The Wilderness Downtown

Usually I’m kinda ‘meh’ about music videos. I’m not impressed by scenery, there is virtually no acting in music videos so there isn’t that to apreciate. Maybe it stands out for being a bit psychodelic, but that’s the wrong kind of impressed. But this one, the music video to Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait”, is simply amazing.

Scene from the music video

It’s not your ordinary run-of-the-mill music video. It’s an interactive, generated on-the-fly, music video that happens on YOUR street (actually you can enter any street you want, and if you live in Romania it probably won’t work on your street because it there is no Streew View here yet).  Using the latest HTML5 wizardry, the video shows a guy running on some streets, first a generic street, which then turns to a top view of the street you entered. Then a dynamically generated flock of birds shows up, and then it starts showing you the Street View. And then it mixes everything up. And then it plants trees on your street. And did I mention it uses separate windows for all this?

Probably the people who don’t care for the technology won’t be so impressed, though even the result is quite nice, but the way it has been done shows that HTML5 and Javascript are now mature languages, which are capable of doing many AWESOME things. Next stop… infinity and beyond :D.

Oh, small problem: it works only in Firefox and Chrome. If you use anything else, you don’t deserve to watch it.


~ by rolisz on August 30, 2010.

7 Responses to “The Wilderness Downtown”

  1. Superb… m-o impresionat cateva chesti Roli:
    1) brilliant technology
    2) “If you use anything else you don’t deserve to watch” = )) epic
    3) ai scris despre asta inainte sa citesc despre ea din locu de unde ai aflat si tu : D

  2. Genial…
    Am incercat sa-l rulez in firefox si, desi cred ca firefox suporta ceva html5, ca si performanta nu se compara cu chrome

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