Although next week will mark the late David Bowie's 72nd birthday, his fans and admirers are the ones receiving a gift in the form of an augmented reality app that explores the artist's career
Available for $7.99 on the App Store and Google Play on January 8, "David Bowie Is" packs a virtual recreation of the eponymous touring exhibit, which has drawn two million visitors in 12 cities to date.
The app is collaboration between the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and consists of more than 20 virtual galleries exploring the various eras and aspects of Bowie's career, spanning from his childhood influences to his final album, Blackstar, with stops at milestones such as his hit song "Space Oddity" and the "Ziggy Stardust" tour along the way.
Each gallery presents 3D models of costumes alongside album art, handwritten music and lyric sheets, magazine advertisements, music videos, concert footage, and other memorabilia, which fans can view up close and personal in AR. Award-winning actor Gary Oldman (Harry Potter, The Dark Knight), a close friend of Bowie, serves as narrator throughout the tour, though Bowie's music and interview clips take center stage for the majority of the experience.
"This brings the amazing 'David Bowie Is' exhibition to a wider audience," said Oldman in a statement. "It's great that his fans get to experience it. It was a privilege to be involved."
While Next Reality scored a backstage pass to the AR museum by way of a beta version of the app, let me say that the app is worth the price of admission. Read more