'Bohemian Rhapsody' is Coming to Virtual Reality

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Fans of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" can now escape into a virtual reality version of the classic song. The Verge reports that Queen, Google Play, and Enosis VR have teamed up to produce The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience, which blends motion-capture animation and archival footage to bring the song to life.

Google calls The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience, which is currently available on Google Play, "a journey through frontman Freddie Mercury’s subconscious mind." The VR app not only allows viewers to explore a surreal landscape, but uses a spatialized version of the song that changes as viewers move around. It includes animated renderings of band members and concert footage, as well as more abstract and fantastical imagery.

Queen guitarist and VR enthusiast Brian May claims the surreal, imaginative lyrics of "Bohemian Rhapsody" are perfectly in tune with the concept of virtual reality.

"'Bohemian Rhapsody' is unusual isn’t it? Because even 40 years later or whatever it is, it still sounds innovative," May says in the video below. "But the framework is Freddie’s incredible imagination."

[h/t The Verge]

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