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Google brings 360-degree video to the performing arts

by Brandon Russell | December 1, 2015December 1, 2015 8:00 pm PDT

Ever wonder what it’d be like to sit amongst the orchestra at The Metropolitan Opera? Short of becoming a professional violinist, your chances of getting on stage are slim to none. So leave it Google to fill that gap, allowing anyone with a computer to experience what’s it’s like to be in the middle of a blaring symphony. Live music not your thing? You can also see what it’s like to be among the Royal Shakespeare Company, or dance with some of the world’s most talented ballerinas—all from the comfort of your home.

The Google Cultural Institute on Tuesday announced a new partnership with 60 performing arts institutes around the world, bringing live-performances and concerts to audiences by utilizing YouTube’s support for 360-degree video. You have yet another reason to pick up Cardboard, which is the easiest and most affordable way to experience VR. I’ve been glancing through the different VR experiences, and they’re quite enthralling.

The Google Cultural Institute has been highlighting visual arts for several years now, and dabbling in 360-degree video seems like a natural step. By using the smartphone in your pocket and a piece of cardboard, VR is becoming much more accessible, and since not everyone has the dough to visit places like Carnegie Hall or the Battersea Arts Centre, Google’s latest partnership brings the world of performing arts to your doorstep.

This isn’t true VR in the way Oculus or HTC Vive is. But it’s still an immersive way to experience the world. Who knows, it might inspire you to visit one of these theaters, or work to become part of the orchestra people at home watch through 360-degree video.

You can see all of the different experiences through the Google Cultural Institute at the source link below.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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