Getting Lost In Music with Unreal Engine

Music Fans Experience an Epic Journey with The Chainsmokers Paris.VR

By Keef Sloan

As part of Sony’s #LostInMusic series of events, Grammy-winning duo The Chainsmokers wanted to create a special VR experience their fans could really relate to.
They worked with creative agency Ralph and leading games and interactive entertainment studio Kuju to take fans into a new musical world, allowing them to experience the track Paris in a relevant and unique way. “We wanted people to experience the song differently every time they listened to it. That was our goal,” explains Chris Hassell, Ralph Founder.


The teams also wanted to take the listener into the head of band member Andrew (Drew) Taggart, allowing them to remix the song with him and take away their own interpretation of the track which, for a fan, is super special.
The experience was featured at a number of events around the world, including the SXSW festival, and at some of the Sony Square public space set ups in the US and Japan. But this presented a unique problem, as Brynley Gibson, Kuju Head of Studio, explains: “We knew a lot of the players were going to be people who had never experienced VR before, and maybe had never even held a controller. So it became a matter of exploring how many ways we could use just the gaze of a player to interact with the world - and that was something really exciting.”


When you bring together an awesome piece of music, incredible visuals and interactivity that allows everyone, no matter their level of technical knowledge, to fully engage, then great things happen. And that’s been officially recognised, with the experience now up for gongs at the VR Awards and the Raindance Film Festival. 


The VR Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the international VR industry. Taking place in London on October 9, Paris.VR has received a nomination for “Most Creative Use of Marketing in VR”. And at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival, also held in London from September 20 to October 1, Paris.VR is being recognised in the “Best Branded Experience” category.
Available now on the PlayStation Store, Paris.VR is a fantastic example of all the key elements converging to create a truly special musical experience.

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