Get your zen on with this ambient Instagram TV channel

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Hyperlax mashes up public Instagram content with chill house music—and it will take you on a magical trip around the world.

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A clever hack of Instagram’s Hyperlapse feature, the web channel presents a live feed of videos tagged #hyperlapse set to ambient house music. The simple combination of immersive visuals and entrancing music will take you on a relaxing trip around the world through the eyes of a seemingly infinite stream of people.

The web channel originally launched in March 2015 and rose to a top three placement on Product Hunt before being forced to shutter after changes in the Instagram API shut down its data feed. Two years later, the site has found new life thanks to some chance collaboration between its founder, Taylor Crane, and software engineer Josh Frye.

Frye, a fan of the original Hyperlax, reached out to Crane to ask for some insights into how he built the platform for a project he was working on with live video streamed from the International Space Station. Happy to help, Crane shared his source code with Frye. As a thank you, Frye found a workaround that would get Hyperlax up and running again.

Perhaps teamwork really does make the dream work.

Need a five minute break today? Enter the ultimate chill-zone by heading to and experiencing the stream for yourself—just be sure to have the volume on!

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Katie Perry

Contributor, Social Media Week

Katie Perry is a marketing & content strategist and contributor to SMW News, a leading news platform covering startups, tech, brands and the future of work. You can follow Katie on Twitter at @katieeperry.

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