Known to the world as Avicii, Tim Bergling brought joy to millions of fans through groundbreaking live performances and an innovative sound that ushered global electronic dance music (EDM) into the mainstream. Although he left us all too soon in 2018, his memory and the music live on. And on June 6, you can experience the world premiere of Avicii’s new album TIM, live in Oculus Venues on Oculus Go and Gear VR.
TIM is a 12-track collection of new music, including collaborations with Chris Martin, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, and Aloe Blacc, whom Avicii fans will recognize as the soaring vocalist behind “Wake Me Up.” We’re honored to partner with Avicii Music and Geffen Records to bring the album to life through music visualization in a social VR experience. Beginning at 10:00 am PT on June 6, the album will play at the top of each hour for a 12-hour event where people around the world can come together and share the experience.
“Produced primarily between January and April 2018, these songs represent Bergling’s most recent thoughts and vision,” explains music journalist Katie Bain. “And while Avicii was Bergling’s brand, Tim is who he really was. The title of this project honors his essential spirit.”
“In my time working with Tim, we’d always discussed how important the VR takeover would be and the endless shifts in thinking we would all have, from music videos to live music and—most importantly—tweaking the album experience,” says Geffen Records President Neil Jacobson. “The music album is in a challenged place right now, and VR can be a vehicle to bring that format into its next iteration. To a small degree, we are playing with that idea in this TIM virtual reality album listening experience.”
— The Oculus Team
Avicii’s net proceeds from the album will go to the non-profit Tim Bergling Foundation in support of its work to, among other things, address mental health issues and help prevent suicide.