Music in VR

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Matt Dahlbacka and I am working on a suite of music making apps for virtual reality (VR).  I created this site to share some of my ideas with all of you.  I am very enthusiastic about the potential for making music in VR and I hope that after reading about some of my ideas you will agree that VR is an exciting new frontier for digital music.

First a little background info:  I am a technologist with a background in electro-mechanical technology as well as information technology (IT).  I spent many years working as an electro-mechanical technologist on cutting-edge projects for R&D labs in the field of high-energy physics.  I then moved on to IT where I designed and operated complex IT infrastructure systems on both a national and global scale.  Throughout all of this I passionately pursued my interest in music – playing electric guitar and tinkering with various electronic music machines.  I also studied music theory and a handful of other topics with the Berklee College of Music’s online extension program – Berklee Online.

Nearly two years ago I became interested in VR and got myself a development kit from Oculus (Rift DK2) so I could experience this exciting new technology and see for myself what it was all about.  Like many others I was “blown away” by the VR experience and immediately began thinking of ways to apply my passion for music in new ways.  I got ahold of Unity 3D and started modeling different ways to make and experience music in VR and have since come up with several ideas for apps that I think will be both fun and intuitive new ways to make and play with electronic music.  I came up with the name WaveMaker VR © for my new journey and began work on the following software titles:

TapeLooper VR © (a 3D musical looper)
BeatBall VR © (a 3D musical video game)
MusicBox VR © (a 3D music and visual art creation tool)
MixMaster VR © (a 3D DJ tool for mixing and mashing music)

Over the next weeks and months I hope to share more info about each of these titles, including what they are, how they work, and what I hope they will ultimately become.  I am an independent developer (indie) and have other life responsibilities so I work on these projects as I find the time.  It is my hope that through sharing my ideas with all of you that I will gain sufficient interest to secure the necessary resources to turn this into a full-time effort.

I’m really excited about these projects and I hope that once you see what I’m doing you will be too!

Below is a whiteboard sketch I make during the imagination phase of TapeLooper VR ©.  It shows multiple musicians collaborating on a multi-track loop in 3D…

tape-looper-vr-early-concept-art

 

Thanks for checking out my new site.  More info about my apps coming soon.  Please feel free to reach out if you share an interest in music in VR.