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September 21, 2020

We’ve teamed up with our friends, The Glitterspies, to reward one lucky Soundscape fan a brand new Oculus Rift S headset! Enter for your chance to win today! Head on over to the GIVEAWAY PAGE, and complete as many entries as you can! You can enter daily, and the more the you share the contest with your friends, the more chances to win you’ll earn!

The contest is open to citizens of The United States only, ages 13+ and up. Entries for the contest will be closed on October 2nd. The winner of the contest will be randomly selected and notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to accept the prize before it is forfeited and awarded to the next randomly selected winner!

Best of luck!

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September 15, 2020

DENVER, CO – SEPT 15, 2020 – Groove Science Studios (GSS), developer of the Soundscape VR (SVR) immersive music platform that brings bands, brands, and fans together in virtual reality, today announced that David Leibowitz and Scott Keniley have been named to the Advisory Board. 

Leibowitz is Managing Partner of CH Potomac and Co-Founder of KDI Media, a digital commerce agency.  His career has focused on the intersection of the entertainment, media and technology industries, developing new innovative ways to create, protect, enjoy, and engage with entertainment content. In the music sector, Leibowitz brings a broad set of business and legal expertise to GSS, having served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Senior Advisor to Gibson Brands, and Chairman of EZMO, an early European trail blazing cloud-based music oriented social network and storage locker service. “David impressed us right from the get-go,” said Founder Eric Alexander, “His experience in the entertainment industry and acumen when it comes to new technology will be invaluable as we continue to grow the Soundscape VR platform and expand into new revenue areas.”

Leibowitz also Co-Founded and served as Chairman and Co-CEO of Verance, whose Emmy Award winning technology is the industry standard for movies, music, and television, including NextGen TV and has served as an advisor to Motorola, Singtel, and National Datacast, among others. 

“My family has been in the music and technology business since the 1910’s when my grandfather had several Grafonola and Record shops in New York City” said Leibowitz.   “While the application of VR to create next generation music and entertainment experiences is still in the early days, I have been impressed with Eric’s vision and what he and the GSS team has been able bring to the VR-using community thus far with Soundscape VR. With this foundation, I am looking forward to helping the company build on this foundation and take music VR experiences to the next level!” said Leibowitz. 

Keniley brings a wealth of legal expertise, specifically in the entertainment industry, to SVR with his addition to the Advisory Board. A practicing partner at Keniley-Kumar, and an active Professor at Georgia State University, Keniley leads Entrepreneurship in Music and The Legal Aspects of Music for the next generation of entertainment industry leaders. 

“Scott’s vast wealth of experience in the music industry is an asset that will only strengthen the strategic partnerships we have with bands and brands in the virtual space,” said Director of Finance Warrick Jervis, “He’s worked with everyone from Hall of Fame athletes to Grammy-winning artists to video game designers. He knows exactly what it takes to make a successful venture, and we’re excited to have Scott join the company.”

Scott maintains an active presence in the entertainment and legal industry,serving on the Board and as academic chairman for the North American Entertainment, Sports, and IP Law Summit and frequently lectures on entertainment law topics. Previously, Scott was General Counsel for Platinum Entertainment in addition to serving as Municipal Court Judge and board member to The Recording Academy (The Grammys), and The Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. 

“I am excited and humbled with the opportunity to work with the creative minds at Soundscape VR and their cutting edge contribution to the music experience,” commented Keniley.

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A Multi-Decades Long Art Project

August 13, 2020

The beauty of Soundscape and of the VR medium is that it is a digital painting to revisit again and again. While other mediums force you to put down the brush and walk away to maintain your sanity, the entire composition of Soundscape is a just a foundation to build upon. The Black Sun is the best example of this, with over 7 years of development time to date.

The other primary superiority to the canvas is the ability to expand size at any time.  Each Soundscape has grown over its life to the point of spanning miles.  It’s a balance between expanding the size of the world improving the existing parts. Daily I’m adding details to small areas, hiding new things where they will likely not be found. 

