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Tech News (more headlines) 04-17-2017

Experience The First Music Album In Virtual Reality

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The Melody of Dust, a virtual reality (VR) music and gaming experience created by multidisciplinary artist Nick Koenig (aka Hot Sugar) in collaboration with Viacom, was released for the HTC Vive headset.

Dubbed a "new art form" by Rolling Stone, this immersive exploration of sight and sound has players discover and unlock more than 80 original melodies hidden within objects found in an animated castle. Together, the melodies form a kind of VR album shaped by the unique gameplay. A self-titled "soundtrack" by Hot Sugar is also available on iTunes and Spotify in conjunction with its release.

"The atmospheric fantasy world in The Melody of Dust allows you to confirm that any object in the universe is a musical instrument, whether we know how to play it or not," said Koenig.

The release of The Melody of Dust follows its March 14 world premiere at the SXSW Virtual Cinema in Austin, Texas.

"The Melody of Dust truly is the first of its kind deconstructed VR music experience," said Chaki Ng, SVP Viacom NEXT, Viacom's research and development arm for emerging entertainment technologies. "We believe this is a glimpse of what the future of music could look and feel like as you literally step into the mind of a musician and create your own score."

View the game's trailer here: www.themelodyofdust.com.

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