Monday, October 11, 2010

Arcade Fire : funny & pedagogical on Google Chrome Experiments

Well, talking about music and pedagogy, why not share with you an interesting project! Music and Google maps!

So, let's talk about it! Arcade Fire! Do you know this indie rock band don't you?! Here, the last project of Arcade Fire! An innovative project, using the latest Technologies.

So, Google joined this Canadian rock band Arcade Fire to conceptualize an interactive video that shows some of the potentialities of the new "markup" language.

The Wilderness Downtown choreographed windows, interactive flocking, custom rendered maps, real-time compositing, procedural drawing, 3D canvas rendering... this Chrome Experiment has them all.

The Wilderness Downtown is an interactive interpretation of Arcade Fire's song "We Used To Wait" and was built entirely with the latest open web technologies, including HTML5 video, audio, and canvas.


The Wilderness Downtown, an interactive film by Chris Milk, is part of the new album of Arcade Fire.

It demands our interaction using Google Maps and Street View to include these resources in the video images from the town where we are or live! 

Google Maps API for fetching dynamic routes to destination and checking Street View content at points along the route.

On the website, we must enter the address of the town where we grew up and... it's awesome! 

I did the experience and it is marvellous! I just loved it!

Listening the song that goes on in our city, following several browser windows 3D that open and close at the music rythm. At the end of the interactive video, an ecological message! Trees for everywhere! Wow! It's amazing!

Street detection for animated trees composited dynamically in place over Street View.

A postcard is created by an analog signal: you! This site takes that postcard and converts it to digital. The Wilderness Machine brings it back to analog. 

Look for it on tour with the band in North America. If you're lucky enough to get someone's postcard from it, plant it. A tree will grow out of it.


Awesome tool to include in Geo-studies and Music curricula! Your students will be so surprised! And they will enjoy it so much! 

On Arcade Fire website, they must enter the address of their home town... and there they are! 

Listening the song that goes on in their city, students will explore it, following several browser windows 3D that open and close at the music rythm.

And why not join it at Music curriculum (in and around)? Indie rock? Of course!

Music curriculum must be captivating! I am sure that your students will be so glad!  

It could be a good cross-curricular project. Think about it.

Curricula: Geo studies; Music.

Level: Elementary and Secondary Education (up-to 10)

Oh! What a fantastic lesson! Using mobile devices (ipads or smartphones) in the classroom, of course! 

Ready to start a BYOD lesson Education must move with the time. This is a new time in education.


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