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Evan DeubnerBy Evan Deubner
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Evan DeubnerBy Evan Deubner
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About

We Are Living In A 'Golden Age' Of Musical Achievement

The reason a lot of people think Music today is bad is very simple.  They are listening to the wrong Music.  And that's not their fault.   They are consistently bombarded with people and institutions telling them what to like.

The inclusivity that the internet provides gives us unprecedented access to creative minds from all over the world.   New genres are being created because someone in Greece was influenced by an artist in Israel who listens to Metal bands from France.

DunderBands is a 'Guided Search Engine'
DunderBands is a 'Guided Search Engine'

DunderBands is set up to specifically seek out these hidden gems.  And you will be the one finding this Music.  These are albums that would never come up in any normal search result because not enough people know about them.

That's why my first decision when making DunderBands was to limit the view count to less than 10,000 views.   Another feature that brings everything together is that DunderBands pulls the first 100 comments regarding the album and searches for words like 'Fantastic'  'Amazing'  'Masterpiece'.   It then displays the entire comment above the found album.

The comment containing positive words is displayed above your finds.
The comment containing positive words is displayed above your finds.

The current Prototype can be found here.

It will make you create an account but that's only so you can have your own favorites and ignore list.  No need to verify email addresses or even provide a real one.  Just remember your username and password.

I will be setting up a Discord Server for backers to join.  I'm really looking forward to any and all ideas, criticisms and praise.  As I am only one person, I am starved for discussion and feedback.

How DunderBands Came To Be

DunderBands first started taking shape when I started answering more and more questions about Music on Quora.  I noticed a disturbing trend. 

Music is my life.  I listen to at least 2 or 3 brand new artists I've never heard of every single day.  There is so much Music in this world that it is literally impossible to listen to all of it in your lifetime.  Just think about that.  

This whole time I was under the impression that everyone else was enjoying this 'Golden Age' right along side me.  

At first I blamed them for being too lazy to actually make the effort to find good Music.   But then people actually started asking for help.  They truly had no idea where to find Music that wasn't being suggested to them by google or YouTube or being played over and over again on their local radio station.   

In my rebuttal to one question in particular I included a sincere offer for anyone to give me just a couple favorite artists and I would find Music for themthat they had never heard before and that they would cherish.  

The first girl that reached out was a Talking Headsfan.  She also loved 80's New Wave.

"My favorite song is “Flying” by  Living Color, which is fairly modern, but I’m a huge fan     of 1970’s folk  rock and 80’s new wave like The Fixx, Talk Talk and Thompson Twins. My  favorite band is The Talking Heads. I try to search for similar music  online but it seems more and more these days like it’s impossible. Three  years ago I discovered Brian Eno and The Eagles by searching up The  Talking Heads and I got hooked on those songs. Now when I try to find  similar songs, Google keeps taking me to “Vevo’s YouTube” with Miley  Cyrus and Katy Perry. I’m on-board with the idea of a better music  matching service, free or otherwise, all the way"

An hour after sending her a link to Carpenter Brut's Leather Teeth she responded.

thanks so much for the link - I’ve  never heard Carpenter Brut’s stuff before but I’m listening to it right  now and it has so many familiar sounds - it has me thinking of The  Styx, Pearl Jam, The Knack, so many other bands, it’s amazing! I’d love  to see a radio station play this stuff, it reminds me of the stuff I  listened to when I went camping as a kid. 

This reply had me grinning like a fool.  It made me so happy.  

I started answering questions more geared towards finding Music rather than bashing it. 

One person said something one day that stuck with me.  He said the Music I had recommended was something he "Didn't even know he wanted to hear."  

That's when the first thoughts popped into my head about what would eventually become DunderBands.  It started with a question.  "How are people supposed to search for things they don't know they want to hear?"

This seemed serious to me.  It seemed that everyone who didn't make a concerted effort to find good Music daily was going to be doomed to listen to whatever the radio told them to listen to.

I hadn't quite spread my programming wings yet.  I was still taking notes, watching tutorials and solving coding challenges.  But for the first time I had an idea for something that I thought would actually be useful.

I spent 12 hours creating a 'Proof Of Concept'.  That night I had it spitting out Music links that I would never have heard without it.  Music that I still listen to today.

After I saw what was possible I just kept moving forward.

I realize this isn't for everyone.  I know that my passion for Music is large and important.  Not everyone is like that.

But if you do love Music and you want to hear a portion of what's going on around the world, DunderBands will find you Music to love.  I can guarantee you that.

Risks and challenges

My own inexperience in software development is the biggest obstacle for this project. However, I have surpassed every challenge that I have faced so far and I don't plan on giving up easy. I'm patient and driven when it comes to problem solving.

Converting the app to Android has already proven to be a difficult challenge. I'll either have to finish learning Kotlin and Android Studio then migrate everything over from Python/Flask or I'll have to get Kivy working with P2A (Python To Android) which has so far been fairly unstable.

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    For 10% of the total goal amount you will receive an old beat-up back-packer acoustic guitar with ['MY_SIGNATURE', 'DUNDER_BANDS', 'META_LOGO', 'MERRY_CHRISTMAS', 'DATE_ADDED']

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