Electronic music and dystopian worlds seem to go hand-in-hand these days, and with German electronic group Moderat releasing their third album in April, what better way to hype the release than with a VR experience of the record’s first single, ‘Reminder’?
Director Mate Steinforth and film production team Sehsucht Berlin developed the VR music video, featuring a swooping ride through a strange underground world cast in grey-scale and filled with odd creatures that harvest crystals, gathered in offering to the clan’s deity. Harassed by giant sentinels, one young crystal gatherer must fight to survive, of course to the thumping tribal beat of Moderat’s ‘Reminder.’
Sehsuch Berlin describes it as a “politically charged narrative,” but just to what end you’ll have to discover for yourself. The oppression of the underclass? Sounds plausible. Money is the root of all evil? Could be. Something about blood diamonds? Sure, why not?
The VR music video itself is best for experienced users, because it takes you on quite a flight through the underground setting. Swooshing around corners and over obstacles can be nauseating for first-timers, and is generally ill-advised in any first-person experience. This however was a short trip, and no longer than your average roller coaster demo—and much better produced to say the least.
Normally we wouldn’t preview an experience that doesn’t respect the hard-won knowledge compiled in Oculus Best Practice Guide, specifically the part on simulator sickness, which states that developers should “minimize the size and frequency of accelerations,” and “don’t take control away from the user,” two things conventional visual effects studios seem to have a hard time getting away from. Using your head like an in-game camera is liable to make a person sick—however we can’t help but admire the smooth work done in Moderat: Reminder VR music video, and are willing to forgive them the roller coaster ride for something that is just so damn cool.