Björk Performs First 360 VR Live Stream In History

Björk Performs First 360 VR Live Stream In History

The prolific Icelandic singer-songwriter has pushed the boundaries of music and technology yet again

The prolific Icelandic singer-songwriter has pushed the boundaries of music and technology yet again

Text: Gabriella Salkin

Björk made music history this morning in Tokyo with the performance of her song "Quicksand" off her 2015 album Vulnicura, as the world’s first virtual-reality vision performance and 360 live stream.

This is the first time a virtual reality live-stream performance has taken place, according to a press release. During her special performance produced by Dentsu Lab Tokyo, Bjork wears an elaborate mask designed by Professor Neri Oxman using a 3D printer.

This morning’s performance will open Björk’s visual streaming project “Björk Digital—Music and Virtual Reality,” according to Dentsu Lab Tokyo. The recorded project will be an 18-day experiment, as part of the Björk Digital exhibition which opens in Tokyo tomorrow. The exhibition refers to VR as a “tool that connects to imitate the audience and myself, I believe that theater to bring the new music experience.”

The livestream for "Quicksand" is currently under maintenance, but will reportedly be back up soon. Until then, listen to the electronic hit below.

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