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Take A Trip to Outer Space for Unrated, a New Virtual Concert

DJ-producers such as Ash Roy, Calm Chor, OX7GEN and more sign up for Mumbai-based design and event production Transhuman Collective’s two-day music festival in July

Anurag Tagat Jun 26, 2020

A visual theme for Unrated amidst the virtual venue TransSpace. Photo: Courtesy of Transhuman Collective

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Continuing innovations for the live music industry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has led us all the way to outer space, even if only virtually.

Unrated, a two-day virtual music festival hosted by Mumbai’s production company Transhuman Collective, will take place on a specifically designed space station (TransSpace, a platform created by the firm for brands) on July 18th and 19th. The free-to-watch livestream event will host three hours of music each day, featuring electronic music producers such as Ash Roy, Calm Chor, OX7GEN, Vinayak^a, The Helium Project and Zokhuma spinning DJ sets via 3D avatars, plus sound-reactive visuals, lights, lasers and pyros.

Taking place as a fundraiser with a “mission statement” to raise ₹10 lakh for PPE kits to equip healthcare workers in India, Transhuman Collective’s co-founder Soham Sarcar says they began thinking about an event right around when COVID-19 reached pandemic status. It caused global lockdowns and effectively has put a long pause on live events. “These conversations eventually turned into actions with the news of the rise in medical health workers falling prey to COVID-19 during the month of May 2020.” Building on real-time 3D technology, augmented reality, holographic and projection mapping, Sarcar says his team was “extremely confident” in delivering this experience.

Transhuman Collective co-founder Soham Sarcar (right) and TransSpace co-founder Sidhraj Shah. Photos: Courtesy of Transhuman Collective

The timing of the event also turned out to be serendipitous for Mumbai-based drum and bass producer OX7GEN, who was finishing up an EP that was centered around a narrative of space exploration. His set at Unrated will feature an exclusive peek at the five-track EP, which he’s keeping under wraps at the moment. “It’s going to be animated versions of us at a sort of console like space, playing a DJ set,” he says. The one-hour set will include the EP and more material that go into “similari-ish zones.” He adds, “It’s still very different from what I usually do. I wanted to keep it cohesive with the sound of the EP as well.”

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Calm Chor, for his part, adds in a statement, “I’m really looking forward to this event and I can’t wait to perform in my 3D avatar in the virtual space station! I have been in touch with the team and from what I have seen it’s a really engaging experience. I’m preparing something to match the visual content with space age and sci-fi sounds!”

Unrated will be streamed live on YouTube, Twitch, Vimeo. Contribute to their COVID-19 campaign here.


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