History class just got a little more interactive.
Ken Burns – the documentary filmmaker known for his style of using archival footage – partnered with digital agency Big Spaceship to create an app that curates his films into hour-long “mixtapes,” according to Wired.
The app, “Ken Burns,” allows users to surf a timeline year by year, seeing how clips from each film line up chronologically with each other. “Zoom in on 1869, for example, and a cloud of clips from The Civil War, The West, and The National Parks orbit in parallax formation around one another; swipe to 1930, and it’s clips from Jazz, Prohibition, Baseball, Huey Long, Thomas Hart Benton and The Dust Bowl. You can also watch its six playlists straight through – they range in length from 20 minutes to an hour long – or select individual clips à la carte,” according to Wired.
Released today, the app is free to download from the app store. The full, premium version of the app is $9.99. Check out an intro video/demonstration below: