Arcade Fire and UAV image viewing!

Not everybody’s taste in music but a creative use of Google Earth and Street view adding animation to addresses selected by the user. It does not take much of a leap of imagination to make the link between unmanned aerial imagery collections and viewing of scenes via pre determined tracks.

The project, which Google says that it has been ‘playing around with for the last few months’ is designed to show just how far browsers have come in the past few years.

“Today we’re excited to launch a musical experience made specifically for the browser. Called “The Wilderness Downtown“, the project was created by writer/director Chris Milk with the band Arcade Fire and Google,” blogged Aaron Koblin of Google Creative Lab.

“Building this project on the web and for the browser allowed us to craft an experience that is not only personalized, but also deeply personal for each viewer.

Memory lane

“The Wilderness Downtown” takes you down memory lane through the streets you grew up in. It’s set to Arcade Fire’s new song “We Used to Wait” off their newly released album The Suburbs.

The project was built with the latest web technologies and includes HTML5, Google Maps, an integrated drawing tool, as well as multiple browser windows that move around the screen.”

Navigating complex scenes is something that is currently difficult to do with multiple images, seems like that’s going to change soon. The addition of animation within scenes also shows, what if, type situations, in this case. What if we planted some trees.

You will have to try it for yourself to see what I mean, its very impressive. Don’t try on a slow computer and it probably works best in Google Chrome.

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