Arcade Fire Release Personalized Interactive Music Video
Chris Milk created this personalized, interactive video for the Arcade Fire track "We Used to Wait" off The Suburbs, the group's latest full-length. While I have fairly mixed feelings about the album itself, this video is an amazing exploration of new media techniques and HTML5 programming.
The Wilderness Downtown is called "A Chrome Experiment," although it may work in any HTML5-compatible browser. It played fine for me in Safari. And, unlike the somewhat disappointing "interactive" Broken Bells video, this really does feel interactive. You start by inputting the address of your childhood home and the video takes off from there, spanning multiple windows and the entire available width of your desktop.
This work of art will be of interest not only to Arcade Fire fans, but to anyone interested in the wide range of possibilities available with new HTML and CSS standards. It's also a pretty great reason for anyone not using a standards-compliant browser for whatever reason to make the switch.
Link: The Wilderness Downtown