by shiftBacktick

Welcome to Chimera

Chimera Steppes became Nebraska's largest art installation when it opened to the public in August 2021. Explore a vast soundscape filled with finely tuned wind chimes that produce infinite melodies and harmonies. It's been said that every walk takes visitors on unexpected journeys. Enjoy!

System Requirements

Chimera is best experienced with headphones and a gamepad.

Real-time synthesis is an extremely CPU-intensive process. Chimera will attempt to run on any machine that meets its minimum requirements; however, pilots may experience stuttering or drop-outs when running below the recommended requirements.

Minimum System Requirements

CPU SSE2 capable (64-bit)

Recommended System Requirements

CPU 3.5 GHz Quad-Core (64-bit)

Browser Support

The HTML5 build of Chimera is intended to be played in a recent version of a Chromium-based browser, including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Opera. Browser extensions that alter page behavior are not recommended. Other browsers must support modern JavaScript features and the current Web Audio API specification.

How to Play

Walk endlessly through an evolving soundscape. Toggle auto walk to play with one button. Press randomize to play something new.


Chimera supports a variety of input devices. Its controls are comparable to standard first-person games with strafing and turning. Although remapping of controls is currently not available, alternate control schemes have been provided where appropriate.

Keyboard Controls

Action Key 1 Key 2 Key 3
Move Forward W Up Arrow Numpad 8
Move Backward S Down Arrow Numpad 5
Strafe Left A Z Numpad 4
Strafe Right D X Numpad 6
Turn Left Q Left Arrow Numpad 7
Turn Right E Right Arrow Numpad 9
Toggle Auto Move F
Randomize R
UI Confirm Enter Space Numpad Enter
Quit Escape

Mouse Controls

Chimera can be played with a keyboard and mouse for an immersive first-person experience:

Action Button
Move Forward Mouse 1 (Primary)
Move Backward Mouse 3 (Secondary)
Turning Mouse X-Axis
Toggle Auto Move Mouse 2 (Middle)

Gamepad Controls

Chimera supports standard gamepads such as an Xbox One controller. Other controllers can be configured with a utility like x360ce:

Action Button 1 Button 2 Button 3
Move Forward Any Stick D-Pad Up
Move Backward Any Stick D-Pad Down
Strafe Left Left Stick
Strafe Right Left Stick
Turn Left Right Stick D-Pad Left
Turn Right Right Stick D-Pad Right
Togle Auto Move A
Randomize B
UI Confirm A Start Select

Touch Controls

Chimera has limited touch support. Tap the screen to toggle auto move.


Chimera is developed in accordance with WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.1 at Level AA conformance. Its menus are fully operable with a keyboard and screen readers such as NVDA.

Audio Description

A light breeze stirs the wind chimes in the park. They produce percussive sounds that sharply dissolve into an overarching hum. Their notes are carefully organized in space to produce a gradient of motifs.

Graphical Description

Chimera Steppes is explored in a first-person perspective. The chimes are drawn abstractly as thin vertical lines against a flat background, much like a barcode. They sway in the wind and grow thicker when struck. The colors form an analogous scheme which oscillates through the spectrum and various levels of contrast.


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Thanks for playing!