Jean-Michel Jarre says virtual reality concert will be ‘like the Matrix’

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French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre has said his upcoming virtual reality concert will be “like the Matrix”.

he 71-year-old, from Lyon, said it would go one step beyond the concert US rapper Travis Scott played inside the online shooter game Fortnite in April.
Jarre, best know for his 1976 album Oxygene, will perform as an “avatar” on Sunday from inside a virtual universe created to mark the French world music day, Fete de la Musique.

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Jean-Michel Jarre performs in Monte Carlo Harbour (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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Jean-Michel Jarre performs in Monte Carlo Harbour (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The composer, performer and producer told the PA news agency: “It is a real premiere in that it is a first.
“Some people have played in Fortnite, for instance, but this is a totally different environment, because in those cases so far you place pre-recorded sessions into an existing video game environment.
“In this case it is a live event – a totally original environment created for the performances.
“It’s not part of the video game environment at all. We are using VR for something special and something specific.”
Referring to the 1999 film, he added: “It will be like the Matrix.”

Jarre said …

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