Spheres Review: Finding Poetry And Symphony In The Wonders Of The Universe

Spheres Review: Finding Poetry And Symphony In The Wonders Of The Universe

Spheres is an educational VR space app unlike any other. Whereas the likes of Star Chart and Titans of Space can enamor you with fantastical sights and plentiful facts, Spheres is the first VR app to truly embrace the awesome force of our universe and harness your headset to showcase it like never before. It does so in spectacular fashion, making it little wonder as to how it secured a seven-figure deal.

The Darren Aronofsky-produced experience consists of three episodes, each around 10 minutes in length. Every installment explores a particular phenomenon within our galaxy and beyond, from the warped machinations of a black hole to the birth of the planet we inhabit. Writer/Director Eliza McNitt finds a common thread to link these installments – sound. We watch magnetic fields soar past our ears, screeching as they go, and tap away at the beginnings of the universe as if it were a xylophone that’s had its bars scattered across the cosmos.

There’s a privileged beauty to experiencing it akin to hearing whale song for the first time. But it’s a visual feast, too, exposing the invisible workings of our galaxy in ways that are truly a sight to behold. Crucially, there’s interactivity at its heart. Spheres doesn’t just want you to watch, it wants to turn you into a celestial being capable of moving planets and toying with the very DNA of our universe. The blend of these three pillars — sight, sound and interaction — creates a 30-minute package that’s constantly astounding you in one way or another, like an interstellar playground that keeps on giving.

But it’s the second episode, narrated in measured whispers by Jessica Chastain (who only fuels the Interstellar comparisons we’ve already made), that’s the real standout. It’s a no-compromise journey into the center of a black hole with dizzying but extraordinary results. A light show like no other ensnares you as you find yourself in a hectic haze of gravity. Perhaps most tellingly, it’s an educational experience I won’t soon forget.

Spheres is VR’s equivalent to Planet Earth or Blue Planet, a high-production tour de force that will sweep you up in the majesty of the universe around us and leave you wide-eyed and overwhelmed. It’s one of the most competent showcases of how VR can truly give you an experience unlike anything else, and it’s not to be missed.

Final Say: Must See

Spheres is available now on Oculus Rift for $9.99.

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The Biggest VR Releases Of The Week Of 11/11/18

The Biggest VR Releases Of The Week Of 11/11/18

November, as a whole, is really shaping up to be a big month for new VR releases. There have been some solid new games and plenty of surprising new experience apps to try.

If you’re playing catch up, you can check out last week’s list here and our full list of everything dropping in November right here.

Crow: The Legend, from Baobab
Price: Free (Rift, Go, Gear VR)

Synopsis from our review:

A lot of people talk about how VR is an empathy machine, but when the snow comes and you just made life harder for a bunch of cute little animals it can force you to feel not just for them but the seasons themselves. I found it so much fun to change the seasons, do you think that’s why the seasons change? I felt that question while wearing the headset, but it wasn’t until writing this article I figured out how to put it into words.

Therein is the true magic of Crow: The Legend.

Runes: The Forgotten Path, from StormBorn Studio
Price: $24.99 (Rift, Vive, Windows VR)

Were a fan of The Wizards? Then you’re probably gonna dig Runes: The Forgotten Path. Similarly, it’s a single-player magical action adventure game. One thing that sets Runes apart from other games of this type though is that it’s more heavily based on hand movements creating “runes” than others.

You can read our old preview from mid-last year here.

Age of Sail, from Google Spotlight Stories
Price: Free (Rift, Vive)

Synopsis from our review:

Directed by Oscar-winner, John Kahrs, Age of Sail is a 12 minute VR short that you can see as a 2D movie or inside a mobile VR headset, but it’s best viewed via a Steam download on Rift and Vive. It’s a piece about the changing of the guard and finding a place for yourself in the new world, two topics that it explores with an on-the-nose metaphor and a touch of warming affection.

Megalith Beta, from Disruptive Games
Price: Free (PSVR)

Megalith is now available for free in Open Beta for everyone with a PSVR. You can download it right now from the PSN Store. The beta period is expected to last for “a couple months” and will contain access to two of the five planned “Titans” or hero characters. Every week the rotation of access will change so that all Open Beta players have access to the same assortment at any given time.

