[NUREN] The New Renaissance

Posted February 18, 2015 by in All

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Developer: csp.industries
 
Demo Release Date: 14-02-2015
 
Version: 0.1
 
Type: Music Experience
 
Platform: PC
 
HMD: Oculus Rift DK2
 
Download: Click Here
 
Control Schemes: Head Movments
 

Best Part:

Great Music, Beautiful Animations
 

Worst Part:

Short on Content for now
 
Bottom Line

I am certainly intrigued to see more even if the demo is a little short on content for now but the content on show for NUREN is certainly shaping up to be a polished experience and the music track that’s played in the background is very catchy and enjoyable.

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3/ 5

by David
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A new kickstarter just popped up which tries to merge Tron’s visuals, virtual reality and pop music.

Once complete [NUREN] will be a collection of music videos forming a feature-length story, however for now it’s just a short demo with one available track to play through.

You start your journey on rails through a short gallery showing the Type 2 Android in various poses displaying their everyday uses. Once you reach the end of the hall you reach Segment 01 which is called Broken/Perfect.

NUREN’s Broken/Perfect segment visual style is very striking and is very Tron like with extreme contrasts between dark and light elements. As the music plays in the background the visuals are matched up with sudden cuts to different locations and different viewpoints.

The animation on the two dancing android’s is very smooth and looks very natural. I would not be surprised if this was done with motion capture. The high contrast visuals look fantastic in the rift and there is no hint of black smear that effected earlier DK2 demos.

My favourite view point is looking at the city scape while a small craft zips around the skyscrapers. The lights in the buildings match the beat of the music and it certainly enhanced my enjoyment of the music. We have seen a few music experiences in virtual reality lately and it’s a great way to get fully immersed into your favourite song or album. I expect music videos will be replaced by VR experiences like NUREN in the coming years as bands and artists try to guide the users on not just an audio journey but also a visual one. One album that tried to do this in the 80s was The Wall by Pink Floyd and it’s great to see this listed as one of the influences for the NUREN team.

NUREN is currently on Kickstarter and seeking funding for further development we will put a link in the description below. I am certainly intrigued to see more even if the demo is a little short on content for now but the content on show for NUREN is certainly shaping up to be a polished experience and the music track that’s played in the background is very catchy and enjoyable.

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David

David Whelan a professional web developer has been a serial early adopter of the latest technology. From an early age playing on a C64 he always dreamt of entering virtual worlds and exploring the endless possibilities that could be offered up by the platform.

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