Over the Hills was created by French digital studio ultranoir, working with illustrator mcbess to present his group’s EP of the same name. The mixture of sound and exploration are perfectly coordinated to create a captivating experience.
“We tried to push the boundaries of what we thought was possible with interactive 3D and sound on the web. We had fun playing with mcbess’ twisted cartoon style in building funny interactions based around a 3D spatial sound experience,” says lead developer Jérémy Saint-Prix. The project even made it into the real world, when the gramophone built for the project was 3D printed, painted by mcbess and exhibited in a Parisian gallery.
The WebGL effects work seamlessly with the drawings, and since it’s a pretty unique effect, the user remains curious about what they’ll find at each turn. They can explore infinite tunnels, scratch their own turntable and activate the music themselves, but guidance is given so they never feel lost in this new world of UX.
The whole experience is monochromatic, save some very small bursts of colour. Overall, the marriage of music, interaction, incredible design and innovation have kept me coming back to this site for months.
“The tiniest details have been considered, such as panning the sound as the world is pivoted”
Tifany Rayside (@tmrDevelops)