The first album I ever bought with my own money was Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York. It featured mainly lesser-known songs and covers, but was on constant repeat on my Walkman. While the whole album was fantastic, there was one song that stood out the most to me—"The Man Who Sold The World."
The song (originally written by David Bowie) kept me under a spell, which had me replaying the song over and over and over and over. As I got older, I found myself sharing this relationship with a handful of other songs. The concept of the replay has virtually stayed the same since I first heard Nirvana's great album.
Thanks to a new web app called The Infinite Jukebox, you can now upload your favorite song and listen to it for as long as you want on repeat, but not in the traditional sense.
Instead of just repeating the song over after it ends, the application analyzes and finds connections. This builds a sphere with a load of lines intersecting and linking to each other.
An algorithm then uses these connections randomly to create a seamless transition to other similar sounding parts of the song, creating a never-ending experience of sorts.
As the song is played, a green bar moves clockwise around the circle. Whenever a beat that has similar sound to another beat is passed, there's a chance the green bar will transfer to that other beat. This process will continue until you stop it, giving it an infinite version of the song. Here's a good example of what it can do.
Note: The web application only works for Chrome and Safari. If you try opening the site on another browser, such as Firefox, you'll receive this error.
What's your favorite song on infinite playback?