Undergraduate Student, Rochester Institute of Technology
Hi! I'm Zachary Talis (they/them), a fourth-year student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I'm pursuing a major in Virtual Reality and Digital Identity Studies, as well as a minor in Music and Technology. I'm also an electronic/ambient musician, currently developing the VR musical experience Full Bloom as part of a team. My field of study explores the synthesis of digital spaces with social communication and identity, particularly queer identity. Cultural signaling in VR parallels the signaling that arises from physical spaces. My audio-centric minor helps me navigate the specifics of convincing sound within shared virtual environments. Formally, my major is a B.S. in Applied Arts and Sciences.
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Experience the debut of "Fervor in Full Bloom," an audience-led audiovisual piece that utilizes both Mozilla Hubs and Discord.
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(and within the #fullbloom Discord channel) VR researcher Zachary Talis explains how they and a team of fellow students sculpted a musical language around virtual physicality. Building off the work of musicians Peter Ferry and Elliot Cole, the team implemented a system of Blooms, flower-inspired VR objects that act as diegetic, user-parsable note sequences. "Fervor in Full Bloom" reutilizes Bloom methodology, transcribing user messages into ambient noise and video for the virtual space.
The piece explores matters of digitization, language, and abstraction. Attendees, prepare to type in Discord while within the Mozilla Hubs room. For more information regarding the Full Bloom VR title, see:
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