The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has released a mobile app called the NZSO VR Experience, which it describes as “a fully immersive virtual reality experience of the 90-member orchestra performing at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre.” The app—made by New Zealand content creation company Wrestler—can be downloaded onto mobile phones and then played on smartphone-friendly VR headsets. The orchestra also uploaded a version of the video onto its Facebook and YouTube pages, allowing viewers to use their mouse to pan in 360 degrees while the orchestra performs. Viewers can stand on the conductor’s podium next to NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich or move among the different sections of the orchestra as it plays, including first violins, cellos, horns and percussion.

Posted July 24, 2017