TheWaveVR is a mesmerizing, trippy take on the future of music festivals
If the prospect of joining a virtual music gala and dancing around in a VR headset and controllers sounds pretty geeky youre not wrong.
But its likewise, like, incredible.
TheWaveVR will remind you of drugs even if youve never done remedies and is very likely to likewise move you want to do drugs.
The virtual reality music app is launching a beta version today on Steam early access that brings you into a world-wide of preposterous visuals and ponderous electronic music inside a social arena.
Today, the Austin-based startupis alsoannouncing that it has shut a$ 4 million seed round is presided over by Upfront Ventures. Other investors in the round include RRE Ventures, KPCB Edge, Greycroft VR Gaming Tracker Fund and The VR Fund.
If youve ever been to a trippy EDM raveor have had the privilege of attending Flying Lotus in concert, youll know that the glitchy graphics occurring onscreen behind the creator are often a main contributor to the otherworldly vibes. I maybe dont need to tell you that this can be a lot more powerful in VR when all of a sudden the part sky is lighting up and altering inside itself.
Snapshots truly dont do the app right, because part of what clears the app such a potent know is the ability to enter the opening and interact with strangers.
I was able to jump into an early construct of theapp and hop around with co-founder/ CEO Adam Arrigo and Upfront general partner Kobie Fullerto enjoy a Wave concert and it was almost fantastic how disarmingly intimate/ spiritual the interactions find. You can chat with one another, dance and devote high fives, but more interestingly you can share something called social trips which take you and the other user into a mini-game-like world-wide where its precisely you twointeracting with a world-wide thats unbelievably wonky.
In addition to strolling the virtual desert and socializing, you are eligible to dive behind the turntables and craft moves with a surprisingly finessedVR DJ setup, rotating moves while also doing things that precisely arent possible in the real world thanks to pesky gravity.
With so many investors skeptical of making investments in VR, its crazy to determine a VR music app invoking coin from top firmslike KPCB and Upfront, but that is actually speaks to the unique seeing of TheWaveVR which manages to get so much privilege in its first beta release.
The difficult challenge for any social VR app is building up a sustainable society, TheWaveVR is planning to do weekly concerts in VR featuring real electronic musicians.
Id question the sustainability of that model if I hadnt already experienced a concert, but current realities is that this app is going to besomething that every worthwhile DJ in LA or elsewhere will beplaying around with soon and Im sureit wont be long before users have their pick up some top artists inside the app. The crew is constructing tools for artists to import tracksthat they can play around with onstage.
TheWaveVR has so many areas it can still trips as it builds up for a full secrete, but its already far more successful at creating a digital music gala than a VR app should be.