Yes, it is true! Woodstock has announced the 50th Anniversary and is penciled in for 2019. Could this news possibly get any more amazing? Well, what if at the 50th anniversary you could also travel back in time, and experience the very first Woodstock?
Well, that is exactly what FMIN founder, Joel de Ross and long-time collaborator Brandon Rosado are hoping for with their homage to the festival.
Return to Woodstock may just be one of the most ambitious and unique VR projects to date. Rather than simply recreating the event from archival photos and video footage, the project will digitally reconstruct the younger selves of everyone who attended, resurrecting their entire Woodstock experience.
It sounds impossibly huge and expensive. But we feel confident that once news of this project hits the mainstream, there will be no shortage of volunteers, sponsors and other stakeholders around the world putting their hand up to help make this a reality. This is not just another VR experience, nor is it just another game. The pair maintains that what they are building will be for sociologist, anthropologists, network scientists and of course music historians, what the Large Hadron Collider is to physicists. So if it has such a strong emphasis on research, what exactly is it they will be able to measure?
The ability to see and experience the relationship between music and art on individual people and society as a whole over time.
What are all the factors playing out in the lives of individuals that culminated in 4 people deciding to do this festival? Just how much did this event shape the last 47 years of the planet? Could this information help steer our society towards a better place? Might such a platform, that would allow elders to bring their history back to life, help bridge the gap between the young and old?
The possibilities are endless and we haven't even scratched the surface of what they want to do. Brandon and Joel are currently focused on producing a better demo. Inside they will reveal their entire vision of the future and the role technology will play in helping them to achieve those goals.
The next phase of the demo is to get crowds into the scene. Find out more here
Rather than hand model, half a million people, they plan to scan approximately 50 men and 50 women dressed in authentic 60's fashion and duplicate them a few dozen times to create a bit of a crowd. Once scanned, their digital clone will be rigged, animated and placed within the scene. The date for the scanning day is still to be confirmed so we strongly advise that you subscribe to the FMIN website or contact them directly: