“Experience the most iconic festival in history, exactly as it happened, reconstructed from the memories of those that were there.”
RETURN TO WOODSTOCK
Return to Woodstock may just 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. That is approximately half a million people. Your experience begins, when you abandon your car on the highway alongside thousands of others and make your way towards the festival. Everything you see and hear will be as real as they day it happened. Once inside, you can freely roam the festival and enjoy the sights and sounds, or shadow one of the organizers, artists, stall holders, roadies, security, volunteers, groupies, or anyone else who takes your fancy.
Work to date:
A project scope and low fidelity proof of concept. Max Yasgur's dairy farm has been converted into a 3D scene along with the main stage and other objects reference from online video, and photos.
What are the desired outcomes of the project?
To create the world's most authentic large scale simulation of a historical event and inspire the possibility of a commercial time-travel industry through simulation and 360 video capture.
To develop a platform and feature set specifically tailored to historical reconstruction of projects on a similar or larger scale.
To collaborate with academia in designing tools, capable of measuring and mapping the butterfly effects that originated from Woodstock and other significant events throughout history.
To be used in dementia research.
A video titled (Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era) demonstrates the profound effect that music can have on someone with dementia. How much better might being fully immersed in one's past be in that scenario? With a rapidly aging population of those who went to Woodstock, this experience may have a profound positive impact on the quality of life of someone with degenerative brain function and that of those caring for them.
Participants will be required to dress up in their most authentic hippy outfit and be scanned with a full body scanner. Our target number is 50 male and 50 female.
RIG & ANIMATE
The scan will take 6 - 7 days to process followed on by rigging and animating using Mixamo. Participants will be notified when the experience is available and they can play themselves.
What are the next steps?
A website release that enables Woodstock attendees to tell their stories and upload any reference material from the event.
Volunteer recruitment to assist with the next phase of the build.
A body scanning exhibition day to create authentic looking punters ‘avatars’ to make up the crowd.
The presentation of a new demo to the Woodstock organisers and community.
With the blessing and support of Woodstock, relevant partnerships will be formed and a kickstarter campaign will launch to fund the completion of the project ready to showcase at the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.
Joel de Ross
+61 424 848 284
Future Music Industry Network will be hosting a day of body scanning day, live music and talks.
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL VR SCANNING DAY
SO WHATS NEXT?
What inspired the project?
It was a spur of the moment collaboration between Joel de Ross, a 35-year-old tech entrepreneur from Melbourne and Brandon Rosado, a 20-year-old 3D modeller from Florida, USA. Joel was sharing his TEDx script titled, “How Time Travel Would Save The Music Industry” with Brandon for feedback. With no accompanying slides for the section about Woodstock, Brandon volunteered to model what he could of the festival. Not much thought was given to where the project might go at the time, however, it was clear that something interesting was to come of it. How could it not, right? 24 hours after the TEDx event, Joel received the following instant message from Brandon via Facebook.
“So today, I'm in my hometown. [Tampa, Florida] And I met the only still photographer for Woodstock and his wife and they got my info to do animation for them, I bought their book and they both signed it!”
What are the chances of that?
Both Brandon and Joel knew, that this was a sign. While already committed to existing projects, in the background, the Return To Woodstock concept, was continuously gaining depth and scope. Eventually, the time came to get more people involved and Joel was half way through a press release for the body scanning day when he called it a night. He woke to see a message from Brandon that read,
“Woodstock just announced a 50th Anniversary!”
There it was. The mother of all synchronicities. Whatever happens from here on in, is history in the making. Hopefully, the Woodstock community will embrace this concept and contribute their stories to relive and share their memories in vivid detail come 2019.