Help Me Understand LCD Soundsystem’s New Virtual Reality Dance Club
Rob Slater | September 08, 2017
Forgive me for not fully understanding the world of virtual reality but it appears as if LCD Soundsystem launched their very own virtual dance club called Dance Tonite, where fans around the world can groove to their new song "Tonite."
As I understand it, with your virtual reality glasses (goggles? headset?) on, you can travel from room to room where a series of dance performances are taking place, all created entirely by fellow fans. You can even jump into another experience with the "point of view" camera angle.
Here's the official description to give a little more clarity.
Dance Tonite is an ever-changing VR collaboration by LCD Soundsystem and their fans featuring the band’s new song, “Tonite.” In it, you go from room to room experiencing a series of dance performances created entirely by fans. Using a new technology called WebVR, the experience is accessible from a single URL (https://tonite.dance) which works across platforms, giving the user a different role in the experience depending on their device.
With Daydream View or other handheld VR headsets, you are on stage watching the experience unfold around you. With room-scale VR such as the HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift (which enable your physical movements to be reflected in your virtual environment), you are a performer. And without VR, you are in the audience getting a bird’s eye view perspective.
Watch James Murphy talk about it and try it out below.