Of all the development time spent on Soundscape, the lion’s share goes towards new features.  Here are just a few of the features we’ve implemented since launch:

Infinite replayability
Sonic AI audio reactivity 
Open worlds with full smooth locomotion
Multiplayer Social Worlds
RPG elements including talent system and avatar customization
SVR UI v4.0 with Lighting Microcontroller
Full IK Avatars with capability for 1:1 dance and social presence 
SVR LIVE mixed reality art installation
Spectra Dash gaming modes
Sound(E)scape mode for therapeutic research

What’s coming next?  Here’s a taste of a few things on our horizon:

Artist Link live concerts
VR museums celebrating artists
Mobile play on the go
Limitless capacity shows via infinite scalability
New games to play and interact with other players
Expanded social features
More performance optimizations
Two new Soundscapes
And so much more…

When I began work on Soundscape, I knew I was embarking on a task of epic proportions that would take many years or even decades to realize.  My earliest calculations and optimistic expectations were that by 2030 Soundscape would be finally starting to realize its true potential. 

It’s been an incredible journey to this point, already farther than I hoped I would ever be able to take Soundscape.  My original goal was just to enable a free space for music lovers to escape together, a goal that once seemed insurmountable, and although that has been achieved, I will always keep refining that aspect of the Soundscape mural.

It seems inevitable at this point that someday after enough work Soundscape will reach its full potential, it is quite exciting to consider what the future holds. 

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Soundscape Gameplay Feeds The Hungry

July 31, 2020

Earlier this year, we announced a partnership with Boulder, CO-based charity, Conscious Alliance. Conscious Alliance feeds families in communities that need help, by partnering with your favorite musicians, artists, and music festivals for food drives, donation awareness, and a variety of other worthwhile initiatives.

We are excited to announce that a donation of $10,178.00 was made for Q2 of 2020 to Conscious Alliance, thanks to your gameplay in the Soundscape Universe. When you purchase Harmonia in SVR, you’re helping to feed those families that need help the most.

SVR was always designed to be a “platform for good,” and with your help, we are realizing that goal everyday. Keep playing and keep making a difference!

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Soundscape Celebrates Burners Everywhere

July 30, 2020

We are excited to announce that Soundscape VR will be hosting FREE VR rooms every Saturday night from 9PM to 12AM MT for the Burner and Non-Burner community to come together to listen, share, and create!

The fun kicks off on August 1st! For more information, please visit www.kindling.burningman.org

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Oculus Rift S Up For Grabs In Latest Sweepstakes

July 17, 2020

Don’t miss your opportunity to win a brand new Oculus Rift S VR headset from your friends at Soundscape VR! Join over 50,000 creators, music fans, artists, and festafarians in the most immersive, audio-reactive, virtual spaces ever created!

Enter HERE for your chance to win! Entry is free. Contest is open to U.S. citizens only, ages 13+. Contest ends on July 31st, 2020. You may enter the sweepstakes daily with certain promotions!

One winner will be randomly selected, contacted by email, and will have 24 hours to accept the prize. If the prize is not claimed within 24 hours, a new winner will be randomly selected!

Best of luck to you! We can’t wait to see you in the Soundscape Universe!

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New Oculus Rift S Giveaway Announced!

July 6, 2020

Stop what you’re doing and head on over to GLEAM to enter for your chance at winning a brand new Oculus Rift S VR Headset! The Rift S is the newest headset from the innovators at Oculus. With new headset mounted cameras, improved optics, and ergonomics, the Rift S is the perfect way to dive deep in the Soundscape Universe!

The sweepstakes is free to enter and offers daily opportunities to increase the number of entires you have in the contest.

This giveaway will run from July 6th thru July 17th and is open only to residents of the United States, ages 13+. One winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to accept the prize before it is forfeited to the next randomly selected winner.

Good Luck and thank you for your support!

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June 23, 2020

There’s never been a better time in history to be making music.  An artist today with just a laptop plus a copy of Ableton Live has limitless creative potential at their fingertips, able to become the next Grammy winner.  This explosion of musical decentralization has sent shockwaves through the industry that has already changed the musical landscape forever.  But even though technology has massively benefited the music production, it hasn’t yet had quite the same positive impact on touring and live shows.  It’s time for that to change with the introduction of ARTIST LINK.

Artist Link is a new technology Groove Science Studios has been developing for over seven years now, enabling the next generation of the concert experience.  Artist Link connects fans and artists across the globe instantly, unlocking an abundance of novel benefits for both music creators and music lovers.  It’s about traveling thousands of miles in the blink of an eye, shattering barriers and being teleported to hyper-immersive virtual shared spaces where the limitations of reality no longer apply.  Let’s take a look at two scenarios of how this new technology can redefine how people interact with music. 

