EDM music pioneers push beyond the limits of reality to deliver groundbreaking virtual performances at Sensorium Galaxy.
Legendary British electronic music icon Carl Cox will perform a captivating 30-minute DJ set for fans around the world on Friday as part of a free show called ‘Intermundium’.
But there are twists and turns here. He’s not actually physically there.
Instead, Cox’s stunningly lifelike digital avatar, created by Sensorium Galaxy, will take center stage in a pioneering Metaverse experience.
“When I saw my avatar for the first time, I literally did a double take because I really understood what was possible! I thought, ‘This is real, or should I say virtual reality?'” Cox explains that the signature sound is deeply ingrained.acid house and techno.
Access to the world premiere of Intermundium is free and available on multiple platforms. Sensorium Galaxy website (2D stream), YouTube (2D stream), App Store and Google Play apps (2D stream), Steam (full-fledged VR).
Before the virtual party, we spoke to Carl Cox (yes, the flesh-and-blood version, not his digital doppelgänger) and talked about the Metaverse as a new technology for sharing music, and the creative opportunities it offers. , and discussed the process behind planning a virtual party. set.
Euronews Culture: You have been DJing for over 30 years and have experienced many new technologies. Do you think of the Metaverse as just another new technology, or is this something different?
Carl Cox: The Metaverse is another way to share music, and like any new technology that supports it, it’s something the industry needs to embrace.
What creative opportunities does virtual reality offer you?
As VR develops, I’m sure there will be more and more ways to be creative. What we’re at now is a way to compliment the music by providing visuals beyond what is possible in a real-world live show.
As an electronic music artist, do you feel more comfortable in this type of space than an acoustic musician?
I think it depends on the artist. With Avatar’s developments pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, there’s no reason why acoustic and electronic performances wouldn’t fit in equally well here.
The issue of audience interaction in the Metaverse fascinates me. How do you motivate yourself to perform in front of a virtual audience?
Someday this will become second nature. It’s obviously different now, so you have to share your sound with a global audience and understand that they’re experiencing it in a different environment, but of course that doesn’t hold you back.
This set includes songs written, produced, and performed by you. Is the process different for a virtual set than for a live, in-person set?
No, the process is the same. The difference is that although the audience is not physically in the same room as you, you can imagine what they are feeling, and that will influence your performance.
Could you tell us more about what you thought when you first saw your digital avatar?
I was shocked. Avatar is more like me than I expected, and I feel like I’m really looking into the future.
What is your favorite part of this whole Metaverse show?
I love the fact that I’m one of the pioneers of this new way of experiencing dance music. It’s amazing to see how far technology has come and what it can accomplish.
What is the most difficult thing?
The big challenge was tackling this during lockdown and working with people across different time zones. Other than that, I just do what I have to do and leave the science to people who know how to do it.
Do you think this virtual reality is easier to control than an in-person live show?
Up to a point – but that’s a good thing, even though control means it’s always slightly out of control as in a live show the audience and artist bounce off each other.
What do you want fans to know about this show?
We push boundaries and hope to inspire people to take the next step in whatever field they desire.