A new Paul McCartney app allows fans to relive his performance of “Live and Let Die” from his August Candlestick Park concert performance in a 360-degree virtual reality environment, McCartney and Jaunt, the company responsible for the app, announced Nov. 20. According to the company, the Jaunt virtual reality app puts viewers right in the crowd, onstage, backstage and even by Paul’s side during the climactic pyrotechnics of the song.
Jaunt pitched the idea for the app to McCartney before the concert, according to Jaunt VR’s CTO Arthur Van Hoff. He told Techcrunch.com that when he saw a demo, “Paul McCartney was blown away, saying ‘Oh my God. I’ve seen the future. We need to do something together. I’m playing at Candlestick tomorrow. Why don’t you come record.’”
The app is available from the Jaunt website and Google Play for Android 5 inch and 6 inch phones and requires a Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer, such as Dodocase’s cardboard headsets available for $25 to fully appreciate the full experience, though you can view the app (with double images) on the phone without it. It will be coming soon to the Oculus Rift for both Mac and Windows and Samsung’s Gear VR, the company says.
According to the company, the performance of “Live and Let Die” was filmed using state of the art technology using Jaunt’s proprietary 360 degree, stereoscopic 3D cameras and 3D sound-field microphones. The 14-lens, 360-degree camera was set up on stage next to McCartney’s piano and in the front row at the Candlestick concert. Viewers can experience the ability to look in any direction and experience every moment of the performance in true stereoscopic 3D with reactive, omnidirectional audio.
“The concert at Candlestick put Sir Paul McCartney in front of 70,000 live fans, and with our technology and the launch of our app, we’re opening up this access to many more,” said Jens Christensen, CEO of Jaunt. “We’re creating a completely new medium for entertainment. This is just the first step of our broader mission to bring viewers immersive access to the latest concerts, movies, sporting events and more through virtual reality.” The footage marks the launch of Jaunt’s first publicly available content, McCartney and the company said.
The McCartney announcement also said that “Hope,” the track he wrote and recorded for the “Destiny” video game, is being released. Two variations of the song, “Excerpt of Hope” and “Relic of Hope,” are available on Amazon.com, “Excerpt” and “Relic” are also available on iTunes in the U.S.