Immersive Music Experience
Created and Produced by VRROOM
On October, 21 Jean-Michel Jarre released his 22nd album "OXYMORE", an immersive concert that was simultaneously played at the Palais Brongniart in multichannel format and in Virtual Reality on the social VR platform VRChat in an effort to bridge the gap between the real and virtual worlds.

Following the record-breaking New Year's Eve concert in Notre-Dame (2x Webby Honoree and 75 millions views worldwide across all devices and media), Jean-Michel Jarre and VRROOM teamed again to push the boundaries even further with this groundbreaking, Quest-compatible 50-minute music journey through Oxyville, a virtual city, in 360 sound format.
Oxymore / Oxymoron is a figure of speech that aims to bring together two contradictory terms, two terms that come together unexpectedly: musique concrète, virtual reality, artificial intelligence.
OXYMORE. The Album
OXYMORE' is the first recording project of this scale,
Entirely conceived and composed in multi channel and binaural.

The album is also a tribute to the roots of French electronic music and an homage to the late French composer Pierre Henry.

Available in Stereo, Binaural, 5.1, and Dolby Atmos.
The project launches a groundbreaking new VR universe known as 'OXYVILLE'.

OXYMORE is an homage to Pierre Henry - a pioneer of acousmatic art and one of the most prominent figures of the French school of concrete music. Pierre Henry bequeathed a series of compositions to Jean-Michel Jarre during his lifetime, with the mutual wish to create a collaborative work.

Jean-Michel Jarre's OXYMORE was broadcasted live on VRChat in Oxyville, the XR capital of music and sound designed by Pavel Pavlyukov and produced by VRROOM.

Quest-compatible virtual city is inspired by iconic musical instruments of the earliest stages of electronic music.

The intangible shadow of Pierre Henry hangs over the immersive work, inviting the public to lose themselves in an unexpected acoustic journey orchestrated by Jean-Michel Jarre.

The music and visual styles were created at the same time with mutual influence and inspiration to each other. As a result, Oxyville is a city with 11 districts designed to match the concert's 11 movements that the audiences can explore in full immersion.

Live performances in spatial audio happened at Palais Brongniart, Paris on October 23, 24 and 25. To celebrate the launch of the album, Jarre performed 'OXYMORE' live in 360 spatial audio at the prestigious Palais Brongniart in Paris, in partnership with GL Events.
Real life concerts were broadcasted to OXYVILLE as Holograms and on-screen videostream.
Using the virtual cameras integrated into the world by XR Director Georgy Molodtsov, each VR concert was shot as a cinematic experience, where visitors became actors on the virtual film set. Multicam livestream from the Virtual World Oxyville was made on October 24 to major social media platforms and was available in replay for 1 week.

Extract from the broadcast:
You can visit OXYMORE Official World in VRChat
(accessible through PC, PC VR and Meta Quest / Meta Quest 2)
Download VRChat and create an account. Once you're inside VRChat in your headset, search for 'OXYMORE Official WOrld' in the WORLDS tab or you can launch the world from your browser.

Oxyville is a virtual city built in VRChat with the goal of maximum compatibility with the most popular devices - Meta/Oculus Quest and PC VR Headsets; it also includes a PC desktop version. The majority of virtual events happening in the popular platform VRChat are PC-only.

The total size of the Quest-compatible Oxyville world is just 35 MB.
That was achieved by the artistic style of art director, Pavel Pavlyukov, 3D Supervisor Dmitry Vorobiev, who created the world without post effects, artificial light sources, and using simple textures and geometry, with the support of VRrOOm's integration and gamification team Antony Vitillo, Lapo Germasi and Victor Pukhov.

