This freaking mesmerizing video is a perfect example of Google Street View at its best. It’s the official video for “Chemin Vert” of electronic musician A Ghost Train. Chemin Vert is an immersive video of a trip on the road at supersonic speed spanning across five continents and four seasons. The video was made using panoramic frames from Google Street View from different parts of the world mapped as stereographic projections, also known as planetoid photography.
The bone shattering speed is in most of the video over 1500 km/h (that’s close to 1000 mph, you imperialists). The whole concept is the visualization of one of my childhood fantasies, riding a rocket launched at full speed just above the ground of a long road.
Chemin Vert is the result of a slow process of maturation spanning a few years. Different techniques were employed in the beginning, involving long trips on the road across Europe while shooting time lapse videos on the go. Back then the scope of the project was substantially different, concentrating more on the augmentation (as in augmented-reality) of landscapes. At a certain point the accent was moved on the aesthetic qualities of the landscapes themselves and on the immersive factor. In the final version of Chemin Vert the original footage comes from Google Street View, without which this project wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks Google. Thoogle.
If you have a fast computer, be sure to check the interactive version of the video HERE.