×

VR Music App Electronauts Could Be the Next Tilt Brush

Google’s Tilt Brush has long been one of virtual reality’s biggest killer apps. The 3D drawing app for high-end headsets charms everyone, artists and amateurs alike. Now, Los Angeles-based Survios is working on a new app that may just rival Tilt Brush’s wide appeal.

Survios showed off Electronauts at CES in Las Vegas this week, and is currently testing it with artists in a closed beta. A public release is planned for later this year.

Electronauts can best be described as a music creation and remix tool — that is if music is being made by electronica-loving astronauts jamming on the bridge of a spaceship that’s flying through a collection of psychedelic tunnels. Because in VR, why would you do music any other way?

Electronauts_Screenshot1_1080p

Users first pick a room, which is essentially a song or a collection of sounds combined with some matching animations. Once in that room, they can pick key components of the song they want to work on — the intro, the bridge, the break — and then manipulate individual parts. Mute the kick drum for example, or play the bass in real-time.

There are a number of different sound manipulation tools, including a 3D effects editor, “grenades” with one-time sound effects — think a siren or a synth sound — that you throw into the room to activate them, and even sequencers to record bass lines or rhythm loops.

There’s a lot to do in Electronauts, but it’s surprisingly easy to get started. That’s in part because the app has been designed to simplify music creation. All sounds and loops have been quantized, so everything automatically fits into the right rhythm, and it’s really hard to make something sound awful.

Electronauts

Electronauts is also working with a number of musicians, and has already announced a collaboration with Stargate, the producer duo behind the P!nk and Sia collab “Waterfall,” to prepopulate the app with songs and loops that will get you started.

That being said, there’s plenty about Electronauts that experienced musicians and DJs might like as well. For one thing, Survios wants to enable artists to add their own loops and samples at launch.

The app also lends itself to live performances with its visuals, which include multiple camera angles, and matching animations. Animations also fade in and out with the music when users switch from one song or “room” to another.

Electronauts

There’s also an option for up to two users to jam on a song together, even of you’re only connected with each other over the internet. That could be a great set-up for a live set, but also a lot of fun if you play with the app at home.

All of this goes back to Electronauts being a bit like Tilt Brush: Outside of the realm of video games, a lot of experiential VR is fun once or twice, but very few of these experiences really make you want to come back over and over again. With Electronauts, Survios may have cracked the code for turning something that’s not a game into a VR killer app.

More Digital

  • Fubo Sports Network

    FuboTV Launches Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Sports Network

    FuboTV, one of the players duking it out in the competitive internet pay-TV arena, is dropping into the free streaming-video market with a network it wants to distribute as widely as possible — off its own platform. On Thursday, the company is soft-launching the Fubo Sports Network: a live, free-to-consumer TV network for U.S. sports [...]

  • BTS World

    BTS World Mobile Game From K-Pop Group Rockets to No. 1 Spot on App Charts Worldwide

    BTS, the biggest K-pop group in the world, now has the biggest app in the world. “BTS World,” a mobile simulation game that lets fans virtually become the South Korean pop stars’ manager, quickly rose to the top of Apple’s App Store charts in multiple countries just hours after its release on Wednesday, June 26. [...]

  • Discovery Names Andrew Georgiou Eurosport and

    Discovery Taps Andrew Georgiou as Eurosport and Sports Rights Boss

    Andrew Georgiou has been appointed president of Discovery-owned Eurosport. The sports channels and streaming service has been without a chief since Peter Hutton left for Facebook. Georgiou assumes a wider role than Hutton, running Eurosport as well as overseeing sports rights and marketing across Discovery. It has been moving aggressively into the sports sector, licensing [...]

  • Can a Studio Make Movies for

    Listen: Can a Studio Make Movies for VR?

    STX Entertainment is best known for movies like “The Upside” and “Ugly Dolls,” but it also has a division dedicated to creating virtual-reality movies like the recent action short “The Limit.” STXsurreal is working on over a dozen films in a variety of genres, according to its founders, Rick Rey (pictured, right) and Andy Vick. [...]

  • Kathryn Friedrich

    Condé Nast Entertainment Taps Ex-RYOT Studio Head Kathryn Friedrich for New Role

    Condé Nast Entertainment hired Kathryn Friedrich, a YouTube and Google alum who most recently headed Verizon’s RYOT Studio, to the newly created role of EVP, operations and general manager. Friedrich started in the new gig this week, reporting to Condé Nast Entertainment president Oren Katzeff, who joined the company last year from Tastemade. Based in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content