DISTURBED has released a virtual reality experience for the band's certified-platinum single, a cover version of SIMON & GARFUNKEL's "The Sound Of Silence", via Littlstar, the premier global network dedicated to immersive virtual reality and 360-degree video. The video was produced by Dekker Dreyer of Clever Fox, and was directed by Matt Mahurin, who also created the visually stunning official video for "The Sound Of Silence", which has accumulated more than 125 million YouTube views.
Set in a dystopian world, the VR experience expands on the universe first introduced in the official video. Mahurin explains: "It was a thrill and a challenge (and maybe a bit ironic) to use the innovative and immersive world of VR to explore the disconnect of direct human connection that results from the addictive world of social media."
Fans can experience "The Sound Of Silence" through Littlstar's apps for the web, iOS, Android, VR headsets including the Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Sony's Bravia TV, Apple TV and the new PSVR.
Instructions: If you have a VR headset (Oculus, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear, or HTC Vive) — please download the Littlstar app from the relevant app stores on each device. "The Sound Of Silence" experience will be front and center once you launch the app.
Don't have a headset? No problem! You can view the experience in 360 degrees on your phone by downloading the Littlstar app for free here, or by going here. Click the HD button in the bottom right hand corner of the player for optimal viewing.
To explore the full 360 degrees, move the video view by moving your phone or by using your touchscreen. If you're on a desktop, click and drag your cursor.
DISTURBED frontman David Draiman recently said that the band has been surprised by the huge commercial success of its cover of "The Sound Of Silence". He said: "It keeps on spreading to parts of the world that either we've never been to or that are just discovering it. The track is, as of yesterday, No. 2 on the iTunes Top 100 in Germany, it's No. 3 in Luxembourg, it's No. 1 in Slovenia. I mean, some places that we've literally… I've never been to Slovenia before. So it's pretty amazing to see how many people have been embracing it and how widely it's been embraced."
DISTURBED went on hiatus at the end of 2011, with Draiman and the other members of the band all pursuing other projects for several years before returning in 2015.