The late David Bowie’s music is already immersive on many levels, but that’s now reflected in the mixes themselves. All of Bowie’s post-2000 studio albums (Heathen, Reality, The Next Day and Blackstar) plus a live album (A Reality Tour) have been remixed in Sony’s 360 Reality Audio for release on Amazon Music Unlimited, Deezer and Tidal on January 21st. You can also listen to four of the A Reality Tour songs today (January 6th) at 7PM Eastern through Sony Square and YouTube, and through the Artist Connection mobile app afterward.
Importantly, longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti was responsible for the mixes. This is as close as you’ll get to a Bowie-approved mix in 2022, in other words, and it’s a fitting tribute for the rock legend’s imminent 75th birthday. You can use any headphones to listen in 360 Reality Audio, although Sony would clearly prefer you use its products.
This won’t satisfy fans who want 360-degree mixes of full classic albums like Hunky Dory or Low (really, the album with “Sound and Vision” didn’t get a rework?). You likewise won’t be thrilled if you prefer services like Apple Music or Spotify. Only a handful of Bowie songs have received the spatial audio treatment to date, though — this is still a treat for enthusiasts eager for some audio bliss.
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