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NYT VR Gives Users A Virtual Backstage Pass

360-degree documentary on indie rock band The National available through NYT VR app.

Last month the New York Times brought its library of immersive virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree films to the Samsung Gear VR with the launch of the NYT VR app on that platform. Now NYT VR is offering Gear VR users the chance to get an exclusive look at the lives of indie rock band The National.

The new VR documentary is titled The National: Something Out of Nothing and will follow the members of the band as they go through the process of rehearsing and recording their seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast as well as showing exclusive footage of stage performances of the band.

Footage was captured over the past year and assembled into a 12-minute documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Marshall Curry.

The enhance the experience for fans, the NYT VR app has been updated to include support for spatial audio, which allows users to experience the acoustics of the performance as if they were really present at the venue.

The National joins several other bands and artists who have been using VR and 360-degree video to engage with fans and audiences. Virtual band Gorillaz have launched their own AR-enhanced smartphone app, and singer Bjork has been experimenting with including VR in her music videos.

The National: Something Out of Nothing can be downloaded through the NYT VR app. The NYT VR app is available for free for Samsung Gear VR users on the Oculus Store. A video trailer for the documentary is available to view below.

VRFocus will continue to report on new VR and 360-degree experiences.

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