Schiller has written a very extensive article that provides all sorts of background and technical info on the site’s development (e.g., development of the site began on January 31, 2011 and has taken approximately four months). It’s clearly not intended for “real” DJs — as Schiller notes, “what DJ really wants to scratch records with a mouse, anyway” — and using it comes with all kinds of caveats, but it’s still an awesome idea and the execution is incredibly impressive (watch a video of it in action).
While Flash was used for portions of the site — primarily to provide audio support — a site like this just continues to prove that “native” web technologies, though still in the early stages in some cases, are more than capable of creating truly immersive and engaging web experiences. (Another example would be The Man in Blue’s HTML5/CSS3-based “Definitive Daft Punk” visualization.)
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I've also written for Christ and Pop Culture, ScreenAnarchy, Filmwell, and Christian Research Journal. I pay the bills by creating beautiful user interfaces and websites for Firespring and Red Bicycle.