McCartney playing the piano next to a 360 degree virtual reality camera

Paul McCartney releasing virtual reality song featurettes

Paul McCartney is releasing a series of virtual reality features that will see him guide fans through some of his most well-known songs with archival footage and anecdotes about their recording process.

The musician is releasing the series of documentary short films to complement his compilation album, Pure McCartney.

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer technology used to simulate a user's physical presence. The six-part series will be available through the Jaunt VR app, available on iOS, Android, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Desktop 360.

McCartney previously worked with Jaunt on a video showing the singer performing the song ‘Live and Let Die’ at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

The first two VR features, ‘Coming Up’ and ‘Dance Tonight’, have already been released and see him explaining how the tracks were put together and reminiscing about the stories behind the songs.

'My Valentine', 'Mull of Kintyre' and 'Early Days' are set to follow and will be released episodically, starting today, and continuing through the coming weeks up to the release of ‘Pure McCartney'.

The episodes were filmed in the songwriter's private home studio and also feature rare archive footage.

They have also been paired with digitally remastered and spatially oriented ‘ambisonic audio’ mixed in Dolby Atmos.

Director Tony Kaye said: "It is an honour to be part of such a tremendously talented team of artists, tasked with documenting the thinking of this great man, in order to bring his fans a new means of experiencing some of his greatest songs.

"His musical genius is now on display for the world in an entirely new light."

President of Jaunt Studios Cliff Plumer said: "We used to see artists connect with their fans through album covers and liner notes but that personal expression, and deeper understanding of the music, has diminished over the years.

"With virtual reality, Paul McCartney is taking the most innovative step yet; he's connecting directly with his fans, to share his innermost thoughts and experiences, in an entirely new, personal and immersive way."

Further episodes will be released ahead of the album release on 10 June.

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