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Grandtheft’s VR Video for ‘Summer in the Winter’ Will Blow Your Mind

Grandtheft teamed up with his old pal and director Timur Musabay to create a stunning virtual reality experience for single “Summer In The Winter.”

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You have literally never seen a music video like this, because a music video like this has never actually been made.

Grandtheft teamed up with his old pal and director Timur Musabay, the same dude who helped the Toronto producer film his first very low budget music video in 2012, to create a stunning virtual reality experience for single “Summer In The Winter.” Musabay and his team at Occupied VR studios have been playing with cutting edge technologies, and when Grandtheft came by to see it, he knew he had to get on board.

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“I got very excited to work with them on something,” the producer says in an email interview. “They liked ‘Summer In The Winter,’ and it seemed like the perfect tune for this collaboration. (Vocalist) Fantastic Modern and I made this song with the surreal in mind.”

Turns out Fantastic Modern, aka Curtis Talwst Santiago, is also a talented visual artist who been “blowing up” on the international art scene with these miniature dioramas infused with strong social commentary. Grandtheft brought asked him to create a “living diorama … that the viewer could really dive into,” and with the help of MuchFACT, a Canadian fund dedicated to helping Canadian artists make incredible music videos, the project was backed.

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When viewed on mobile devices, the result is a breath-taking 360 experience that allows viewers to digitally explore the very physical universe Santiago created. Occupied VR pioneered a lot of new analog filming techniques in order to capture the dioramas and convert them into CG, VR worlds. It’s totally trippy and wild and unlike anything that’s come before it.

“The idea was to take the viewer through a surreal, psychedelic experience – exactly how the song made us all feel at Occupied,” Grandtheft says. “This is a new medium that is just started to get its bearings. Just wait till you see what is possible in the upcoming years.”

Enough talk. Watch.