WAVES: Experience music in a new dimension
TOKiMONSTA's The Lune Rouge Experience
10.8.2017 6PM PDT
To celebrate the release of famed LA producer TOKiMONSTA's new record, Lune Rouge, we created the first full-length interactive album in VR. The fifth installment in this year's Wave concert series, The Lune Rouge Experience blows the "live music" paradigm wide open, letting fans explore a planet inspired by the album artwork, dance in an interstellar rave under an exploding sun, and remix a 3D world built out of TOKiMONSTA's music. Art Directed by Strangeloop, this wave is like literally stepping inside the album art and experiencing Toki's music in a new dimension.
6.28.2017 7PM PDT
N-FOLD launched 6/28 as TheWaveVR's first flagship show, in collaboration with Strangeloop and Flying Lotus' acclaimed imprint BRAINFEEDER. N-FOLD is a synesthetic virtual reality experience, which pushes the boundaries of music, visuals, and social interaction. Known for his iconic visual work for artists such as The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, and Flying Lotus, David Wexler (Strangeloop) brings his trademark psychedelic aesthetic to the realm of VR, taking the user on a cinematic journey that could only exist using VR technology.
GrimecraftVR is all about video games. It includes a feature where the audience has to work together to respond to prompts like "GROUP HUG" to earn extra points. It includes new music from GRIMECRAFT as well as a bunch of crazy new toys. We won't spoil them all, but if you go in on Wednesday, for one night only, you'll get UNLIMITED FREE VR CHAMPAGNE. What does that mean? You'll have to find out...
HEAVYGRINDER is the third flagship show debuting in TheWaveVR and it's all about the feeling of bathing in neon lights. Inspired by the infinite neon sprawl of eastern cities like Tokyo, as well as the playful energy of kawaii culture, this wave puts you high above the city to party with celebrity DJs themselves. HEAVYGRINDER is a duo based out of Los Angeles, CA, producing Metal-Electronica & EDM. Control dreamlike projections of light, using the brand new NEON SWIRL toy, available for free for one night only.
ASH KOOSHA'S AKTUAL
The fourth flagship wave, AKTUAL, featured Iranian-born, London-based experimental artist Ash Koosha, in a performance which broke both political and artistic boundaries.
Ash Koosha, who had been imprisoned and blacklisted by his home country for making rock music and films, lives in asylum in London, where he produces what RollingStone calls, “uncompromising, dizzying and dense” electronic music. RollingStone named him “An Artist You Need To Know,” last February, upon the release of last year's I AKA I on Ninja Tune.
Unfortunately, Ash had to cancel his supporting tour due to “extreme vetting” of his visa. Earlier this year, he had to cancel yet another tour due to Trump’s travel ban, and has yet to set foot in the US, where he seeks to promote his music. In January, he issued a statement on the travel ban, writing, “All of my ambitions, contributions and efforts were reduced to bureaucratic paperwork that left me feeling betrayed and burdened because of my ‘place of birth’.”
Ash's wave brought his audio visual show, AKTUAL, to the US, where hundreds of users were transported inside his mind to watch him perform his music and conduct dynamic visual forms using TheWaveVR's performance tools.
Art directed by Strangeloop with additional visuals from Hirad Sab, the show features pulsing permutations of virtual anatomy, fluidic patterns seeping from invisible seems in space, sentient clusters of virtual detritus, and plays with perceptions of self and scale.