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Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Comes to Life in New Interactive App

The 360-degree 3-D app presents a journey through Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s subconscious.
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By Christopher Scapelliti

“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”

That was the question Queen asked in their 1975 classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” And it’s a question you’ll probably be asking when you view the new interactive Bohemian Rhapsody Experience.

Queen’s surviving members teamed up with Google Play and Enosis VR to create this 360-degree 3-D app, which runs on both iOS and Android. The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience presents a journey through Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s subconscious (see the screenshots below) and recreates the sensation of being onstage with the band, with visual and audio elements that respond to your movements.

“It’s fully interactive, where most of the things are triggered by your gaze,” Enosis founder Vangelis Lympouridis tells the Creators Project. “As you view it, a lot of things pop up in front of your eyes. You don’t necessarily feel that you trigger them, but you do. Where your attention goes, that’s where action unfolds.”

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Best of all for audiophiles, Dolby laboratories remixed the original master tapes for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” from 1975’s A Night at the Opera, and got a thumbs-up for their work from none other than Queen guitarist Brian May.

“Brian May said it’s unbelievable how immersive the mix is and that we a great job,” Lympouridis says. “Having the band proclaim that the audio is superior is obviously really great.”

You can download the free app via Google Play at the official site or at the App Store. You can also watch the interactive through Google Cardboard or as a 360-degree video on your mobile device.

Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes tour of how the Bohemian Rhapsody Experience was created.