HTML5 + Google Street View = Music Video 2.0

The indie rock band from Toronto is no stranger to innovative and interesting music videos, their “Neon Bible” web music video was thoroughly amusing but its innovation is dwarfed by their latest release “We Used To Wait”.

The Arcade Fire

In this video, The Arcade Fire and Director Chris Milk create a holistically personalized music video  experience and they utilized HTML 5 technology to deliver it. The video starts by asking you to input your childhood home address after which it will pull images from Google Earth, and Google Street view and age them in order to incorporate them into their video giving the entire soundtrack a nostalgic feel. Midway through the video, the user is provided with the opportunity to write a postcard to the current resident of their childhood home bringing us full circle in our thoughts of how it felt to grow-up in our childhood home. There are also a few Easter eggs around the website as well.It is certainly interesting the sensation you get when seeing your familiar settings and home in a produced music video, it certainly makes it personal. So go ahead and try it out at:

What did you think of the video? How comfortable do you feel about going back in time to your childhood home? Looking forward to your feedback in the comment section.

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2 responses to “HTML5 + Google Street View = Music Video 2.0”

  1. Beiruta says:

    This can be a great experience and a sad one depending on the person's past… I had a lovely childhood so I think it would have been fun to try it out if it weren't for the fact that we still have my childhood home :)

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