OXYVILLE is not just a virtual concert venue.
Visitors and guests of Oxyville were invited to take part in the shootings of the official videoclips for different compositions from the album.
As of now, "Epica" and "Brutalism" are released publicly:
In addition to that, journalists are invited to join Jean-Michel Jarre in the OXYVILLE to explore it together:
User's Journey
Concert begins in front of the Virtual Palais Brongniart
Visitors appear in their usual VRChat avatars and walks out of the metro station straight to the entrrance of Palais
After passing the doors of Palais, visitors are teleported to Vortex – same space as you can see on the cover of the OXYMORE Album. Visitors could not pass through the guards without changing into one of the avatars, created in the style of the world to fit to virtual environment.
When everyone is gathered together, concert starts
For VIP sessions we collected all our guests in the Pantheon inside the Vortex. After the brief introduction, show starts and visitors falls from the sky to OXYVILLE
Music Journey
All visitors are teleported together from district to district as the concert unfolds. They can enjoy holographic stream of Jean-Michel, explore the district for the duration of the track and meet local residents.
Q&A with Jean-Michel Jarre
At the end of VIP sessions, Jean-Michel Jarre joins the crowd of virtual fans from all over the world to have a short Q&A
Preview concert – January 21-23, 2022
Jean-Michel Jarre plays 5 concerts of unreleased music for the upcoming album "OXYMORE" within Hyper Weekend Festival for a limited audience of 200 people / each concert.
VR Concert Preview
Matching the numbers of people in real life, VR Concert happens to a limited amount of visitors
(200 per concert) with a live broadcast from the physical event without rebroadcasting to social media
October 21, 2022
Jean-Michel Jarre releases his 22nd album "OXYMORE" with a cover connecting the music and the virtual world together.
October 23-25, 2022
Physical Concerts + VR Concerts + Social Media Broadcast
Updated world become accesible to everyone with the major concert being broadcasted on October 24th from Palais Brogniart to VR World as hologram and video, and from VR World to the traditional social media.

  • Jean-Michel Jarre
    Music and Creative Direction
    Jean-Michel Jarre has always been a futurist in his field. Throughout his illustrious career, the composer, performer, producer and cultural ambassador has continued to break new ground with his music and his mastery of creative innovation. From his early pioneering role in electronic music, his use of multi-channel audio technology and production, to his recent explorations into the realms of VR performance and the metaverse, technology is at the forefront of everything he does. He is quoted as claiming that "today is the most exciting time to create, to make music, and to share across so many mediums".

    Jarre is UNESCO ambassador for education, science and culture, an unconditional defender of the planet and the environment and Laureate of the Stephen Hawking Medal for scientific communication.

  • Pavel Pavlyukov
    Art Director and 3D Artist
    3D Artist with his own visual style, Pavel is working in the design and 3D fields for over 15 years. Together with Dmitry Vorobiev (3D Supervisor of "OXYMORE" project) Pavel created indie VR game "FRUSTRAIN". The Visual style of the game inspired Jean-Michel Jarre to collaborate together on OXYVILLE, which led to the creation of the unique atmosphere of OXYVILLE with some reference to the original Frustrain game.
Music and Creative Direction: Jean-Michel Jarre
Creative Producer: Louis Cacciuttolo
Art Director / 3D Artist: Pavel Pavlyukov
VR&Film Director / Producer: Georgy Molodtsov
3D Supervision / R&D: Dmitry Vorobyov
3D Animation/Rigger: Vlad Maleev
Chief Developer: Antony Vitillo
Technical Artist: Lapo Germasi
Technical Artist: Victor Pukhov
Rigger: Lucas Butel
Production Coordinator: Maud Clavier
Broadcasting/2D Video: David Montagne/Yeh Che
Hologram: François Bouille
On January 21-23 Jean-Michel Jarre and VROOM showcased a live preview of Jean-Michel Jarre's latest opus "Oxymore", an immersive concert that was simultaneously played at the Hyper Weekend Festival's first edition at Maison de la Radio in Paris and in VRChat as a simplified "work in progress" world of OXYVILLE.
Preview Version of the project was nominated for Webby Award in 2022 (Best Music Nominee, Best Installation or Experience Honoree), as well as received Crystal Owl Award for Best Production Design.

Final Version of the OXYMORE received Honourable Mention at the Raindance Film Festival 2022 for Best Immersive Performance, Producers Guild of America Innovation Award Nominee 2023, A-Maze Honorable Mentioning.
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