Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Will Hagle
Croacia Audio is an audio production company that has created a website that consists only of sounds, navigable using your voice.
Sound production company Croacia Audio decided to create their website in a way that actually demonstrates the power of its audio production tools. When you visit the site, an entirely white page with no text, images or videos is displayed. Make sure your speakers are turned up, as a voice begins speaking in order to give you instructions on how to use the site. Also, the page was created as a Google Chrome experiment, so the experience is limited to those who already have that browser installed (which should be everyone that uses a computer by now). Another unusual aspect of the site is that it requires access to your computer’s built-in microphone in order to record your voice. While it may seem like a security misstep to allow access to an entirely blank website, the experience of using your voice to navigate Croacia Audio’s sounds is worth giving the site permission to your microphone.
The way the site works is that your voice gives commands to determine what sounds you hear. The pre-programmed voice that greets you when you arrive to the site continues to guide you through various menus. During an initial test, for example, you can say “drums” and Croacia Audio will immediately begin playing drum sounds. If you say “guitar,” the same is true for guitar. The site is incredibly responsive to specific commands, allowing you to trigger example sounds without touching your mouse or keyboard. Unfortunately, like many products with voice-control capabilities, the technology isn’t advanced enough for it to be a seamless experience. The site is limited to its programmed choices the same way iOS’s Siri or the Xbox Kinect is limited by a certain set of specific commands. You can’t really talk to the site, only use your voice to navigate through it. It’s an interesting concept that’s fun to see in action, but it ultimately left me wanting the freedom of being able to click around at my own convenience. Still, I commend Croacia Audio for creating such a unique site that demonstrates their professional sound skills.