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From the lab: Fast Forward

We have something new for you today from the Hype Machine Labs. We call it Fast Forward.

Fast Forward is a speedy, immersive way to explore new music being discussed by the world-class blogs we index at The Hype Machine. I mean it: it is really fast.

We’ve been thinking about this idea since SXSW 2009, and after some further inspiration, thought to push this experience further. Fast Forward is like a spinning radio dial across radio stations curated by music bloggers.

From the latest, popular, or genre channels of blogged music, we show you screenshots of related blog posts, while playing short samples of the songs being discussed. Want to read the whole post? Click the big image on your screen. Like the song? Click the heart to add it to your Hype Machine favorites. Use your arrow keys, space bar, or the > button to skip to the next sample.

Now, do this for a few minutes. The favorites you add via Fast Forward won’t be auto-posted to Twitter or scrobbled to Last.fm, if you have that enabled on the Hype Machine, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Find something new to love? Keep going! There’s always more music up ahead.

This is still an early beta, so we’d love to know what you like, don’t like, or when something is broken. Please write here. Thanks!

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Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about.

We handpick a set of kickass music blogs and then present what they discuss for easy analysis, consumption and discovery.

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