.
The partnership will give TheWaveVR’s global community access to his new album Equinoxe Infinity.
Users will have the opportunity to remix tracks using the in-app virtual decks and host listening parties for other users to attend.
The Equinoxe Infinity VR shows will be available to any HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR headset owner through TheWaveVR’s free app, on Steam and Oculus Home.
Featured concerts may also be broadcast on Jean Michel Jarre’s social channels.
Additionally, famed comic book illustrator and digital artist Sutu has created bespoke 3D artwork inspired by Equinoxe Infinity for the partnership.
Jarre will be hosting a one-off Q&A in TheWave on December 12 at 3pm GMT, which will be preceded by a special live show hosted by Sutu at 2pm GMT to showcase the Equinoxe Infinity visuals – Sutu’s first ever live VR show in collaboration with an artist. Sutu’s live show will premiere on 9 December at 3am GMT.
“VIRTUAL REALITY IS PART OF THE NEXT FRONTIER OF MUSIC.”
“Virtual reality is part of the next frontier of music,” said Jean-Michel Jarre.
“The Equinoxe Infinity album considers where we are going as a society, including the ways artificial intelligence and machine learning may impact us.
“I’ve always been passionate about the potential of music to merge with future technologies.
“When I experienced TheWaveVR, I loved that spatial art – one of the specialities of my live shows – isn’t limited to scale or real-life constraints. Creators can host the concert of their imagination. This is where Equinoxe Infinity belongs.”
“WHEN WE MET WITH JEAN-MICHEL WE REALIZED HE HAD AN INSTANT UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT IMMERSIVE, VISUAL EXPERIENCES LIKE OURS HAVE TO PLAY IN THE FUTURE OF MUSIC.”
ADAM ARRIG, THEWAVEVR
TheWaveVR CEO Adam Arrigo added:: “Visit TheWaveVR offices and you’ll see the book Push Turn Move: Interface Design in Electronic Music proudly on display.
“Jean-Michel wrote the foreword to that book, and we feel like we’re kindred spirits with his music interests and passions.
“When we met with Jean-Michel we realized he had an instant understanding of the important role that immersive, visual experiences like ours have to play in the future of music. It’s a huge honour to bring his music to TheWaveVR community.”