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The Hype Machine, Best Mashup of Mashup Camp 3

Here in Boston at Mashup Camp 3, we’ve seen an incredible range of applications mashed up from sites and services on the web. During three total hours of SpeedGeeking, Mashup Camp attendees spent five minutes a piece viewing demos and asking questions of mashup developers. Then each attendee votes for his or her favorite mashup with a wooden nickel.

We saw mashups going way beyond basic integration with Google Maps to include MySpace integration, hardware hacks, and voice-enabled applications. Early buzz focused on OpenKapow, The Hype Machine, and Gigul8tor by Eventful. And of course everybody loved GBlinker: a Google pin wired up to a serial port so it flashes when email comes in.

OpenKapow offers a platform for creating web-based APIs, feeds, and HTML snippets from any website, taking mashup possibilities way beyond the 300+ APIs offered on ProgrammableWeb.

The Hype Machine combines blog posts from a set of curated music blogs with Amazon sales data and upcoming events. It includes an amazing hacked integration with iTunes that takes you right from the web page to the track you’re interested in. If you prefer buying through Amazon, The Hype Machine figures out what CD page to display.

Gigul8tor provides a data entry page aimed at bands where they can enter information about upcoming gigs and venues. Gigul8tor displays a list of possible locations depending on the venue engine and enters event information right into Eventful in an interface designed just for bands. It shows how different user interfaces could be built in front of Eventful with mashup techniques.

And the winner of Best Mashup and a laptop donated by Intel is… The Hype Machine by Anthony Volodkin. Second place is also a music-related mashup: tourfilter. Is 2007 the year of the music mashup?

13 Responses to “The Hype Machine, Best Mashup of Mashup Camp 3”

  1. I liked one that was an unofficial demo – it animated gig maps for myspace bands with musical notes.

    Then there was an awesome one (also unofficial)
    that was google earth – but for marine data.
    SharkDenim(sp?) That will be very useful if one can get it on a super-bright laptop screen to use on a boat!

  2. Anne Zelenka

    Chris – sorry I screwed up your service’s name–I typed this really quickly as the best mashup award was being announced. No wonder I couldn’t find the website!

  3. As a DJ and music podcaster a good bit of my new music knowledge comes from simply listening to the Hype Machine – I make note of the artists and songs that I like and then go back and download them from the blogs later.

    Hype Machine makes it super easy to hear the latest music across a variety of genres – and it’s all in one place. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in finding new music or new music blogs.

  4. hype machine is indeed a great tool.

    most importantly, he’s taken into account how this tool can be helpful rather than harmful to record labels and artists who continually struggle to protect our copyrighted materials.

    while other aggregators encourage illegal downloading, anthony has taken great strides (and undoubtedly a huge amount of work) to encourage sampling and buying, as well as barring links to web sites / blogs that provide full album downloads and routinely violate copyright.

    anthony is doing this the responsible way and we appreciate that greatly.

    this is a great acknowledgement of his work.

    -adam farrell
    beggars group / matardor records

  5. Hype Machine definitely deserved the prize. I hope he enjoys that laptop, or at least gets a good price for it on Ebay. :)

    Oh, and it’s Gigul8r. I know it’s a horrible Myspace-like name, but the domain was available…