The Bird is the Word

As a donation for an art auction at New Urban Arts, I offered a customized animation that dances to music. Surprisingly, someone took me up on it. And she offered a ridiculous photo of her cat, Birdie, along with the song “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen.

I’d done this before with Magic Ears and Happy Birthday, Kath. This time, I created the animation it using HTML5 canvas and the web audio API so as to get it to work across both desktop and mobile devices. Shout out to the fine WAAPISim polyfill for enabling a Flash fallback I needed for Internet Explorer.

Click the image to view the animation. Also, here’s the code on Github.

The Bird is the Word - View the Animation