Read more in our our preview.

Echo VR, from Ready at Dawn
Price: $9.99 (Rift)

Echo Combat provides a new twist on the zero-gravity gameplay first seen in Echo Arena and Lone Echo. You’ll take part in online battles in which you’ll seek to gun down other players as you throw yourself across arenas, protecting objectives and looking to destroy enemy targets.

The game’s going to launch with an assortment of new maps and weapons. Oculus also revealed that it’s bumping team sizes from 3v3 to 4v4 and confirmed that the game will feature a new progression system in which you’ll gain experience in public matches to unlock new cosmetic customization options. Oculus says Ready At Dawn will continue to support the game throughout 2019, so expect even more content down the line.

Read our previews for more details here and here.

Spheres, from Novelab and CityLights
Price: $9.99 (Rift)

Synopsis from our hands-on:

Spheres is a short VR experience about the vastness of space and simulating the sights and sounds of two blackholes colliding. To date, it’s the first VR experience I’ve had that replicates a small portion of what it feels like to watch a Christopher Nolan film. I was immediately reminded of Interstellar. It’s haunting, beautiful, and breathtaking.

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The Wonder of the Universe Continues to Amaze in Spheres

Humanity has always had a wonderful fascination with the stars and the universe around us, enamoured with the sheer vastness and danger that lays in wait as we learn and take ever deeper steps into the darkness of space. The subject makes for perfect virtual reality (VR) material, with some of my favourite content taking place in space, whether it’s educational like Overview or purely fictional and entertainment-based such as Downward Spiral: Horus Station. The latest to catch my eye was a VR experience – not a videogame – called Spheres.

SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime screenshotSpheres isn’t one but three VR shorts all written and directed by Eliza McNitt, with each one featuring a different narrator. The first chapter, Chorus of the Cosmos, has the vocal talents of Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), the second chapter, Songs of Spacetime is narrated by Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar) and the third, Pale Blue Dot, features American singer-songwriter Patti Smith.

It was thanks to Sphere’s debut during the Sundance Film Festival that helped to propel it into the spotlight, with CityLights purchasing the VR experience for an undisclosed seven-figure sum, breaking festival records. This was what drew my fascination for Spheres, could a VR short about the cosmos really be worth all that cash, because someone obviously thought so, and to that end is it worth spending $10 on.

I love that fact that VR content isn’t just about videogames. Titles like Allumette are just as enjoyable to sit back and watch as those with interactive elements such as Manifest 99. Spheres certainly falls into the latter category, giving just short moments where you can touch planets or alter sound waves. While these moments help you understand and further connect you to the content, it’s the visual and audible elements that truly amaze and inspire.

SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime screenshotYou don’t have to be a fan of astronomy to appreciate what McNitt and PROTOZOA Pictures have created, as all three pieces employ a viewpoint that unique and barely addressed in other titles, and that’s sound. This gives Spheres a mesmerising soundtrack that doesn’t solely rely on orchestras and traditional musical scores. It’s about the harmonics of life, from the beginning of the Big Bang to the way elements react together to form waves indiscernible by our own senses.

But Spheres is every bit as much a visual feast as it is an audible treat. The designs or the planets, solar system, galaxies, and black holes are a joy to behold. A personal favourite – and likely for many viewers – comes during Songs of Spacetime as part of the black hole sequence. I won’t spoil it too much but it was certainly worth a second watch straight after the first.

While the content isn’t overly long, for the production values and talent on offer I don’t see the price as being unreasonable. If you’re all about VR action then I’d probably give it a miss. Spheres is one of those titles that may entice the casual consumer but I can see it getting a far better reception as an interactive piece in a museum for example. If CityLights could get Spheres into places like the UK’s National Space Centre – which has plenty of school-friendly educational exhibits – then it’ll go down a storm.

Award-Winning VR Space Experience ‘SPHERES’ Lands on Rift

SPHERES is a three-chapter space experience from Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures and writer/director Eliza McNitt that takes you on a trip through a universe filled with sound. Once featured at film festivals the world over, including Sundance and the Venice Film Festival where it won the Grand Prize in VR, the experience is now available on Oculus Rift for $10.

