If you are a fan of Queen, you’d probably be happy to know about the band’s presence in virtual reality. Brian May, Queen’s guitarist and also an astrophysicist, has come up with an interactive app – Bohemian Rhapsody Experience – in collaboration with Google and Enosis VR. The prototype of the app is now available for public to use on some select VR-enabled Android smartphones, while the iPhone users will be getting it soon.
Bohemian Rhapsody Experience takes you to the virtual world of Queen in an interactive manner, where sound and graphics indulge to form a surreal experience as you were with the Queen on the stage. The interface elements in the app respond to your head movements as well.
Google describes Bohemian Rhapsody Experience as an app that “offers a journey through frontman Freddie Mercury’s subconscious mind and recreates the sensation of being onstage with the band, with visual and audio elements that respond to your movements.”
The California-based company demoed the app’s prototype version at its annual I/O developer conference earlier this year, which was only available to be seen if you were at the event. But, Google has now released the Bohemian Rhapsody Experience app on Android. You can head to the Google Play store to download it. Remember, this will work properly only with Android smartphones that are VR-enabled, but other users can enjoy the experience as a 360-degree video.
Interestingly, the Bohemian Rhapsody Experience app will induce a spatialised version of the song as you move your head, which actually conforms to fixed points in your surroundings. You will also get to see Freddie Mercury, outlined in neon, dancing and performing as the song takes leap immersively, along with a bunch of other animations.
It is worth mentioning that Google started making such enriched content way back in 2013, when virtual reality was in infancy and not that mainstream. Google is also known for working with directors like Mark Oftedal, Shannon Tindle and others – to imbibe their work into the Google’s 360-degree storytelling technology called Google Spotlight Stories.