As an Artist:
One second you are sitting in your studio working on a new song, the next an alarm goes off to remind you it is time for your big show.  You slip on your HMD and step onto the main stage ready to perform.  You’re performing not just on a stage, but within a whole world you’ve helped design.   Tonight you’re choosing to operate your entire stage singlehandedly, a true one-man show.  Your worldwide fanbase is assembled into one venue, the stage scaling dynamically to accommodate everyone ranging from a dozen friends up to tens of thousands of fans.  Your audiovisual presentation is in a word, mind-blowing.  You are in total command of your audience and have their complete attention.  Hundreds of lasers fill the space around you but you never had to buy them, you never had to rent a vehicle to transport them, you never had to hire a crew to haul them.  There’s no safety or liability to worry about with them or any of your 50ft flame cannons, everything just works.  You perform your music live, blending realities by playing real instruments into the virtual world.  As the music builds, you take control of your fans’ vision via optical hack and melt the world around them.  For your big finale you blast off and fly through the crowd shooting fireworks into the audience, the crowd is lost in a sea of chromatic explosions.  The smoke clears, the crowd goes wild, you bow and take off your HMD, and you’re back in your studio ready to keep doing what you love – making music.   

As a Fan:
You arrive at the show three minutes before the start time and fly up to your perfect spot where all of your friends are waiting for you.   Your entire festival family is gathered together, you can tell who is who just by the way their avatar moves and translates their real-world motion 1:1. Your view is wholly uninterrupted with limitless room to dance, you are fully immersed in a world of no cell phones and no distractions.  Whether you are pressed against the stage, or you are flying overhead 1000′ above, the sound is flawless and magnificent within your favorite pair of headphones.  The visuals are somehow even more impressive, your mouth hangs open as the impossible repeatedly happens.  Out of the corner of your eye, you see a mobility-impaired friend soaring backward with arms outstretched, out of the other corner you see another pair of acquaintances painting audio-reactive streams of light out of their hands, collaborating on virtual art together.  Time stands still until the set is over seemingly as quickly as it began.  Your favorite artist comes down to greet you, passing you an invite to a special album release party happening later this month.  You take the money you would have spent on a ride getting home and instead donate it directly to the artist, a special 3d collectible from the event materializes in your inventory to forever remind you of the amazing time you had tonight.  You hang out with your friends for a few minutes gushing about the set, before taking off the headset and returning to your living room.  You grab a drink from your fridge, sit down, and smile.

Does this like sound like fantasy or science fiction?  It’s real, it’s Artist Link, and it begins this summer. If you’re interested, reach out, we want to hear from you – https://www.soundscapeuniverse.com/artist-survey/

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Geek Insider Podcast: Featuring Soundscape VR CEO – Watch Now!

June 3, 2020

On Season 4, Episode 5 of The Geek Insider Podcast, co-hosts Matthew Harris and Meredith Loughran sit down with Soundscape VR CEO, Eric Alexander to talk about Silica Sol, the fourth and largest virtual landscape to date, his journey from Burning Man to creating SVR, and what he hopes to accomplish in years to come.

Check out the podcast on any of the below platforms:

Geek Insider Website


Geek Insider Light Years Away Podcast Page


Video and audio are both available.

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Announcing The 50K Giveaway!!

May 21, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that the Soundscape Community has grown to include over 50,000 users from around the world! Music lovers….. gamers….. artists….. explorers…..all have found their way into the Soundscape Universe and we are so grateful for your continued support and feedback.

When Soundscape VR first debuted on the playa at Burning Man, our goal was the same as it is today – to revolutionize and redefine the way music can be experienced for music fans around the world. To celebrate, we’re teaming up with Edmeventz.com to giveaway some fantastic prizes!

Today, we are launching a brand new giveaway promotion! For the next month, you can enter (for free!) to win one of the following prizes:

First Prize – Oculus Rift S VR Headset
Second Prize – GeForce RTX 2070
Third Prize – GeForce RTX 2070
Fourth Prize – 100K Harmonia, in-game currency ($200 value)

Winners will be notified on June 21st.


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