Although Toronto's Vincent John Vincent (VJV) is world renowned as the first and foremost Virtual Reality performer, Toronto audiences haven't been able to experience a performance since last May's Digital Media Award Show. You may have heard by now that there's going to be Virtual Reality at Canada Music Week so here's the rundown. On March 23 /95 during The Canadian Music Industry Award Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, VJV and the 20th Century Kid will be performing in Virtual Reality. In addition, The Vivid Group, will be providing high-tech Virtual Reality effects during the award show. The Vivid Group is also producing the Vivid Digital Playground which will be available at The Convention Centre on March 24-26..In the playground you will find Vivid's Mandala VR Module, set up to play Virtual instruments, sports, and adventure games, free. Other playground sites include: Very nervous system, Sega V.R. racing, the latest in musical CD-Roms, City TV speakers' corner, Virtual Videoteleconferencing links from around the world, and City T.V Online.

Technotainment Techxplanation

20th Century Kid and Vincent John Vincent (VJV) are both on the stage combining "cyber" and traditional instruments. VJV steps in front of a video camera and monitor setup, he sees his live image placed inside of the interactive, real time computer animation and video worlds of the Mandala VR System. The audience sees the same thing on large screens above the stage. Without touching anything in the real world, VJV can interact and play with the objects that surround his video image. This is because the system is able to track his movements in real time, at all times, and recognizes what he is doing to the animation. This could be as simple as picking up an animated 3-D ball, and rolling it around his body; or as complex as jamming lead riffs on an animated electric guitar; or a drum solo on a virtual drum kit. This VR instrument is a Gesture Triggered Musical Synthesizer (GTMS), that uses MIDI information to trigger any synth, sampler, or other MIDI controllable device.The theme of their performances usually consist of taking the audience on an audio/visual adventure through time and space. Vincent embraces multimedia recreating his dreamscapes into computer realities and then stepping into them with his whole body. As a leader in multimedia, Vincent has been introducing the concept of Virtual Reality as the next wave in live concert experience since 1986-it is the world's first interactive music video playground - and it's breathtaking to watch!

VJV and 20th C. Kid are helping to produce Toronto's Earthday and will be performing free at Nathan Phillips Square on April 22. /95 at 7:00.

For more info contact gOgO @ Vivid Group (416) 340-9290 x 225


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