You’re taken on a breathtaking journey through the universe where you’ll play with the full gamut of electromagnetic waves, start the big bang with a tap on the center of the universe, and witness a visual feast of the planets as they sing out in a choral reverberation. Simply put, SPHERES is a gorgeous example of attention to visual detail mashed up with poetic voice overs that illustrate how our solar system, while seemingly devoid of life outside the confines of our planet, is not a silent or still place.

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While not only a visual and audio treat, haptics play a big part too, as your Touch controllers oscillate from different vibrational pithces when you point them towards planets which reveal their magnetospheres, or when you play with the beginnings of the universe’s cosmic microwave background, displayed as undulating red light.

The Oculus Store page for SPHERES rates it as a ‘comfortable’ experience, although that advisory isn’t wholly true for the entire 40-minute duration of the three chapters done all at once. A few times I had to shut my eyes so I could find my footing again, as I was taken close to black holes that whip dying stars into a fast-paced light show, and flew through the universe in a largely black void without a strong point of near-field visual reference to keep me surefooted. Most of the twisty turn bits on your tour through the solar system are fairly slow and deliberate though, so it stands to reason that most people will be fine for a single 10 – 12 minute chapter in a single session. That said, I never felt the dreaded sim sickness sweats, only a slight disorientation from the experience’s sweeping gallivant through space.

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While it’s an awesome feat of sound engineering and VR development prowess, I found it wasn’t entirely adapted to the home user. Each chapter comes with a lengthy intro and credits roll that seem more at home in an expo demo space rather than in your living room or home office. At moments I just wanted to stop, sit and listen to the universe sing, but SPHERES pushes you along at its own pace, presumably to get you in and out of each chapter under the 15 minute mark. That’s ultimately my only gripe with SPHERES.

Here’s a quick summary of each chapter:

  • Chapter I: Chorus of the CosmosPlanet Earth sings. Our solar system becomes a musical instrument as we discover the Universe through sound. Narrated by Millie Bobby Brown.
  • Chapter II: Songs of Spacetime – Dive into the heart of a black hole to uncover the breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves. Fall into the darkness, and you will find the light. Narrated by Jessica Chastain.
  • Chapter III: Pale Blue DotThe Big Bang was silent. Then came sound. Travel from the edge of the cosmos to uncover the strangest song of all. Narrated by Patti Smith.

SPHERES was one of five Oculus-funded experiences to debut at Sundance this year, and while it celebrated success there among festival-goers, the experience was ultimately purchased in a staggering “seven-figure deal” by distribution firm CityLights.

The experience is said to launch on other platforms besides Rift at some point. Check out the trailer below from the second chapter, Songs of Spacetime.

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VR Series Spheres Takes Oculus Rift Viewers on a Cosmic Journey

During the Sundance Film Festival in January, virtual reality (VR) series Spheres broke festival records when it was purchased for an undisclosed seven-figure deal by CityLights. Now Oculus Rift users can see what all the fuss was about, with Spheres now available for purchase through Oculus Store.

SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime screenshot

Directed and written by Eliza McNitt, executive produced by PROTOZOA PICTURES’ Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, and Dylan Golden, Spheres is inspired by the idea that space is not silent—in fact, it’s actually full of sound,” McNitt states.

The three-part series world premiered at the Venice Film Festival with the debut of the first chapter, Chorus of the Cosmos, narrated by Millie Bobby Brown. The second chapter, Songs of Spacetime, world premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, takes viewers into the heart of a black hole and was narrated by Jessica Chastain. The third chapter, Pale Blue Dot, journey’s from the edge of the cosmos, premiering at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and was narrated by Patti Smith.

“It’s been a dream to collaborate with this team to bring Spheres to life,” said writer and director Eliza McNitt. “This experience makes the invisible Universe visible as you become the cosmos. I’m thrilled to release Spheres on the Oculus Rift and transport you to worlds beyond our own.”

SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime screenshot

“We at CityLights are excited to share SPHERES on the Oculus Rift platform after the amazing feedback it’s received since it first premiered at Sundance,” said Joel Newton with CityLights. “It’s just the beginning and we’re now looking forward to what’s to come in NYC this coming January at its first residency.”

