Monday, October 29, 2012

Google Maps the Road to Darwin Records

Darwin Records has released a Google Map to promote the release of 'Iron in the Soul' by Sic Defence. Using the Styled Maps feature of the Google Maps API Darwin Records have turned off every layer in this map except the road layer. 

There have been more revolutionary Google Maps based apps to promote the release of new songs but the simple use of the Styled Maps feature in the Darwin Records map has resulted in a very effective and striking map.

John Mayer's song Born and Raised can be listened to on this Google Map.

Shadow Days allows you to watch an animated Street View movie of any journey within the USA. To create your own movie you just need to set a starting point and choose a destination. You can then watch as the application animates through selected Street Views from your journey and you can listen to John Mayer at the same time.

Singer Lykke Li also used Google Maps to help promote her album Wounded Rhymes. In this app you have to follow the directions given by a compass rose in Google Maps Street View to reach a new destination and to hear the next song on the album.

The Wilderness Downtown is perhaps the most inspired use of Google Maps to promote a band.

This impressive Google Chrome experiment combines video, Google Maps and Google Street View and choreographed multiple windows to help demonstrate what is possible with HTML5. The experiment 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.

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