Dude goes 3D as Van Beethoven takes to the streets

Dude goes 3D as Van Beethoven takes to the streets


norman lebrecht

September 09, 2015

The van B is ready to roll on Friday.


The Los Angeles Philharmonic VAN Beethoven truck will tour Los Angeles, Sept. 11 – Oct. 18, 2015, offering five minutes of Beethoven Fifth in immersive, 360-degrees.

There’s also a free app to download in the Oculus and Gear VR stores.

And a how-it-was-made video.

press release:

Visitors will be welcomed aboard the customized VAN Beethoventruck, complete with carpet and seating from Walt Disney Concert Hall, where they’ll put on the Oculus headset and be transported to the iconic venue. The immersive visual private experience is augmented by a soundtrack that adapts to the viewer’s perspective; whether the viewer is in front of the orchestra, behind or standing amidst the symphony, the music will subtly shift to reflect listener-specific positions and enhance the feeling of being up-close-and-personal with the renowned orchestra.

VAN Beethoven will visit diverse communities throughout Los Angeles, including parks, cultural festivals, museums, and more, providing access to audiences that otherwise may not be able to attend. The full schedule of tour stops is at LAPhil.com/VANBeethoven.

Here’s how.

gustavo dudamel 3d


  • RW2013 says:

    Yawn or puke?
    I defy anyone to find anything positive about this.

    • John Borstlap says:

      The ‘positive’ thing is that people who don’t like classical music, can now pretend to like it but meanwhile enjoy the gadgets to which the music will be a mere sound track.

      • RW2013 says:

        Yes, but I’m concerned that the five minutes will overtax their attention spans. Wouldn’t two minutes be more user-friendly?

        • John Borstlap says:

          Maybe the dude has to sort-out special repertoire. Maybe Pintscher, Carter, Boulez, repertoire which does not require attention spans.

  • Milka says:

    One can both yawn and puke at this latest from Dudamel ,it is quite normal considering the
    source . But what is deplorable is the musicians if they can be called that lending their
    hard earned talents to this travesty . It does show the human condition where earning
    a buck overrides the sense of dignity and self respect .Where people once were taught to aspire they now are dragged down to the lowest common denominator .Should one
    be surprised considering the source?Didn’t this all start with fire works ??

  • Harry Kirschner says:

    In time, he could use this to conduct the orchestra from anywhere. The evolution of phoning it in.

    His detractors may say he does that now.

  • VirtualReality Times (@virtrealitytime) says:

    Van Beethoven is a good attempt to synchronize classical with modern technology.

    • John Borstlap says:

      Maybe, but Beethoven does not need modern technology to be understood. Modern people need Beethoven to understand themselves.

  • V.Lind says:

    I’m hard-pressed to see the point of this, which must, aside from anything else, have been very expensive. If you need this sort of glitz to respond to Beethoven, you are likely to feel very ripped off if it makes you venture into a concert hall — which is already a three-dimensional experience, absent some of these bells and whistles.

  • WWBIII says:

    I guess it’s hard to hear or see when you have you head up your ass.