YouTube and Google Creative Lab used machine learning to turn thousands of Billie Eilish covers into “Infinite Bad Guy.” The site pulls together different covers and allows you to click through them while staying on the beat of the song.

Thousands of cover videos played to the same beat
Infinite Bad Guy featuring Billie Eilishs Bad Guy music video.
Somehow, perhaps by some cosmic intervention, I havent gotten tired of hearing Billie Eilishs Bad Guy on the radio. Apparently, Im not the only one because tens of thousands of people have gone to the effort of making covers of the song and uploading them to YouTube. In celebration of its music video passing 1 billion views, YouTube and Google Creative Lab have turned all of those covers into an interactive AI experiment. Infinite Bad Guy, which YouTube calls the worlds first infinite music video, collects thousands of covers and blends them together, using machine learning to align each one within quarter-beats of the original.
Going to pulls up the original Bad Guy music video with cover videos on either side, set against a background of hundreds of tiny video thumbnails floating around a black void. When you click over from one video to another, the second will pick up on the same beat the first left off on. Pausing pulls up stats about how many covers youve watched and how many times youve played through a full loop of the song. When the song reaches the drop at the bridge, the color of the interface turns from green to red.
The fun thing is that theyve also curated different tags that you can browse. There are predictable keywords like guitar, choir, and signing (for sign language covers) as well as some funkier selections like ASMR, cat, and toy chicken? As I clicked around, I became less interested in the actual song and more in the variety of instruments, genres, and goofs.
Its a cool premise, though not quite seamless. When I tried it out, there was a bit of a lag as each video loaded, so it doesnt exactly satisfy the craving for a fluid DJ mix. Differences in quality are particularly evident when covers are played back to back out of thousands of covers, not all of them are going to be good covers. Some of the covers are actually just homemade music videos set to the original audio. There also isnt audio leveling from one video to the next, so you may end up fiddling with your volume as you travel through the playlist.
Despite some clunkiness, its an engaging way to spend a few minutes away from the usual algorithms. I recommend you experience it yourself and see how many melodica solos you can get through before you close your browser.