PandoDaily's David Holmes has published a new, interactive explainer on climate change. "[W]e wanted to see if we could take the 'explainer song' model and make it more social and interactive," Holmes tells Poynter in an email. "Climate Change, Remixed" lets viewers add or remove instrumentation, including a "bumping car" button that adds "The Chronic"-style sounds and -- if for some reason you need such a thing in your life -- slap bass.
Here's the noninteractive version of the song (the more fun one is here)
Holmes wrote the song with Andrew Bean, who he says plays most of the instruments on the track. Both men sang. Sharon Shattuck worked on the art and animation, Holmes said, and Zach Thompson coded it. "We were inspired by interactive music projects like this one by the band ABBY," he said in his email.
Holmes' explainer on fracking, which my coworker Mallary Tenore wrote about in May 2011, has racked up more than 300,000 views on YouTube. He's worked on a number of "PandoHouse Rock" musical explainers, including a fun one on copyright. Previously: From Schoolhouse Rock to ‘The Fracking Song,’ explainers as ‘acts of empathy' | ProPublica explains Super PACs with song