Bob Dylan’s famous “Like a Rolling Stone” song has received a startlingly good interactive video clip for the 21st century, blending in original vision of Bob’s ballad alongside a range of TV shows where the host is miming the words from Dylan’s ditty.
Powered by the amazingly interactive Interlude.fm technology, Mr Dylan’s song is presented in the form of a cable-box TV viewing interface.
As you flick through each channel on offer, you instantly notice that no matter which channel you flick to, they’re all singing/speaking/miming Bob’s song.
Whether it’s a cooking show, the shopping channel, “BCC” news, a music channel, the Price is Right channel featuring Drew Carey, a sports channel or more, all of the people parodying various existing TV shows are doing what they’d do – selling vacuum cleaners, singing what looks like a different song, making a meal etc – but the words they’re mouthing and the song they’re singing is, well, just like a rolling stone.
Time Magazine explains there are 16 channels currently available, including one with footage of Bob Dylan singing the song himself, with more channels still set to come – meaning this interactive clip is set to become even more interactive in the not-too-distant future.
Time's article also says that the video "is timed with the release of The Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1", which is "a massive new Dylan 47-CD boxed set, including 35 studio titles and 6 live albums".
So… it’s probably time to stop reading this article, and watch this amazing interactive video clip – or if you’ve already seen it, to watch and play with it again!
If you’re still here, go and check out Interlude.fm to see all the other interactive videos they have on offer, while also finding out just how you could make such a video yourself.
There’s also a free Interlude app for iOS devices letting you enjoy the video from Apple-powered smartphones, and while it doesn’t seem as interactive as the desktop version where you can freely change channels at any time, you also get access to plenty more Interlude.fm powered interactive content.
When I try bringing up the site on an Android smartphone I’m told its not yet available for Android and to try the desktop experience instead, although the Interlude.fm site says they can make Android and HTML5 players for various Interlude.fm-powered content.