Monday, August 30, 2010

What do Arcade Fire and HTML5 have in common?

This week, a lot.

Today we’re excited to announce the band Arcade Fire’s new project “The Wilderness Downtown,” an interactive HTML5 music experience that is being showcased on Google’s Chrome Experiments site. The project was created by writer/director Chris Milk with Arcade Fire and Google.

We put everything except the proverbial kitchen sink into this project: It features HTML5 audio, video, and canvas, animated windows with JavaScript controllers, mash-ups with Google Maps and Street View APIs, and an interactive drawing tool. You can take a look at how all this works by viewing the source code.

Check out the project or learn more about the techniques used to make it happen at

We hope you enjoy it.


  1. Why can't all user experiences be like that?

  2. Stunning! It's experiences like this that make us all want to get into coding.