Concept Project


Curtis L. Thornton
Jun 21, 2017 · 3 min read

Have you ever heard of RainyCafe? It’s a simple service website that does one thing very well: provide ambient sounds of rain, a noisy cafe, or both.

Those sounds activate what is called the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (or ASMR) to aid in concentration or relaxation. It’s a sort of sound that “signifies the subjective experience of low-grade euphoria.” In other words, your brain really likes it.

SpaceChatter is a concept project that combines some of these sounds into a nice, single-serving website. It combines the live chatter of air traffic controllers with soothing, drifting chillwave music. These two sounds can be controlled using the minimal interface. Photos and images of the Earth are rotated in and out of the background. Ideally, the site will load immediately and start playing, so there is no input from the user to start listening.

The site will utilize feeds, along with a constant stream of music from a SoundCloud playlist or other music provider.

To get a slight experience with this site, listen to these two videos at the same time:

The channel selector can be expanded to display the top 20 live air traffic control feeds, or the user can search for one specifically using the search bar. A location icon on the right can select the nearest air traffic controller using the brower’s location feature.

Simple controls next to the radio and music channel make it easy to adjust the volume and playback.

Currently, I plan on the site utilizing Unsplash for the background images that will be displayed using a vanilla CSS Ken Burns effect. A few of the different backgrounds can be seen here:

So, what’s this all about?

Honestly, this is just about combining a couple of that I really like in one nice, neat little package. I wouldn’t even know where to start in actually developing this.

But if you have some ideas and would like to contribute, send me a message and let me know.

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