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“We Used To Wait” by Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire released The Suburbs on August 2, 2010. “The Wilderness Downtown” is an interactive interpretation of the song “We Used To Wait” from this album. In collaboration with Google, Arcade Fire’s new video invites viewers to enter their postcode or childhood address, and then uses Google Maps to generate a user specific video with images of their childhood streets. It was created by director Chris Milk via Google Chrome and the latest open web technologies, including HTML5 video, audio, and canvas.

Click The Wilderness Downtown to try it.

Note—you must be using Google Chrome for this to work. Therefore, you will be asked to download it if you do not already have it. When you finish downloading it you must copy the above URL and paste it into the Google Chrome browser. Once you are redirected you will be asked to enter the address you want to use. You will see it populate as you start to enter it.

I have tried this and it works a little bit. Some of the briefly displayed containers will show surrounding buildings. But he isn’t running down my childhood neighborhood street. Is he running in your neighborhood?

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