The complete series of Spheres can be purchased through Oculus Store for $9.99 USD. For further updates on the project, keep reading VRFocus.

Soundtrack For VR Experience Spheres Released By Lakeshore Records

Lakeshore Records have announced that they are releasing the soundtrack to the three chapter virtual reality (VR) series entitled Spheres. The immersive experience focuses on the human connection with the cosmos with a soundtrack that enhances the journey. Composed and performed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (S U R V I V E, Stranger Things) the soundtrack has been released digitally in stereo, binaural and surround for total immersion.

SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime screenshot

Spheres was written and directed by Eliza McNitt (Fistful of Stars, Without Fire) and is planned to be released on the Oculus Rift later this fall and be presented by City Lights and Protozoa Pictures. Recently the series won the ‘Best Virtual Reality Award’ at the Venice Film Festival, where the first and third chapters made their debut. Through the three chapters viewers are treated to an interactive and immersive VR experience that explores the Universe through sound.

In chapter one: Chorus of the Cosmos the planet Earth sings and the solar system becomes an instrument as viewers listen to the music play out while the chapter is narrated by Millie Booby Brown. In chapter two: Songs of Spacetime, users dive into the heart of a black hole to uncover the breakthrough discover of gravitational waves. Fall into the darkness and find the light with narrative by Jessica Chastain. The final part of the series, chapter three: Pale Blue Dot viewers journey from the edge of the cosmos to uncover the strangest song of all while narrative by Patti Smith.

SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime screenshot

“When Eliza asked if we wanted to work on this project it didn’t take much to convince us. One of the most exciting aspects of writing for this type of experience is the interactivity and utilizing the spatial orientation of the viewer to control different parameters of the audio.” Said Dixon and Stein: “With all of the interaction and spatial arrangement, it made sense for the album to have as much movement as possible, so we created 7.4.1, 5.1 & Headphone X binaural mixes to try and recreate the score as accurately as possible. Technology aside, it’s always great when your director says “it’s not weird enough” or “it sounds too much like music.” Coming from an experimental background this is exactly the kind of note we like to get when creating a score.”

The soundtrack for Spheres can be listened to right now on Bandcamp and for more on the soundtrack and the VR experience in the future, keep reading VRFocus

Spheres Wins Best Virtual Reality Award At Venice Film Festival

Over the last week you’ll likely be aware that VRFocus has been covering all the news related to immersive experiences coming out of this year’s Venice Film Festival.  Now the festival has revealed the winners of its annual awards, with Eliza McNitt’s interactive virtual reality (VR) experience Spheres securing the top prize.
SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime screenshot“I’m truly honoured to receive the award,” McNitt said in a statement. “It’s remarkable to experience the oldest film festival in the world embrace the newest forms of storytelling.”
Spheres is a three-part series which takes viewers on a journey through space, discovering the sounds and the songs of the cosmos. The first chapter, Chorus of the Cosmos, narrated by Millie Bobby Brown turns the solar system into an instrument of sounds, inviting the viewer to play and listen to the planets as they sing. It made its debut at Venice this year. Jessica Chastain narrated the second chapter, Songs of Spacetime, about black holes and gravitational waves which premiered at Sundance in January.
The final part, Pale Blue Dot, on the origin of sound from the Big Bang is narrated by Patti Smith and debuted at Tribeca earlier this year.  All three episodes were shown together for the first time at Venice VR.
In a joint statement, Venice VR curators Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac said, “Spheres is an amazing VR experience that succeeds in blending thorough scientific discoveries with the most spectacular immersive rendering.”
Awards also went to Chuck Chae for The Nut Job spin-off Buddy VR, which shrinks users to the size of a mouse (see VRFocus‘ recent interview with developer Red Rover here) and Benjamin Nuel for Isle of the Dead, inspired by the painting of the same title by Arnold Böcklin.

