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    Full Stack archives
    Time Machine (popular charts since '07)
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    Deeper search options
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Current goal: 5000 supporters will allow us to add new features and continue developing our mobile apps

Second goal complete! 3000 monthly supporters will allow us to continue running Hype Machine.

Initial goal complete! 1000 monthly supporters won't cover our expenses, but it's the first step towards Hype Machine becoming a sustainable service.

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It must have been back in 2009 when my best friend showed me the site and ever since then it’s been my go to site for discovering music. I have vivd memories of me in my basement just scrolling and scrolling, finding new music for myself and my friends, and showing them the site too. It got to the point where for our friend group basically used each others favourites as our de facto party playlists and we’d go through liking all of each others music gaining a collective, community sourced pool of music.

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With my 9th Hypem birthday coming up, I wanted to show my support and say Thank You! Thank You for making me discover amazing music outside of my comfort tastes, taking me through intense days, and giving me bragging rights for already knowing the "latest band" my friends "just discovered".

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I went to a party with a few of the equestrian students and while I was expecting mainstream country music and maybe some blue grass, when I walked in I found myself in a beautiful blend of EDM, hip hop and chillwave. I staggered around trying to find who was in control of the music and this guy with a black beard and furry eyebrows pops up and his eyes grow really wide. “Dude, this is Hypemachine’s best of 2007 playlist. They can hook you up with music blogs from all around the world.” I haven’t looked back since.

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Scrolling through my saved favourites and reaching some of my first ever 'loved' songs can literally make me feel like I've travelled back in time. There's something so powerful about music and the way it transcends space and time. I can almost smell / feel / taste where I was all those years ago. Helicopter by Deerhunter was one of my first loves. Recommended by a NZ friend who ran a blog called RoseQuartz.

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I found Hype Machine back in 2010 (!) and have been telling everyone I can about it ever since. Other music services are fine and good for listening to what I already know that I like, but Hype Machine has always been my One True Source for NEW music that I get hooked on and listen to over and over. It's always a couple months ahead of the mainstream as well. I remember hearing Lorde on Hype Machine well before it was on the radio. Same with The 1975 and Birdy's cover of Skinny Love. It's the best! Can't live without it.

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How did we get here?

Hype Machine was built in a college dorm room in 2005, and over the years has grown into a dedicated community of music fans. We are a team of three—an independent company without investors or funding. Most of our revenue comes from ads on the desktop site, but due to changes in online advertising, this is no longer enough to support the service.

We’ve been amplifying the work of emerging musicians, writers, and communities for the last 12 years. Remaining independent has allowed us to make the kind of product we want to use ourselves: focused, playful, and in line with our ideas about what’s ethical. (We don’t collect or sell user data or emails, for example.)

What does Hype Machine do?

Hype Machine tracks music that people are talking about. We index hundreds of publications, handpicked as trusted voices in the global conversation about music. Our thinking is that if one of them liked something enough to write about it, it’s worth a listen.

Every track indexed ends up on the Latest page, whether it’s published by a site with 20,000 followers or 20. Listen and you might stumble into your new favorite song, a style of music you hadn't heard before, or an artist that was way off your radar.

Music is more accessible now than ever before thanks to streaming services. That’s great! We use them too. What makes Hype Machine unique is how we approach discovery—finding new and unfamiliar sounds through the lens of the writers in our index. Because sometimes, the most exciting stuff is just outside our listening habits.

How did it start?

In 2005, music discussion was dominated by a handful of large print magazines. Blogs emerged to cover a broader range of music beyond the top commercial releases of the day, spreading the conversation across thousands of sites.

Hype Machine brought all these posts together in one place for easy streaming. Built as a personal project, it quickly caught on with curious listeners. The following year, Anthony bought the hypem.com domain, moved Hype Machine from the server it shared with his collection of Godspeed You! Black Emperor concert photos, and increased capacity for our growing audience.

We're grateful that Hype Machine has been able to reach so many people over the years. It may seem like a large company from the outside, but it's just the three of us sitting around a kitchen table, answering emails and writing code.

Why are we raising money?

As music experiences on the internet have become more centralized, powered by a handful of large services, they’ve also become more alike. Today, a listener’s choice is between minor interface and catalog differences—a narrow way of interacting with a key part of contemporary culture. We think that people deserve a multitude of ways of experiencing music, and we’d like to build more of them with your support and feedback.

Crowdfunding is our sole option—online advertising only works well at immense scale (while introducing complex privacy issues), and venture capital prioritizes returns over sustainability.

Your monthly contribution will allow us to keep Hype Machine running, but most importantly, continue creating ways to explore new music. We’ve been thinking about these ideas for many years, and we’re ready to try more of them out with you.

Let's build it together.

—Dave, Zoya, and Anthony

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