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The Hills are Alive: Capturing and Presenting an Outdoor Choral Performance for Virtual Reality

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Virtual reality offers an exciting opportunity to access experiences which in the real world may prove inaccessible to some people. This project extends on the VIIVA protocol, an existing tool for VR singing performance. An outdoor context is introduced, which presents significant challenges for audiovisual data collection. A choral performance in the Lake District was captured using immersive recording technologies, and turned into a VR experience, allowing members of the public to be part of the performance by singing with the virtual choir. Initial feedback indicates that users responded well to the experience, feeling immersed in the performance and not inhibited by the VR equipment. This work highlights the potential of VR to have a positive impact as a tool to increase accessibility to remote places and unique experiences.

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