Most posts here on Sssimpli are new apps or methods to somehow simplify the web. Every now and then, though, something comes along that forces us to rejoice in the sheer awesomeness that the modern web has made possible.
Infinite Jukebox is such a wonder. Created by Paul Lamere at the Music Hack Day weekend hosted at MIT, Infinite Jukebox makes any song literally last forever. Lamere himself best explains the magic behind it all:
The app works by sending your uploaded track over to The Echo Nest, where it is decomposed into individual beats. Each beat is then analyzed and matched to other similar sounding beats in the song. This information is used to create a detailed song graph of paths though similar sounding beats. As the song is played, when the next beat has similar sounding beats there’s a chance that we will branch to a completely different part of the song. Since the branching is to a very similar sounding beat in the song, you (in theory) won’t notice the jump. This process of branching to similar sounding beats can continue forever, giving you an infinitely long version of the song.
To accompany the music, Lamere created a visualization that "does a good job of helping the listener understand what is going on under the hood," by providing a visual accompaniment of each beat and chord linking to its rhythmic brethren.
Infinite Jukebox is a thing of unmatched wonder... but enough of my rambling. Go check it out for yourself. Go to the homepage to upload a track of your own, or sample a previously uploaded track. Gangnam style, anyone?
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