Buddy VR

For the second year running, Venice Film Festival dedicated an entire island to the world’s best virtual reality experiences. Lazzaretto Vecchio, or VR island as it’s become known, featured 30 world or international premieres.
“Venice is the only festival in the world that is treating VR in this way,” said Rosenthal. “We have an official section with a jury and it is curated and exhibited in a beautiful way that gives an appetite to audiences.”
While the Venice Film Festival came under fire this year for only having one female film director competing for the Golden Lion top prize, on VR island there was a more balanced gender divide and many of the standout pieces were directed by women.
Alongside Spheres, notable experiences included Make Noise by May Abdalla where participants use the power of their voice to smash through the barriers faced by suffragettes during their fight to win the vote for women. Awavena, by VR pioneer Lynette Wallsworth, takes viewers deep into the Amazon on an ayahuasca journey, telling the story of the first Yawanawá woman to become a shaman. Umami by Landia Egal and Thomas Pons puts users into the body of a man on death row as he relieves his life through a series of Japanese dishes. And Home After War: Returning to Fear in Fallujah by Gayatri Parameswaran takes viewers into the home of a real Iraqi family who had been displaced by war but decide to return, even though entire neighbourhoods had been booby trapped by improvised explosive devices.
“Out of thirty projects in competition, twelve were directed by women,” said Rosenthal. “Our selection reflects the large number of exceptionally talented women who are working in the VR space.”

As we’ve seen in the last two years especially, film festivals are taking VR much more seriously now as a creative medium. As VR’s impact increases VRFocus will continue to bring you all the news regarding developments.

The First and Final Installment of SPHERES to debut at the Venice International Film Festival

The 75th Venice International Film Festival is soon to take place featuring plenty of glitz and glamour as the worlds film stars descend on the city for just over a week of cinematic screenings. As seems to be common place nowadays no film festival would be complete without a 360-degree or virtual reality (VR) film somewhere in the mix and Venice is no exception. Debuting at the event will be Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab project Home After War: Returning to Fear in Fallujah and the first and final installment of space exploration series SPHERES. 

Home After War

SPHERES made its original debut earlier this year showcasing episode 2 “Songs of Spacetime” at the Sundance Film Festival followed by Episode 3: “Pale Blue Dot” at the Tribeca Film Festival. During the Sundance Film Festival  Kaleidoscope revealed the series had secured a seven-figure deal, although the exact amount was never divulged.

Not only will Venice Film Festival attendees be able to see SPHERES Episode 1 “Chorus of the Cosmos” for the first time but also the other episodes as well. Executive produced by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, and René Pinnell, produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, and Dylan Golden, and directed by Eliza McNitt, SPHERES stars Jessica Chastain as the narrator.

“SPHERES is inspired by the idea that space is not silent—in fact, it’s actually full of sound,” said McNitt. “We’ve spent thousands of years studying the cosmos and trying to understand our place in the universe, but for the first time we’re listening to its music.”

SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime screenshot

Home After War: Returning to Fear in Fallujah follows the real-life story of an Iraqi family’s return to Fallujah after being displaced from their home by war. Directed by Gayatri Parameswaran from NowHere Media in partnership with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), viewers hear the story of Ahmaied as they are transported through his home learning about the ever-present threat posed by IEDs that litter the area.

The Venice International Film Festival has plenty more VR films on display if you happen to be heading to the city. If any more are added, VRFocus will keep you updated.

Oculus to Send 6 VR Projects to Tribeca Film Festival 2018

The Tribeca Film Festival starts next month, an annual screening of everything from indie documentaries to family-friendly films. Coming to the festival’s Immersive program, which showcases works by artists who are pushing boundaries and using cutting-edge technology, are six Oculus-funded projects.

Oculus most recently sent 5 VR experiences to the Sundance this year, one of which, SPHERES, was sold in a 7-figure deal while there. SPHERES is also taking part in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Many of the projects funded by Oculus came out of the company’s VR For Good program, which sees funding and expertise in VR film making go to causes for social change.

A total of 21 AR/VR projects are coming to the film festival (check out the full list here). Here’s all of the Oculus-funded projects heading to Tribeca next month:

Meeting a Monster

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Gabriela Arp + Life After Hate: Meeting a Monster examines the memories and motivations of former white supremacist Angela King. Through audio recordings, dramatic re-enactments, and present-day footage, the film invites us to experience both the stereotypes and bigotry that lured Angela into the white power movement as well as the encounters that led her back out. While the monsters of Angela’s past and imagination define much of the eight years she spent mired in bias and hate, she finds the path to redemption only after encountering and acknowledging the ultimate monster—herself.

