A music video has been made entirely from Google Street View images that takes in locations from all around the world.
Director Adam Chitayat made the mesmerizing timelapse video while trapped indoors during the Covid-19 pandemic and was “desperate for the outside world beyond my doorstep, city, state, and country,” he says.
“I started crafting a project using entirely Google Maps Streetview Images. I viewed and downloaded the world from my desk, finding amazing spaces, altering, hand tracking, and creating timelapses and shots,’ Chitayat writes on Vimeo.
Initially, he wasn’t sure what to do with his unique creation and it sat on his hard drive until he heard a song by Swedish electronic DJ Axel Boman that the director thought would match.
“I heard the latest album from Axel Boman. Here was a song from one of my favorite artists with such a propulsive and idealistic reaching out toward the wider world. Letting the wind take us, with love as the sail, a blur of adventure across the planet.”
The song is entitled Out Sailing and features Man Tear and Inre Frid. The relaxed electronic tune has a distinctive flickering sound running throughout that synergizes with the constant frame changes in the video.
The video comes with a warning before the start that it “contains fast moving images that may affect viewers who are photosensitive.”
Chitayat took images from scores of wonderous locations such as Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, the Grand Canyon, and the Burj Al Arab in the United Arab Emirates.
Axel Boman was thrilled with the work, with the DJ writing on Instagram: “Out Sailing from my album LUZ has been visualized!”
“Using only Google Street views and very clever editing, Adam Chitayat has created a mind-blowing trip around the globe…Thank you so much.”
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