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Beware Beck’s 360-Degree ‘Sound and Vision’: Interactive Video May Cause Nausea

User-navigated David Bowie cover is here, dizzying

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // February 19, 2013

As promised, Beck has now made it possible for you to feel like you’re moving around within his nine-minute, 170-person rendition of David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision.” As Jack White and Beck’s offbeat yet forward-thinking experiments put them in competition to be the quasi-alternative rock world’s leading Willy Wonka, this experience brings to mind the candy man’s lickable wallpaper. We’ve already heard the remarkable performance in unusually rich, 360-degree sound, but now those us with webcams and a little patience (it takes time to load) get to peek over the musicians’ shoulders for ourselves: The trombonists look like trombonists! Beck looks like Beck! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!

It’s actually a bit tricky to navigate at first, and you might find yourself getting seasick. But as gimmicks go, like the everlasting gobstopper, this one’s amusing. Here’s the vision, then — good thing the sound is an impressive feat in its own right. Experience it here.