The Hidden

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Lindsay Branham + International Justice Mission: In southern India, debt bondage enslaves entire families in a vicious cycle of deception and violence. The Hidden follows the developing case of a family of nine that has been enslaved in a rock quarry for 10 years—over the ludicrous sum of just $70 USD. Indian government representatives and human rights activists plot a raid to attempt to apprehend the creditor and free the family. The Hidden takes you to sites of active slavery and inside the rescue mission itself, bringing you face-to-face with two families as they endure the unspeakable.

Authentically Us: She Flies By Her Own Wings

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Jesse Ayala + Pride Foundation: Even as transgender visibility in pop culture continues to break glass ceilings, direct violence and discriminatory legislation against the transgender community continues to rise. Shannon Scott stands up at a time when her communities—proud transgender service-people and veterans of the US Armed Forces—are vulnerable and under attack. Shannon has dedicated her entire adult life to defending and safeguarding American citizens at home and abroad. Driven by the military tenet of “Leave No One Behind,” she seeks freedom and justice for all from the marbled halls of Washington, DC, to the hallowed ground of those who championed equality before her.

Campfire Creepers: Midnight March

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Directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes) and starring iconic ’80s horror icon Robert Englund of Freddy Krueger fame, this episodic narrative from Future Lighthouse and Dark Corner leverages the unique affordances of VR storytelling to chill and thrill audiences like never before.

Untitled Ok Go & WITHIN Project

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WITHIN Founder and CEO Chris Milk joins forces with OK Go’s Damian Kulash to let you and a friend experience the joy of music creation. Enter an environment surrounded by magical music-making contraptions, involving animals and robots wondrously working together with your help to create an original song.

SPHERES: Pale Blue Dot

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The Big Bang was silent. Then came sound. Journey through the history of sound in the Universe and uncover the strangest song of all. Following the premiere of the first episode of SPHERES at Sundance, Eliza McNitt returns to debut the second installment at Tribeca. And with an unprecedented deal signed as a result of the project’s first public showing, we can’t wait to see what the encore has in store.

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VR Series SPHERES Secures 7-Figure Deal at Sundance

Kaleidoscope has announced that a funding deal, secured via the platform, sees virtual reality (VR) series SPHERES become a record-breaking Sundance Film Festival reveal. The seven-figure deal, which neither distribution company CityLights nor Jess Engel, producer of SPHERES, are revealing the exact amount of, has set a new standard not just for VR, but for all film projects at the festival.

SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime

SPHERES is a three-part series in which users can explore space, and is set to debut on Oculus Rift later this year. Starring Jessica Chastain, SPHERES has been executive produced by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, and René Pinnell, produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, and Dylan Golden, and co-produced by Jill Klekas Basmajian. The first episode, Songs of Spacetime, premiered last weekend as part of Sundance’s New Frontier programming.

“A little more than three years ago we started Kaleidoscope in order to help artists secure funding for original VR experiences,” states an official communication from Kaleidoscope. “At the time only a handful of brave souls like Arnaud Colinart, Aaron Bradbury, and Arjan van Meerten were venturing into this new medium. But their work showed us the potential of virtual reality and made us believe in the power of immersive art and entertainment.

“Virtual reality is still in its infancy, and while this deal marks an important milestone for our burgeoning industry, there is much work yet to be done. We need an order-of-magnitude increase in funding for innovative projects like SPHERES. And, over the next few years, this is the future we want to help create.”

“This is a historic moment for the VR industry; it signifies that a viable storytelling medium has emerged,” stated Engel to WIRED. “Deals like this establish VR as its own marketplace for independent creators, producers, and investors.”

SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime screenshot

As stated above, SPHERES is expected to debut on Oculus Rift later this year. After that, CityLights has plans to expand to other platforms. No details on what these platforms – nor the price that SPHERES will be offered to consumers at – are currently available. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on SPHERES and other VR projects acquired by CityLights.