Fiber is an interactive VR experience that allows you to “step inside a song” and discover its full story, contributors and context.

Fiber is the result of a two month Summer Lab at the Open Music Initiative, which is a partnership between IDEO and Berklee College of Music. The OMI mission is to create an "open-source protocol for the uniform identification of music rights holders and creators." This currently manifests itself as an API that can be used to register and query information. Our job in the Summer Lab was to imagine a future where this information is open and accessible.

Our team took on the challenge of "identifying individuals for their contributions to single tracks in new works." We expanded on the prompt and focused on interactively telling the whole story of a song.

One of our early prototypes was a cube that could be exploded into shards. Each piece represented an element of the song, whether that be the guitar part or the person who mastered the track.

For our next iteration we focused on telling the story of a song instead of simply assembling information about it. We chose 'Same Drugs' by Chance the Rapper and crafted a virtual reality environment that the user can interact with to discover the narrative and context behind the music.

For more information about our ideas and development, check out our articles that we wrote throughout the process:

Part 1: Stepping Inside a Song
Part 2: Playing With Music
Part 3: So The Story Goes
Part 4: Fiber: Bringing The Story of a Song To Life

Read the OMI publication

Tools: Unity3D, D3.js